Advanced/Senior Practitioner – Childrens Services

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Advanced/Senior Practitioner - Childrens Services
Interim Position

Stoke on Trent 5245414

Posted: 21st February 2024 16:32
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  • Pay Rate:

    £25.10 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, 08:30 - 17:00

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months


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Interim Advanced/Senior Practitioner - Childrens Services

Reference no: Stoke on Trent 5245414

Pay Rate: £25.10 per hour PAYE

37 Monday – Friday, 08:30 - 17:00

This opening assignment is for 2-3 months


Enhanced DBS disclosure required

Responsible for completing your statutory duties in co ordinating children’s plans, whilst ensuring they are individual to the child’s needs and aspirational in respect of focus, supporting children to engage with their plans and achieve the very best outcomes.

Will be well supported, not only by team coordinators who support you with various administrative tasks, but also by an established and experienced management team. This will afford you opportunities to engage in direct work with your allocated children, to develop restorative relationships and to support children to understand their journey.

Work alongside Contact Service, to promote family time, with parents, siblings and significant people for the children in our care, ensuring that children develop strong networks of support as they transition towards independent living.

The purpose of this role is to ensure eligible children receive assessments, plans and service packages appropriate to meet their needs and improve their life chances and to support peers by sharing knowledge and experience that can enhance their learning. ASYE plus at least 3 years’ experience with an additional supervisory/practice development role/contributing to learning of others is required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage complex cases, ensuring that the welfare of the child or young person is paramount at all times.
  • Carry out assessments and manage child care plans within government and departmental prescribed timescales and standards, as required by the Team and/or Principal Manager.
  • Ensure that children, young people and their families are fully involved in the process of assessment.
  • Ensure that service user records are maintained in accordance with departmental procedures.
  • Ensure that the departments and authority’s resources are deployed efficiently and effectively at all times.
  • Responsible for the allocation of appropriate tasks to ASYEs, Apprentices and Social Work Assistants and to provide for the necessary support and guidance necessary for the completion of those tasks.
  • Undertake more complex case work.
  • Provide mentoring and support to others and support group supervision as required by the Team Manager.
  • Responsible for effective time management and responding flexibly to the needs of the service.

NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly.

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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:

Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.


  • Approved social work qualification: Social Work degree, DipSW, CQSW, CSS or equivalent. 
  • Registration with Health Care Profession Council (HCPC).
  • Hold or currently be working towards Stage 2 Practice Educator Award.
  • Undertaken NAAS or willingness to complete within 6 months.


  • Knowledge of social care legislation and guidance and other legislation e.g., Education and Housing relating to Children’s Social Care. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of child development and disabilities. 
  • Good understanding of assessment and child care planning techniques. 


  • Extensive post qualification experience including that of a progressed social worker. 
  • ASYE plus at least 3 years’ experience with an additional supervisory/practice development role/contributing to learning of others. 
  • Significant post qualifying experience in a Child and Families setting. 
  • Experience in safeguarding
  • Direct work with vulnerable children and their families.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong IT skills using Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite). 
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and written. 
  • Ability to relate effectively with children and their parents. 
  • Ability to foster good inter/intra agency communication and to listen sensitively to different perspectives. 
  • Able to interpret and use management information, including financial management information. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively as part of a team. 
  • Ability to be child focussed and work effectively with children. 
  • Ability to fully meet the requirements of the post and cover the geographical area required, either by possession of a valid driving licence and access to public/other transport.


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Advanced/Senior Practitioner - Childrens Services
Client Category: Local Authority

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