Advanced Practitioner – Social Care

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Advanced Practitioner – Social Care
Contract / Temporary

NCT (HQ) TCL 16649

Posted: 24th January 2024 13:13
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  • Pay Rate:

    £30.77 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • Northampton,

    NN1 1ED

What's involved with this role:

Interim Advanced Practitioner – Social Care

Job Ref: NCT (HQ) TCL 16649

Pay Rate: £30.77 per hour PAYE

Hours per week: 35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

Role Length: This opening assignment is for 3 months

City: Northampton

Hybrid working available

Enhanced DBS required for this role

The role is responsible for providing practical and social work support for children, young people and families. The role will include undertaking assessments, visiting children and their families, carrying out interventions, reviewing the work undertaken, direct work with children, young people and families and any other work identified as necessary. All of this must be based on best evidence and good practice, privileging the best interests of children and young people.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work independently to hold and effectively manage a small complex caseload. This will include the most high risk, high need, looked after children; a range of high profile court work and specialist assessments and interventions as required.
  • Undertake high quality direct work with children, young people and families, involving all key family members and prioritising children and young people's safety. Work using Signs of Safety methodology, which works collaboratively with families to empower them to find solutions whilst ensuring working within the policies, procedures of Children's Services and regulatory standards.
  • Lead on family network meetings and case mappings. Carry out in depth and ongoing family assessment of social need and manage risk to children, with particular focus on parental capacity and capacity to change.
  • Co-work specialist assessments with less experienced members of the team to ensure that they improve and develop.
  • Assist the Team Manager in the recruitment, induction, supervision and appraisal of team members and in the effective management performance in accordance with the council’s policies and procedures.
  • Recognise harm and risk indictors of different forms of harm to children relating to sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect. Consider the possibility of Child Sexual Exploitation, grooming (on and offline), female genital mutilation, enforced marriage and the range of adult behaviours which pose a risk to children, recognising too the potential for children to be perpetrators of abuse.
  • Use reflective supervision, research and other guidance to recognising one's own professional limitations and how and when to seek advice from a range of sources, including senior practice leaders and other clinical practitioners from a range of disciplines. The post holder will work in conjunction with senior staff and managers through available support systems (supervision, appraisal, mentoring, co-working and work shadowing).
  • Navigate the family and youth justice systems in England using legal powers and duties to support families, to protect children and to look after children in the public care system, including the regulated frameworks that support the full range of permanence options.
  • Participate in decisions about whether to make an application to the family court, the order to be applied for and the preparation and presentation of evidence.
  • Seek advice and professional second opinion as required in relation to the legal issues, interventions and plans which frequently impact children, young people and families involved with statutory services.
  • Use the law and regulatory and statutory guidance to inform practice decisions. Take into account the complex relationship between professional ethics, the application of the law and the impact of social policy on both.
  • Make realistic child centred plans within a review timeline which will manage and reduce identified risks and meets the needs of the child. Any plans devised for the child need to be evidence informed, demonstrate clear analysis and professional judgement and evaluative decision making skills. This also includes working with multi-agency partners.


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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

Full driving license to be able to drive to customers and meetings across a large geographical area.



  1. DipSW, CQSW, Degree in social work or equivalent.
  2. Social Work England Registration.


Skills & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Knowledge and understanding of child development, parenting capacity, environmental factors and risk and protective factors.
  3. Knowledge and understanding of child development, parenting capacity, environmental factors and risk and protective factors.
  4. Awareness of the main legislative framework within which the role operates.
  5. Knowledge of the range of services which are available to children and families and of the organisational framework within which they are provided.
  6. Knowledge of child development and of family functioning and dynamics.
  7. Evidence of seeking out continual professional development opportunities to include leadership, supervision, mentoring, coaching.
  8. Experience of supporting more junior roles in a social work environment.
  9. Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).



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Job Ref: NCT (HQ) TCL 16649
Advanced Practitioner – Social Care
Client Category: Local Authority

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Client Category: Local Authority

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