Senior Practitioner

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
05/08/2021 22:59
£38,890 - £41,881 per annum
Hours per week:
37 Hours per week
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Newcastle upon Tyne
Post Number:
Number of posts:
Closing date:
5 Aug
Further Information

Do you have a passion for social work? Are you an experienced and dynamic senior practitioner? Do you want an employer who will support you to have the career that is right for you?
If this is you - then Newcastle City Council is the place for you!
We are looking for effective and highly experienced and skilled senior social work practitioners with a minimum of three years post qualifying experience who are committed to providing excellent services to children and families.
Through our innovative work as part of the DFE’s Strengthening Families Protecting Children programme (read about our work with the DfE and Leeds City Council) we are implementing the Family Valued approach across our service and city to transform how we work with children, families and partners. Family Valued is a relational and restorative approach to services, focussing on strength and values. If you want to continue to grow and develop your skillset now is the time to join us!
To support our vision for children and families we are looking for highly skilled senior practitioners to join our Initial Response Service (which provides our first response to safeguarding and child protection concerns) or our Children in Care Team (supporting children whose long term plan is to remain in Local Authority care). You will be a highly experienced Children’s Social Worker with extensive knowledge of statutory child protection work and substantial experience effecting positive change with children, young people and families. As a Senior Practitioner you must be confident in sharing your knowledge and experience with colleagues. It is also essential that you are driven and ambitious – both for yourself and for children, young people and families.
As an enthusiastic team player, you will benefit from a dedicated and supportive workplace culture where we will support you to succeed. Our social workers tell us “Newcastle is such a good authority to work for” where “our shared vision and values are really rooted in our practice” (feedback from staff members 2021). You can hear more about what it is like to work at Newcastle and read our working principles at www.newcastle.gov.uk/csc.
We offer a comprehensive range of training and professional opportunities, overseen by our Social Work Centre of Excellence, that evolves and develops to meet the needs of our workforce at every stage of their career. We are committed to our staff receiving the opportunities they need to develop and flourish at all stages of their career. At Newcastle “social workers feel well supported” and practice improvement is delivered “creatively and innovatively” (Ofsted Focus Visit Outcome Letter 2019).
We will encourage you to be creative and progress your career making social work at Newcastle a profession that is yours to own.
In addition, you will receive:

• A dedicated 5-day induction
• Generous annual leave in addition to Bank Holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually
• A range of flexible working options
• A generous Flexi Scheme
• Access to Mindfulness sessions and other wellbeing initiatives
• Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme
• Access to a home electronics scheme and vehicle leasing scheme

You can hear more about what it is like to work at Newcastle at www.newcastle.gov.uk/csc or speak with Rachel Gray, Team Manager rachel.gray@newcastle.gov.uk
Do you think you have what it takes to join our team of excellent and dedicated social work professionals? Apply today.

As this post involves working with children, vulnerable adults or dealing with sensitive information, written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers before the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise.
We are strongly committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS disclosure and a range of other recruitment checks.

Other working patterns are available.

Apply online at www.northeastjobs.org.uk.