The Children and Families Hub is the single point of contact for members of the public and professionals to raise concerns about the welfare and safety of children residing in Essex. We aim to work with families as soon as any difficulties become apparent, to help them identify the things they want to change and provide the right level of intervention at the right time.
The Children and Families Hub provides both early help and statutory advice, guidance via the Consultation Line and access to Family Solutions and Children’s Social Care services for children and families with identified Level 3-intensive and Level 4- specialist needs. The Hub champions Essex’s organisational behaviours to inspire, be innovative, enable, collaborate and deliver. The Children and Families Hub is an office based due to the function of the service and staff being essential key workers.
The Senior Practitioner role provides leadership in the team, providing both support and mentoring to Social Workers and Alternatively Qualified staff and deputising for the Team Manager when needed. They will oversee the quality and timely progression of Early Help and Social Work triage undertaken by staff at the Hub. The Senior Practitioner role is key in undertaking quality assurance activities to ensure the best possible service is offered to children and families in Essex.
There will be good opportunities for your own professional development and for being part of developing our team and service. There is an ethos of openness to the development of new ideas, particularly to reinforce our relationship based focus, both with our service users and within the staff group.
The successful candidate will be expected to bring skill and high standards of social work to their own work as well as providing modelling, advice and support to colleagues. They will be committed to systemic, relationship based social work, providing effective, innovative interventions and with the ability to build good partnerships, both with our external partners and within the organisation.
Skills and Knowledge
Diploma in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent.
* Social Work England registration as a registered Social Worker
* Evidence of continuing professional development
* IT/Word Processing Skills
* Evidence of recent practice at an experienced social worker level, supported by comprehensive working knowledge and experience within the field of practice in Children Services
* Preferably with experience of Child Protection work including section 47 investigations and assessments since the implementation of the Children’s Act 1989.Considerable, recent experience of communicating with children of all ages and working in partnership with parents and/or carers.
* Experience in planning activities and programmes for children, young people and parents.
* Experience of Court work in relation to Child Care matters and have an understanding of the legal process.
* Detailed knowledge of current legislation pertinent to Child Protection (e.g. CA1989, CJA1991), Guidance and Regulations.
* Knowledge and understanding of child development, relating theory and practice.
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