Advanced Social Work Practitioner-Children’s Mental Health

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Advanced Social Work Practitioner-Children’s Mental Health
Interim Position

Sheffield TCL 0008 9658 / 1

Posted: 29th February 2024 09:19
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  • Pay Rate:

    £28.24 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, 08:45 - 17:00

  • This opening assignment is for 4 months


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What's involved with this role:

Interim Advanced Social Work Practitioner - Children’s Mental Health

Reference no: Sheffield TCL 0008 9658 / 1

Pay Rate: £28.24 per hour PAYE

Hours per week: 37 Monday – Friday, 08:45 - 17:00

This opening assignment is for 4 months


Enhanced DBS disclosure required

Children’s Advanced Social Work Practitioner to join a new and innovative team specialising in children’s mental health. Support children and young people who have complex mental health issues, both at home, in placements and within specialist mental health hospitals.

Ensure that there is a robust safety and care plan in place, that keeps the child/young person at the centre. Develop care plans in collaboration with the family and specialist agencies involved in the case, such as CAMHS, NHS England, Clinical Commissioning Group and specialist hospitals.

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:
    • Carry out assessment and investigations into cases involving significant harm, child protection or assessment of carers and compile reports to case conferences, courts/statutory panels in accordance with statutory procedures and best practice.
    • Adhere to statutory legislation and service priorities.
    • Implement, monitor and review plans relating to the assessed need of children and young people, their families and carers.
    • Chair some practice meetings in order to ensure the regular review of plans and make any necessary amendments.
    • Produce assessments of need for children and young people in line with statutory regulations and ensure that services are available to meet those needs.
    • Undertake statutory supervision and care planning in relation to children who are looked after.
    • Maintain up to date records of cases using management information systems.
  • 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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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.


  • Social Work Qualification (SW Degree, DipSW, CQSW, CSS or equivalent) and current HCPC registration
  • Recognised practice teaching qualification is desirable (Stage 2 PEPS), Certificates 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 the work of the Chief Social Worker and the Social Work Reform Unit and the potential for improvement and increasing standards of social work.


  • 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.
  • Experience in child protection, safeguarding, risk management and care proceeding or in children’s mental health from the health sector.
  • Experience of working with children and young people who are experiencing complex mental health issues and have experience of working with specialist mental health hospitals is desirable, but training will be provided to the right candidate.
  • Experience of working with children and young people who are disabled is also desirable

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
  • Ability to build strong relationships and trust with children and young people in crisis
  • Ability to work under pressure and be part of a close and supportive team
  • Competent in the use of ICT, specifically Microsoft office packages and client information systems


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Advanced Social Work Practitioner-Children’s Mental Health
Client Category: Local Authority

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