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Senior Practitioner Children in Care and Care Leavers

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Our Children in Care and Care Leavers Team in Staffordshire Moorlands works with children between 0 and 18 years and support their families to make positive changes to be able to care for their children safely once again. Providing advice, guidance, programs of support and access to services which support positive change and build families support networks.

We also support those children for whom this is not a safe option. We help and support our children to develop key life skills, to get services around them to help them cope with life, learn and achieve in school, nursery and community groups, develop key life skills that will support them in adulthood, ensure all their health needs are met and that they have a safe secure home with carers that can support their development.

For those who remain in our care until they are 18 years old we look to support and plan how they will manage and cope with adulthood. Putting plans in place to support their independence with the support of their Personal Advisor, making sure they have the services they can access around them so they are able to keep themselves safe and contribute to their community. We support them to navigate challenges they may encounter and promote safe family networks that can support them when they need it. 

As a Senior Practitioner in Staffordshire, you will be key in the support and coaching we provide to our Social Workers. You will encourage and ensure that there is a focus upon quality of practice but also on achieving positive and timely outcomes for children and families.

Main Responsibility

As a Senior Practitioner in our Children in Care and Care Leavers team you will:

  • Be a role model for your team and lead by setting a positive example and promoting a positive culture.
  • Have experience of working with children in care, Foster Carers, families, and other professionals linked to the child, young person and their family. 
  • Have extensive experience in managing children in our care and care leavers who present with complex and at times challenging needs.  You must evidence a good understanding of attachment disorder and behaviours associated with what can be difficult to manage behaviours.
  • Be able to navigate childcare proceedings, be considerate to reunification assessments, Placement with Parents, Special Guardianship Orders and discharge of Care Orders and a thorough understanding of permanency care planning. 
  • Have a sound knowledge and understanding of the different permanency options and processes to achieve good outcomes for children. 
  • Have good awareness of the key legislations, policies, guidance linked to care planning.
  • Have skills in managing foster home breakdowns, alternative provisions, the LADO process and where possible be ABE trained. 
  • Have skills in progressing educational plans through Personal Education Planning and Annual reviews.  
  • Be able to offer peer support, supervision and mentoring relevant to children in care and care leavers and an ability to develop others.
  • Be familiar with Pathway Plans and care leaver processes ensuring skills in working with our children and young people.
  • Work in partnership with the Team Manager to ensure the team works towards achieving key service delivery objectives and achieves to a high standard in terms of performance.

The Ideal Candidate

Overall our Senior Practitioners need to be a:

  • Qualified Social Worker with significant post qualifying experience which would include having worked within a children's social work team
  • Experience of working with complex and traumatised children and young people
  • Experience of direct work with children
  • Able to evidence supporting and developing qualified social workers and students
  • Registered with Social Work England
  • Have a current UK driving licence and vehicle

But above all, you will bring the desire to work with children and families to give them the right support, at the right time with the aim of keeping and bringing families back together where it is safe to do so.

For more information about this vacancy or for an informal chat please contact Alison Machin at or on 01538 483129.

About Staffordshire County Council

We are no ordinary county council:

Our Values:

The core of who we are as an organisation. Just like we all have personal values that shape our thoughts and behaviour, organisational values drive how we think and act collectively.

Our values were created and shaped by colleague feedback and national best practice and they sit at the heart of People Strategy:

We have a real sense of community spirit that brings our people together. This feeling of belonging means we are all connected to what we do and take pride in the difference we make every day for Staffordshire people. We are ambitious and our sights are set firmly on a better future.

We look forward and race ahead - that goes for your career too. 

Our benefits:

We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance. 

In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to a range of benefits.

Our recruitment process:

As an Authority we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, a Silver Award Armed Forces employer and our commitment to supporting care leavers - we offer a guaranteed interview as long as your application meets the minimum criteria for the post. 

As you’ll know safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people/vulnerable adults is important to us and that’s why this position is subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service. If applicable you should disclose details of unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.

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