Senior Social Work Practitioner

Senior Social Work Practitioner

Senior Social Work Practitioner – Children with Disability Team – Stockport Family

Full-time, Permanent, 37 hours

Salary: S03 (£32,029 – £36,876)

Benefits: Stockport Council offers a wide range of benefits including: flexible working, 22+2 days holiday, car lease scheme, bike loan scheme, as well as a wide range of employee discounts.

For the first 12 months of this role you will work in the children with disabilities team. Following this, you may be deployed into another area of the service.

Stockport Family:

It is a very exciting time to join our team.  We are ambitious about making a difference in the lives of families in Stockport,

Stockport Children’s Social Care are proud to have been recognised by OFSTED (June 2017) as delivering we’re sharing best practice and driving innovation as an improvement partner to other local authorities. highly effective support and services to children and families – they found that:

“Good social work practice is now in place across all children’s services in Stockport, with some examples of outstanding practice”.

“Staff are enthusiastic about their work and are highly committed”

Following on from the inspection Stockport were invited to bid to become a DfE Partner in Practice and we were delighted to be awarded this status in March 2018.

You will join us as we continue on our SEND improvement journey following the Local Area SEND inspection in September 2018. The report highlighted a number of strengths including that Stockport families benefit from passionate, knowledgeable and dedicated frontline workers and young children with SEND have their needs well met. Inspectors found 5 areas that required significant improvement and we are moving ahead at pace on our journey of improvement, working co-productively with parents/carers and young people.

Senior Social Work Practitioners in Stockport Family have a very important role to play which is why we make sure they have access to the best support, development and training opportunities.

The role

When you join Stockport Family as a senior social work practitioner on the children with disabilities team you will have the opportunity to work with children throughout their time with statutory social care services. You will be working from the point of referral into the service, through assessment, child in need/team around the child support, child protection, pre- proceedings and court work, children in care and adoption through to step down/step out of involvement with children’s social care.

You will be model best practice and support and mentor team colleagues including ASYE social workers to develop their practice to be outstanding.  You will bring your passion, knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to deliver services that have a positive impact on the daily lived experience of our children and families.

Stockport family model

In Stockport, we believe that relationships should shape the service delivery model, not the point a child is at in services.  We aim for children and families to have just one social worker whilst they are in service.  We will support you developing these great working relationships by investing in your support, training and development.

Stockport Family is committed to working in an integrated way using a restorative approach to enable children and families receive the support they need to remain together wherever possible, and where this is not possible to ensure that children are safeguarded and able to achieve the very best outcomes. You will be passionate about relationship-based social work, proud of your profession and able to reflect and think creatively about how you can build relationships to make a difference with children and families.

You will work alongside the locality social work teams and with colleagues from health and early years, as well as other borough-wide specialist services so that you can access the support, and advice you need easily to deliver the best interventions for children and families, in a system where we share problems and look for solutions together rather than try off-load or refer them to others.

Our relentless focus is on practice and outcomes for children and families, and you will play an important part in delivering outstanding practice and ensuring that children and families are at the heart of all decision-making and service delivery.

What we can offer you:

You will receive regular supervision, access to training and development opportunities and work in a supportive culture where we are ambitious about delivering excellent social work practice and supporting you to be the very best you can be. We offer employees flexible working to support work life balance as this helps us have a happy and stable workforce.

This is what our social workers say:

“Stockport Family really feels like a family. All members of staff including senior leaders are approachable and want the best outcomes for the children and families in Stockport. I started my career as an ASYE at Stockport and progressed to be a senior practitioner. Stockport have been a nurturing family who supported me to flourish and develop to become a confident and restorative practitioner, giving me support at every stage of my career.”   Locality Senior Practitioner

This is what Stockport looks like:

Stockport is a great place to both work and live. Stockport is in the middle of a £1 billion regeneration programme, is located 6 miles south east of Manchester city centre and is one of Greater Manchester’s strongest boroughs, with a robust economy, a high quality of life and excellent connectivity with the rest of Greater Manchester and throughout the UK and overseas. Its unique location provides quick access to the beautiful areas of the Pennines and Peak District yet on the doorstep of an internationally renowned city famed for its art, music, culture and food.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions about the post or want to discuss more please contact Philip Wilkinson, Service Leader philip.wilkinson@stockport.gov.uk or 07866999523.

The successful applicant’s appointment will be subject to satisfactory pre-employment clearances including a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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