Senior Practitioner - Children Looked After

Hertfordshire County Council
Hertford, Stevenage & Apsley
Starting at £40,371 per annum (including £4k annual market forces payment) PLUS £1k Welcome Payment
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

Senior Practitioner - Children Looked After

Hertford, Stevenage & Apsley

Starting Salary £40,371 per annum (including £4k annual market forces payment) PLUS £1k Welcome Payment*

Full-time, Permanent

Ref: HCC19624

Diversity: We are an inclusive employer and value a diverse workforce.

Challenge yourself by helping children and their families achieve their best outcomes.

At Hertfordshire County Council, we believe that the children and young people in our care deserve the best. And that means ensuring the social workers who work alongside them are trained, supported, and highly motivated. Our teams ensure looked after children can access everything the county has to offer to help them feel accepted, supported, safe, hopeful and loved. 

This role is an opportunity to build meaningful relationships with children, young people and families as well as productive partnerships with services such as mental health, education and the police. We work hard across the service to increase collaboration, consistency, capacity and compassion. Join us and you can be sure you’re changing lives for the better – including your own.

We’ll challenge you with complex and diverse caseloads, but we’ll also support you with regular supervision and training, delivered via a stable and supportive management team. Our strengths-based approach is directed at achieving the best possible outcomes, and we take time to learn from each other and the lived experiences of children and young people. In terms of work-life balance, we’ve taken lessons from the pandemic and now offer hybrid working with appropriate support and resources.

A qualified and registered social worker, you’ll have significant frontline experience of working with children and young people facing complex issues. You will also be used to researching and sharing new developments in social work practice.  As you will be involved in care planning; assessments and reviews you’ll also need strong written and spoken communication skills.   Your energy, passion and persistence will be matched by sound decision-making that balances the wishes of young people; the support needs of their families with rigorous safeguarding.

In return we offer great training opportunities; an innovative working environment and a generous benefits package that includes relocation expenses of up to £6,000, a car lease scheme and access to the Local Government Pension Scheme.

**Applications are shortlisted weekly with interviews offered weekly**

For an informal discussion and more information please contact Sarah Baker on 07580744211.

Benefits of Working for HCC:

*Welcome one-off payment of £1,000 for all external appointments who have completed their ASYE at the time of application.

  • Flexible Working Arrangements (depending on the role)
  • Excellent Career Development
  • Salary Exchange for Additional Benefits
  • Excellent Pension Scheme with Employer Contributions
  • Shopping Discounts
  • Support Groups & Wellbeing Schemes

Application Information:

How to Apply:

Please click on the 'apply’ button.

As part of the application, you will be required to upload your most recent CV ensuring gaps in employment have been addressed and includes your current, or most recent, employer. You are also asked to provide a supporting statement which is your opportunity to evidence how your skills, knowledge and experience match what we are looking for based on the Person Specification area of the attached Job Outline. If you do not supply a supporting statement, your application will be rejected.

Closing date: 30 June 2022.

Safeguarding: Safeguarding children and adults is of utmost importance to Hertfordshire County Council. The Council requires employees to abide by legislation and best practice to enable Hertfordshire to achieve this. This role has been identified as requiring a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. For more information Click Here.

Driving Roles Only: As part of this role, you will be required to travel to other HCC Sites/Residences either using your own mode of transport or a company car. In light of this, the ability to drive and/or travel around the County is required for this role a DVLA check will be required on appointment.

Overseas Applications: We will accept applications from all applicants who already have an established right to work in the UK. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide sponsorships for this post.

Additional Information:

English Fluency: The ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.

Disability Confident: We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer and guarantee an interview to anyone disclosing a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

Why Hertfordshire: Watch our ‘Why Hertfordshire’ video. Our staff use their own words to tell their story and share their experiences of what it is like working here. Take your next step in your career.

Hertfordshire County Council is currently undertaking a review of its pay structure and terms and conditions. The council is undertaking this review as part of its commitment to continuing to be an employer of choice, by ensuring that its pay and terms and conditions are relevant to future working practices. You can read more about this on our website.

CS Roles Only: We expect all Children Services employees to fulfil Hertfordshire's Professional Promise for how children, young people & young adults with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their families should be treated. It is our agreement to place families and children at the centre of what we do, and helps parents and carers to understand and be able to hold us to account for how we provide our services. For further information please visit: ‘Professional Promise’.

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