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INTERNAL - Senior Practitioner (Social Work) - Adults

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 27/01/2019 23:59
£35,229 - £38,052
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work/Care
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
27 Jan

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

You will provide a high level of support and supervision to Social Workers, and other associated staff in relation to social work practice and decision making.

You will assist the Team Manager in the day to day management of the team including the prioritising and allocation of work. You will develop enhanced practice skills in a social work specialism,that will contribute to improved outcomes for service users and their carers. You will participate on a Senior Practitioner rota and be confident in making Safe guarding directives and decisions.

Should you wish to express an interest in this role please complete the expression of interest form detailing how you meet the criteria for this position and how you feel you can make it a success (submitted on no more than 2 sides) to be returned to lisa.williams@southglos.gov.uk, by midnight on 27/01/19.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties for the role of Senior Practitioner:

To supervise and coordinate the work of professionals, including allocation of caseloads or other caring staff giving guidance, advice and feedback. Ensure that clear organisation and direction is provided and that training needs are identified and met.

Carry out specialist assessments and casework, ensuring that these are precise and effective.

If relevant, deliver and oversee programmes of work promoting and enhancing existing service delivery patterns and developing new or innovative forms of service delivery.

If relevant, provide specialist advice and/or financial assessments to ensure a fully supportive service provision is provided to individuals.

Monitor service delivery through feedback and informal complaints, ensuring that complaints are processed and rectified, and that future service delivery is adjusted as appropriate.

Work in partnership with internal colleagues and externals contacts in other service areas This will help to ensure that service objectives and priorities are met .

Directly manage a budget or make recommendations for significant budget spend, and indirectly influence the wider service budget ensuring that maximum value is delivered for the resources deployed.

Take necessary action in accordance with safeguarding procedures in order to protect vulnerable people.

Present reports to Court/Tribunals and represent the Council’s interests ensuring the Council’s position is advocated.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


You will hold a degree or equivalent professional qualification ( DipSW, CQSW, CSS) with appropriate professional registration (HCPC)

You will have substantial post qualification experience within a similar service area including previous experience of working in a duty system and/or screening capacity, to have direct experience with regard to safeguarding decision making, able to demonstrate your ability to deal with complex casework

You will demonstrate specialist knowledge of the relevant services, including latest service developments, legislation, regulations and codes of practice, ensuring the work of the team complies with guidance and relevant codes of practice

You will have effective relationship building skills able to provide effective management and supervision to a team. Your well developed interpersonal skills will enable you to deal with a variety of contacts

You will have budget management and monitoring skills

You will have a good level of general IT skills and the ability to use, or be trained in the use of, appropriate specialist in-house software packages

Exemplify the Council's values and behaviours


A management qualification equivalent to Level 5 or postgraduate certificate in management.

A full Post Qualifying Award.

Additional Information

Working patterns may vary to meet the operating hours of the service

DBS: Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has a confidential checking process for transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person who has asked them to complete an application form for a DBS check.

The contact details are:
Sensitive Applications Team, Customer services, PO Box 165, Liverpool, L69 3JD
Email sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk

Using your vehicle on council business: if you use your vehicle on authorised council business, you can claim a mileage payment based on HM Revenue and Customs authorised mileage allowance payment scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business.

For further information after reading the job summary, please contact Lisa Williams, Team Manager Central (lisa.williams@southglos.gov.uk or 01454 865582

Safer Recruitment

South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

As a manager you will be expected to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate your staff to achieve

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