Senior Practitioner

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Up to £54,695 (inclusive of market allowance) + annual retention payment
Location: Chatham, Kent
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 07/04/2024 at 23:59
Reference: CSC24/Perm/SP/Camp2

Are you a dedicated and experienced social worker passionate about championing practice? We are now looking for passionate Senior Practitioners who can commit to making a difference to our children in Medway.

As a Senior Practitioner you will hold a caseload of complex cases whilst supporting the Team Manager, alongside the Assistant Team Manager, in delivering high quality standards of social work to the children open for assessment, intervention, and support. You will support the leadership of the team and service through the provision of mentoring, coaching, support and practice expertise to other less experienced team members, supporting them in their professional development and progression. If you are passionate about an area of practice, we will support you to continue to develop in this area, become a champion and share your expertise with colleagues across Medway Children’s Services.

Children matter in Medway, and so do you. It’s an exciting time to join us as we offer competitive pay and conditions and hybrid working. We are committed to helping you to grow and develop throughout your career and reach your full potential. Our practice development offer, whether you are a manager or practitioner, ensures you will be guided, supported and cared for.

Whether you are an experienced social worker looking for the next step in your career or an existing senior practitioner we’d like to hear from you. You will be joining an experienced and dedicated social work team who have relationship and strengths-based work with children and families at the core of their practice.

We have posts across our social work service, in social work, assessment and children in care.

Candidates will be offered a competitive basic salary between £44,647 and £48,695 per annum, dependant on your experience, and the potential to earn up to £57,695 per year when market premiums and retention are applied.

Join us and #Make a Difference

Our Offer

We are proud to offer a range of benefits including –

  • A market allowance of  £6,000 per annum (payable in 12 equal instalments)
  • A retention payment of £3,000 per annum (payable in April, following 1 years service in Medway)
  • A generous annual leave entitlement up to 30 days plus bank holidays
  • An excellent local government pension scheme
  • An essential car user allowance with option to apply for a lease car after six months.
  • Free car parking
  • Hybrid working - enabling you to work from home/office (minimum of 2 days per week will be required in the office). Assessment Teams are office based for duty weeks.
  • Relocation package of up to £8,000
  • A range of staff benefits and discounts including access to fantastic discounts and savings on shops and services, travel discounts, health and wellbeing support, and an employee assistance service.
  • Access to professional development and support including Community Care Inform.

About You

  • You will hold a recognised Social Work qualification eg. Degree in Social Work, PGC in Social Work, CQSW, DipSW or equivalent and be registered with Social Work England.
  • You will have successfully completed your ASYE 
  • You will have a full driving licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes.

For further information on the qualifications, skills and experience required, please refer to the Job Profile and Person Specification.

 

Additional Information

For an informal discussion, please don't hesitate to contact one of the recruiting managers below. Alternatively, please email the recruitment team on cscrecruitment@medway.gov.uk. 

Suzanne Mehmet, Service Manager (Assessment) - 01634 334470

Michael Perrineau-Daley, Service Manager (Children's Social Work Teams) - 01634 337305

 

This position is subject to an Enhanced Children’s DBS Check.

How to apply

To apply please click on the ‘Apply Online’ button at the bottom of this advert. 

Applications will be reviewed weekly and shortlisted candidates invited to interview via Microsoft Teams.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

For more information on our roles within Children’s Services please visit https://www.medway.gov.uk/childrenservicesjobs

To find out more about Medway the place please click here.

Please consider the application guidance when submitting your application.

Please note that all recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in hard copy format, please contact the Children's Services Recruitment Team on 01634 332211 or email cscrecruitment@medway.gov.uk

If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.

Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online.

Further information on this vacancy

This vacancy is now closed