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Senior Practitioner

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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 30/06/2019 23:59
£35,934 to £38,813
Hours per week:
37 hours
Job Category:
Social Work
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF.
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
30 Jun

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Senior Practitioner

Summary of Post

Under the supervision of a Team Manager, you will take a proactive role in carrying out Organisational Safeguarding enquiries, ensuring effective links with service providers, the council’s operational, contracts and commissioning teams and external regulatory bodies.

You will be responsible for maintaining records of safeguarding concerns relating to service providers; screening services, carrying out enquiries and making recommendations in relation to Organisational Safeguarding issues, and participation in Organisational Safeguarding meetings. You will carry out visits to service providers and write reports relating to these.

You will also liaise with Social Work or Occupational Therapy staff, and other associated staff in relation to safeguarding enquiries, social care assessments, support plans, practice and decision making.

On occasion you may be required to deputise for the Team Manager and chair safeguarding strategy and review meetings, or attend meetings with other agencies.

You will maintain accurate and up to date records, including full use of electronic data systems.

As an experienced worker you will keep your professional skills and knowledge of legislation and practice up to date, and will have a role in developing professional practice in the team. You may be required to act as practice educator to qualifying and newly qualified staff.

You will maintain and promote effective partnerships with relevant agencies including the CCG and CQC to achieve best outcomes for service users. This may involve assisting in developing and implementing multi-agency policies and procedures.

Main Duties

To work closely with other senior practitioners in the Access team and together rotate, screening, duty senior practitioner, chair safe guarding adults conferences, attend Marac and resource panel.

You will provide both formal and informal supervision. 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.

You will be confident in making decisions about the risks to vulnerable adults and ensure that the workers risk assessments are robust.

You will need to have the ability to multi task and switch quickly to cover another aspect of the role as required.

Monitor all safe guarding actions and ensure that time scales are met and protection plans are followed accurately

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.

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.

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.


Registration with the HCPC.

Degree in Social Work or equivalent (eg DipSW, CQSW, CSS)

Relevant post qualifying experience and of dealing with complex cases, including safe guarding

Supervisory skills and experience of providing supervision of casework.

IT skills to use client data system.

To have experience working in a duty system and/or Screening capacity.

To have direct work with safeguarding decision making.

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

For an informal discussion please contact either Judy Eke, Adult Safeguarding Manager on 01454 866273 or email judith.eke@southglos.gov.uk or Catherine Boyce, Strategic Safeguarding Manager on 01454 868924 or email Catherine.Boyce@southglos.gov.uk


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

Use of a vehicle

The nature of the duties of this post will require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue 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. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme.

Salary: £35,934 to £38,813

Hours: 37:00

Closing Date: 30 June 2019

Vacancy Ref: SA82002/922/SS

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

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