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Senior Practitioner

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

Job Introduction

Futures Matters works in partnership with families and partner agencies to affect change and achieve positive outcomes by working with some of the most vulnerable children and families living in Staffordshire. This is a fabulous opportunity to work within a passionate, creative, supportive, and highly motivated team who make a real difference, whilst also being part of developing and shaping the service.

In Futures Matters we support children who are on the edge of care to remain living at home, and we support young people to return home following a period being cared for by us. The underpinning methodology is solution focussed drawing upon relationship and strength-based models of intervention targeted to meet the specific needs of the family.

As a Senior Practitioner you’ll offer management support and supervision to the Futures Matters Intensive Family Support Workers. You’ll screen and triage referrals into the service offering high challenge/high support.

The Intensive Family Support Workers are responsible for working with young people (8-18 years of age) and their parents to develop a tailored package of support, drawing upon other resources within the team as appropriate.

Futures Matters have a range of specialist skills (e.g. NVR, CBT, Solution Focussed and more) including Exploitation Coordinators and a Young Persons Substance Misuse Worker. This means we can engage the right support and external services, in a tailored way, to suit the needs of each young person and their family.

This is a 12 month fixed term position.

For a informal discussion please contact Kirsten Booth on 07815 999 066

Main Responsibility

  • To support the Team Manager in the development of the service 
  • To complete supervision with the Intensive support workers
  • Screen and allocate referrals 
  • Provide management support to the team
  • Quality Assuring work completed by the Intensive support workers
  • Offering high support/High challenge to the team and practitioners in the district regarding packages of support for children on the edge of care
  • Complete observations and file audits

The Ideal Candidate

You will have a relevant social work qualification and registration with Social Work England.

Experience of working restoratively and creatively with children and families.

Experience of leading and motivating staff with the desire to work with children and families to give them the right support at the right time with the aim of keeping families together where it’s safe to do so.

Enjoy working within a fast paced service.

Experience of undertaking supervision. 

If this is you then come and join our team.

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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