Senior Practitioners - Children's Social Care

Job details
Posting date: 09 April 2021
Salary: £36,723 to £45,168 per year
Additional salary information: + £5,400 Market Supplement
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 09 May 2021
Location: Grays, Essex, RM19 1NF
Company: Thurrock Council
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 210000004I_1617957907

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Salary up to £50,568 per annum

(Basic Salary £36,723 - £45,168 + £5,400 Market Supplement*)

Permanent Contract

37 hours per week

Are you an experienced frontline social worker looking for a new challenge? Do you want to be part of an innovative team? Do you want to join a service determined to provide first-rate care and support to all service users?

Thurrock Children's Services are seeking enthusiastic, experienced social workers across a range of Teams. Thurrock provides an opportunity to develop good social work practice and work with an ambitious, supportive management team.

Rated Good across all areas in our most recent Ofsted Inspection, Thurrock Council are now looking forward to not only maintaining a good rating, but striving for outstanding. We are looking for talented, child focussed social workers who can help provide outstanding care, good outcomes and support to families.

Thurrock Council are currently recruiting to a number of Senior Practitioner roles in the following teams:

  • Family Support Team: Within this team, your work will include supporting children in need, drafting public law outlines, pre-proceedings, proceedings as well as CIN and CP cases.
  • Children and Families Assessment Team: This is a frontline team which receives referrals via our MASH and carries out assessments. This work requires excellent risk assessment skills and the ability to engage and build relationships with families.
  • Adoption: Carrying out end to end adoption support from assessment and recruitment of families to post adoption support and assessment.
  • Children Looked After: Within this team, you will be working with children up to age of 18; working to rehabilitate parents, permanency planning and rehabilitation to the family, contextual safeguarding including child exploitation and missing people
  • Adoption & Fostering Panel Advisor: Thurrock operates an experienced and innovative Adoption and Fostering Panel that hears cases from applicants, annual reviews and matching for adoption. We are recruiting for a part time panel advisor (18.5hrs) who has the experience needed for this role under the adoption regulations and offer flexible working
  • Fostering Reviewing Officer: The Senior Practitioner role will undertake the annual review of our foster carers and assist with standards of care investigations. You will support the team manager and service manager with the development of the service. This role is a good step for an experienced fostering practitioner looking a new challenged and can be worked flexibly.

As a Senior Practitioner & the ideal candidate for the role you will:

  • Be an experienced childcare social worker who places children firmly in the centre of your work.
  • Be a creative and proactive worker who can respond and adapt to situations as they arise.
  • Be a dedicated and enthusiastic professional who is committed to improving outcomes for children with a solid understanding and background in child protection, court proceedings, Adoption and Fostering and/or Children Looked After.
  • Be subject matter experts in your field, keeping up to date with legislative changes and advances and sharing knowledge with team.
  • Have the ability to understand and maintain a focus on the child's experience in families through accurate assessment and be able to take appropriate safeguarding action.
  • Having experience and /or knowledge of working with criminal and sexual exploitation would be an advantage with a willingness to undertake appropriate contextual safeguarding training.
  • Be committed to continuous development and keeping abreast of social work advances

As a senior practitioner, we will expect you to contribute to developing practice and provide guidance, support and mentorship to social workers and Newly Qualified Social Workers.

In return, we offer a wide range of employee benefits. To see more details, please see

*Market Supplement subject to annual review and approval

You will need to undertake a full Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Thurrock Council is committed to the principles of agile working and seeks to empower our employees, wherever service needs allow, to work flexibly in order to optimise productivity and enhance performance

Please note that we are currently out to formal consultation to review existing allowances that some staff receive. Allowances offered may be subject to change depending on the outcome of formal consultation.

Closing Date: 9 May 2021

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Our vision - An ambitious and collaborative community which is proud of its heritage and excited by its diverse opportunities and future.

Thurrock Council is committed to equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident Employer, disabled people will be offered an interview where they meet all essential criteria on the person specification. We champion flexible working and job share applications are welcome.

We serve a diverse community where people are different yet equal. Diversity underpins everything we do.

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