Senior Practitioner – MDT

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Up to £54,695 (inclusive of market premia) + retention allowance
Location: Chatham, Kent
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 16/04/2024 at 23:59
Reference: CSC/24/063/EG

We are looking to recruit a Senior Social Worker Practitioner to join our Multi-Disciplinary Service, the Specialist Parenting Assessment and Interventions team.

You will work as part of a team of professionals to deliver specialist assessments and interventions with families where children are subject to pre-proceedings under the Public Law Outline or care proceedings. The children in these families will be supported by other teams in Medway Children’s Services as this is not a case-holding post. You would be joining an established and highly supportive team who are passionate about their work.

You will bring to the role your practitioner experience in assessing families where there are significant concerns and your work with us will support in making timely permanence decisions for our most vulnerable children. You will need to be able to deliver to deadlines and must be able to work with adults who may be ambivalent about change. We are looking for a candidate who is confident to use their relationship-based practice skills to help develop rapport with families and different multi-agency professionals. We would like candidates to either have experience of our strengths-based Signs of Safety practice framework or some knowledge about it as a way of working with families, although training would be provided to you as part of a comprehensive induction programme.

As a Senior Social Worker Practitioner in the team your primary role will be in preparing parenting assessments, including specialist adapted parenting assessments such as CUBAS or Parent Assess. Knowledge of best practice guidance, plus a commitment to Continuous Professional Development and supporting the learning of others, is essential. Training in an adapted parenting assessment model can be provided to help support your growth and development.

Medway Children's Services is proud of its workforce who are committed, dedicated and work to a high standard. This is a perfect opportunity for an experienced social worker to join the team and be part of our vision in working together to keep children and families at the heart of everything we do.

Our offer

We offer an excellent recruitment package, manageable workloads, and opportunities to access a range of professional development and support including -

  • A basic salary of £43,647-£48,695 per annum
  • An annual market allowance of £6,000 per annum (payable in monthly payments)
  • retention payment of £3,000. This is a fixed sum payable in April each year, following one years’ service in Medway.
  • Generous annual leave entitlement of between 27 – 30 days plus bank holidays
  • Excellent local government pension scheme
  • Essential Car user allowance with option to apply for a lease car after six months.
  • Hybrid working - enabling you to work from home/office (a minimum of 2 days per week will be required in the office)
  • Relocation package of up to £8,000

About you

  • You will hold a degree in Social Work - CQSW, DipSW or equivalent and be registered with Social Work England. 
  • You will have a minimum of 3 years’ post qualifying experience of working with children and families.
  • You will have completed either specialist CUBAS or Parent Assess assessment training. In the absence of this training then you will need to evidence at interview your demonstrable experience of working with parents or carers, who may experience a range of cognitive or communication based needs. Plus, how you have adapted your communication and intervention approaches in line with available best practice guidance recommendations.
  • You will have demonstrable experience in relationship and strengths-based practice, risk management, making evidence based considerations about parental capacity to change and in working collaboratively with children and young people.
  • You will hold a full driving licence and have access to a vehicle for work purposes.

To Apply

If you are looking for a new challenge, then we would love to hear from you.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Jonathan Palmer-White, Team Manager, on 01634 337318 or Annetta Daniel-Ojoye, Service Manager for MDT, on 01634 337322.


How to apply

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


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Further information on this vacancy

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