Social work jobs Advanced Social Work Practitioner

Posted 28-02-2019
Application deadline 17/03/2019
Location Wakefield
Job reference 224903
Hours per-week 37
Salary £38,052 - £40,858

Committed to helping children and young people?   Us too, come and help us build something special in Wakefield.

We are currently advertising for Advanced Practioners within:

  • Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
  • Locality Teams
  • Children in Care
  • Children in Care (Proceedings)
Should you have a preference of the team in which you would like to work, please specify this within the supporting Statement of your application form. You may also specify your interest in more than one of the teams.

Thriving children in thriving families need exceptional people to support them. In Wakefield we've been working hard to make the changes that will create a strong and sustainable social work service filled with confident, competent practitioners empowered to make a difference.

Our approach is beyond partnership and collaboration, we have real connection with our partners, who are just as committed and energetic about making the necessary changes as we are. There's a truly shared responsibility for success, and a passion and energy from everyone involved, right from the most senior people in the organisations all the way to frontline practitioners.

Being an Advanced Practitioner in Wakefield will include all of the challenges and rewards that rapid improvement brings. In return for you bringing your passion, expertise and drive, we offer:

  • Manageable caseloads - we've made good progress on bringing down workloads and are aiming for case-loads of 20 (15 for newly-qualified social workers) and no more than 160 children's cases per team. Smaller teams mean you get - and can give - the best support
  • Regular, reflective supervision to support your practice and professional development.
  • Additional investment in the social work structure, with new management positions and additional frontline teams being established
  • Experienced social workers - support to achieve your career ambitions, including development into advanced practitioner, practice educator and team manager roles
  • Comprehensive training, including professional development and courses to support your wellbeing e.g. resilience and managing stress
  • The chance live and work in a dynamic city filled with culture and leisure opportunities, with great housing at affordable prices and good transport links
In return we are looking for:
  • You to be a qualified experienced social worker, with a proven track record in achieving the highest standards of practice in complex casework
  • Experienced social workers who will hold a complex case load and support our growing population of newly-qualified social workers
  • Co-work cases with colleagues in your team to assist with their learning and development
  • Assist the team manager by providing support and guidance to other team members, and contribute to quality service provision
Please note: Locality Social Worker, Advanced Practitioner and Team Manager posts now attract a Market Rate Supplement of GBP 1,250 payable in the first 12 months in post, for those that qualify, with additional payments scheduled for years 2 and 3.

Closing date:  17 March 2019 Shortlisting date: 18 March 2019 Assessment Centre/Interviews/ are to be held week commencing 25 March 2019.

For an informal discussion please contact Nigel Porter at who will arrange for the relevant service manager dependent on your preference team to contact you further.

The successful applicant will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form and to provide criminal conviction information.

Wakefield Council is wholly committed to ensuring children and young people are fully supported and safe.  We are dedicated to the safeguarding of all children and young people whilst promoting their welfare and expect all staff and volunteers to share this responsibility.

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