Senior Practitioner – Milton Keynes council

    Milton Keynes Council
    Local Authority
    Milton Keynes
    Full time
    £40,876 - £44,863
    Job description

    Milton Keynes is a rapidly expanding, vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and play. How better to contribute to that continued success than through a unique and rewarding career with Milton Keynes Council. So if you’re looking for an excellent benefits package and the chance to make a difference, make a move to Milton Keynes Council. With modern working practices where flexibility is commonplace and performance is measured on outcomes and results, alongside a generous holiday entitlement, you can experience a fulfilling job and great work-life balance.

    Please note that this role is only open to applicants who have the right to work in the UK

    This role is for a 12 month fixed term contract to cover maternity leave. As a senior practitioner the post holder will work closely with the deputy team manager, team manager and colleagues to provide the leadership, management, support and training necessary to help social workers, social work assistants and social work professionals fulfil their demanding role. The role holder as a experienced and high performing senior social work professional will also have case work responsibility for the most demanding and complex cases assigned to their team. The role holder will develop and maintain good and helpful working relationships with team members in order to fulfil the role of supervisor, mentor, coach and trainer. The role holder will work with a range of colleagues from across the Council and partners, and chair as appropriate a range of professionals’ meetings and decision making forums.

    Key Duties

    • To deliver effective social work assessment, care planning and interventions in the most demanding, sensitive and complex cases to improve the safety, development and well being of children involved.
    • To supervise the case work of social workers, social work assistants, students and child care professionals receive appropriate supervision and direction.
    • Support the personal development opportunities for social workers, social work assistants, students and child care professionals, acting as a coach and mentor.
    • Complex and contentious case management issues are resolved so that positive and timely action can be taken to address risks and meet demands, in conjunction with Deputy/Team Manager.
    • Lead responsibility for an area of children’s service development and contribute to partnership working across CYPS and partners, where appropriate.
    • To assist the team/ deputy team manager in building a strong and cohesive team.
    • Participate in quality audit of the team’s and other teams’ work, where relevant.
    • Assist in the allocation, prioritisation and planning of caseloads, in conjunction with Deputy/Team Manager.
    • Responsibility for chairing professionals and strategic meetings and acting on behalf of the Deputy/Team Manager as appropriate for the team.

    Experience, Qualifications and any Mandatory Requirements

    • Social work qualification (DipSW, CQSW, Degree in social work or equivalent) Post qualification award in subjects related to child or family work Registered with the GSCC or application for registration Practice teaching award Specialist knowledge of child care issues, legislation and policy and research.

    Skills Required

    • Responsibility for bringing expertise and advice, support, and guidance to the children’s social work team. They will manage their own caseload of the more demanding and complex cases and manage and supervise the casework of colleagues providing support, guidance and advice as necessary.
    • Contributes and participates in the resolution of complex case management issues in conjunction with their manager in order that timely action can be taken to address risks and meet children’s needs.
    • Responsibility for the supervision of social workers, social work assistants and child care professionals, their professional development by providing advice, guidance, mentoring. Ensures that training needs are identified and co-ordinated. They will undertake quality audit of cases as requested and will support the induction of new team members.
    • Ensures that the team are updated on current practice, developments guidance, legislation and research. Develops and writes policy and procedures for the team/ service as requested.
    • Able to work flexibly and be on call for emergencies within their team or other teams in the service.
    • Responsibility for chairing professionals’ and strategic meetings and acting on behalf of the Deputy / Team Manager as appropriate for the team.
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