Advanced Social Work Practitioner – Children & Families

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Advanced Social Work Practitioner - Children & Families
Interim Position

Sheffield TCL 0008 9D49 / 1

Posted: 7th March 2024 09:25
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  • Pay Rate:

    £28.24 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday - Friday, 08:45 - 17:15

  • This opening assignment is for 6-7 months


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Interim Advanced Social Work Practitioner - Children & Families

Reference no: Sheffield TCL 0008 9D49 / 1

Pay Rate: £28.24 per hour PAYE

37 Monday - Friday, 08:45 - 17:15

This opening assignment is for 6-7 months


Enhanced DBS disclosure required

Qualified and SWE registered worker who can work at an advanced social work level working on complex frontline casework with vulnerable children and families. You must have at least 3 years current experience of working in a frontline statutory setting and have experience of adoption/court work and Section 47 work. You will be based in North Fieldwork services and be part of a friendly team of social workers, senior social workers and advanced social work practitioners. Each team also has a support worker to help social workers undertake their tasks.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manages a workload of the most complex cases which includes looked after children, child protection and assessment of carers.
  • Have an increased level of autonomy and decision making, based on experience and knowledge, around the cases allocated and report to an Assistant Service Manager on the progress of those cases.
  • In managing cases
  • Act as a Practice Teacher to students on placement.
  • Co-work difficult cases with the allocated Social Worker to allow less experienced staff to benefit from the expertise and experience of an Advanced Practitioner were they have available capacity.
  • Maintain performance and develop practice and experience in line with personal targets as agreed with the Senior Fieldwork Manager through supervision.
  • Contribute to the achievement of Key Performance Indicators identified through service planning.
  • Work to the prescribed quality standards for service provision set out by the service for all workers.

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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.


  • Social Work Qualification (SW Degree, DipSW, CQSW, CSS or equivalent) and current HCPC registration
  • Recognised practice teaching qualification is desirable (Stage 2 PEPS), alternatively requirement to attend the PEPS 1 and 2 course to attain qualification and practice teach students.


  • Extensive knowledge of relevant Children and Families legislation including public and private law proceedings.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the legislative, political and social policy context in which children’s social services and their partner agencies operate.
  • Knowledge and understanding of local authority structures, services, policies and procedures
  • Knowledge and understanding of media reporting around Social Work and complex Child Protection cases, including an awareness of current issues pertinent to social care and media relations.
  • Knowledge of social work practice issues.
  • Extensive knowledge of case law proceedings particularly those undertaken under the Children Act 1989 and subsequent amendments and the Adoption and Children Act 2002.
  • Expert knowledge of social work theory and methods that underpin practice.
  • In depth knowledge of current research findings and the implications for practice.
  • In depth knowledge of the Integrated Children’s System and application to practice.
  • Knowledge of how adults learn and process information.
  • Knowledge of the work of the Chief Social Worker and the Social Work Reform Unit and the potential for improvement and increasing standards of social work.
  • Will be required to work with a degree of autonomy and therefore will be required to demonstrate the comprehensive and detailed knowledge required to enable them to work in this way.


  • Extensive post qualification experience in Children and Families Work in a Local Authority Social Services statutory setting with demonstrable experience in child protection.
  • Significant experience working in a multi-agency environment and liaising with a variety of agencies and partners.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Highly developed social work skills in complex assessment, care planning and family court proceedings.
  • Advanced literacy skills with the ability to write high quality written court reports.
  • Ability to prepare and coach social workers through assessment and care planning processes and court proceedings.
  • Ability to communicate, negotiate and effectively influence a wide range of practitioners, managers and colleagues from other agencies.
  • Ability to form partnerships with children and adults in challenging circumstances in ways that empower service users and promote anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Ability to present and disseminate information in a way that supports the understanding, learning and development of social care staff and professional partners.
  • Ability to present and disseminate information that succinctly explains complicated case details to senior managers, elected members and the media; whilst identifying and managing any risk to individuals and/or the organisation
  • Competent in the use of ICT, specifically Microsoft office packages and client information systems


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Job Ref: Sheffield TCL 0008 9D49 / 1
Advanced Social Work Practitioner - Children & Families
Client Category: Local Authority

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