Senior Practitioner - 0 to 25 Disability Service

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Up to £45,835 per annum (inclusive of market premia)
Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 26/03/2020 at 23:55 PM
Reference: CH0286LS

Following our Ofsted inspection in July 2019, Medway has taken positive steps on our improvement journey by remodelling and realigning services across Children’s Social Care that enable us to meet our key priorities and ensure we better meet the needs of vulnerable children in Medway.

To manage the transformation a significant investment has been made in the workforce including training and development, with a clear practice framework of ‘Signs of Safety’, career progression and physical working conditions.   Target caseloads have been designed to ensure that the service as a whole is resilient and that a sustainable workforce can be achieved, enabling Medway to work towards an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’.  

As a Senior Practitioner you will manage and hold a caseload of complex cases ensuring that our children and young adults with disabilities are safeguarded and supported to achieve their full potential. 

You will also be able to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and experience of working with disabled children and their families and be able to provide expert advice and support to other social work staff, including student social workers and newly qualified social work staff, where appropriate.

You will hold a degree in social work and be registered with Social Work England. You will also hold PEPS2 or be willing to undertake as part of your development.

Ideally, you will be experienced of working with ‘Signs of Safety’ or a similar strengths and relationships based practice framework.

In return for your commitment, Medway is proud to offer an excellent benefits package including -

  • Retention Payment of £3,000 per annum
  • Career progression scheme to support your continuous professional development
  • Essential User Allowance with option to transfer to Lease Car following completion of probationary period
  • Free car parking
  • Access to a Surface Pro and mobile phone, to support flexible working
  • Relocation allowance of up to £8,000
  • Access to a comprehensive training programme 

To view a full range of benefits please visit our staff benefits page by clicking here 

For an informal discussion please contact Andrew Oates, Group Manager on 01634 338531.

Appointment to this post will be subject to the outcome of an Enhanced Children and Adults Disclosure obtained through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

 Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis and successful candidates invited to interview.

 Closing Date for applications is 26th March 2020.


Important Information:
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile.

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 view online.

How to apply

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

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