Senior Practitioner (Safeguarding)

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: £38,297 - £42,835 per annum
Location: Chatham, Kent
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 17/03/2019 at 23:55 PM
Reference: C1283LS
  • Market premia payment of £3,000 per annum
  • Retention Payment of £2,000 per annum (after 2 years’ service in post) increasing to £3,000 per annum (after 4 years’ service)
  • Option of a Lease Car or Essential User allowance
  • Relocation expenses of up to £6,000 per annum


We are recruiting Senior Practitioners in our Safeguarding service, who have the drive and experience to help us achieve the best possible outcomes for children, young people and families.

You will manage a complex caseload delivering high quality casework to children and families. You will also be able to offer expert opinion and support to less experienced colleagues and social work students on placement.

As a registered social worker with HCPC you will have significant post qualifying experience of working with children and families in the statutory sector as well as an in depth knowledge of national policies, strategy and developments relating to Children’s Social Care Policy.

In Medway our cases transfer to the safeguarding pods after an assessment and then remain in the pods. This means you will have a variety of cases from children in need, child protection, court work and looked after children.

Our safeguarding pods consist of a Practice Manager and 4 social workers. You will hold an average caseload of 18 cases depending upon complexity, have access to dedicated business support, individual and reflective team supervision and an advanced practitioner. 

We have also made significant investment in new technology, providing all our social workers with a Microsoft Surface Pro and mobile phone to support mobile working.

Through our career progression scheme you will have the opportunity to progress your career within Medway. You will have access to a comprehensive core and advanced skills programme through our award winning Children and Adults Academy and we have formed a partnership with the Centre for Systemic Social Work to provide comprehensive and accredited systemic training to support our social workers achieve the best experience of relationship based social work for our children and families.

Medway is at the heart of the Thames Gateway, only 30 miles from central London and has excellent transport links. A modern place, surrounded by award winning rural areas and rich heritage and an abounding cultural offering makes Medway a fantastic place to live and work.

To arrange an informal discussion with our Head of Service or Area Social Work Manager about this role please contact Charley Day on 01634 332041. 

Closing Date for applications is 17 March 2019


How to apply

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