Practice Lead Inclusion

Job Summary
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Full time
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Closed for applications on 26/05/2024 23:59
£44,428 - £48,474 Grade 13
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Social Work - Children Service
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Your normal place of work will be Green Lane, Spennymoor, but you may be required to work at any Council workplace within County Durham. Hybrid working is applicable to this post.
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Closing date:
26 May
Further Information
Practice Lead Inclusion – (Equality, Diversity and Anti-Racist Practice) – 2 year contract

This is a really exciting development opportunity and we are looking for the right person to join us to fulfil this impactful role. The nature of this role means we have given careful consideration to the support and development needs of the successful candidate and are also open to ideas as we build this project together for maximum impact with co production at the heart.

We are a proud equal opportunities employer and recognise the value of difference, having a diverse talented workforce brings new ideas and new perspectives, which will facilitate growth and improvements to services.

As a Disability Confident Leader, we encourage applications from disabled people and can provide support throughout the recruitment process, for more information please refer to the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion page on our website.

You will contribute to transforming the working culture in Durham Children’s Social Care and promote anti racist and inclusive practice within children’s services to inspire change for the children and families we support.

This is an exciting and innovative non-case holding role for the right candidate to challenge and influence based within the safeguarding and professional practice team, alongside our social work academy and leadership academy and working alongside a supportive extended management team.

You will be part trainer / part coach / part mentor with an understanding of statutory social care to drive practice and hold brave challenging conversations.

This will include developing and delivering programmes of learning and development within Durham, providing advice and guidance to case-holding practitioners, influencing our embedded strengths based relational and trauma informed practice framework, developing staff networks to offer supportive peer spaces, influencing policy makers and exploring income generating opportunities regionally and within the teaching partnership to influence practice in the North East and beyond.

We are passionate about social work in County Durham and are committed to providing a culture where good practice can flourish. We ensure our colleagues are highly supported and encourage flexible working to achieve a good work-life balance.

Durham Children’s Social Care won a gold award for most supportive employer and one of our Social Workers won a silver award for Children’s Social Worker of the year in the National Social Work awards 2022 - we are committed to helping your practice flourish and are overjoyed for our employees to be recognised in this way continue to build on this.

Find out more about how we support our Social Workers and practitioners : https://www.durham.gov.uk/childrenssocialwork

You will be a confident facilitator, have a keen interest in social justice, practice education and anti-oppressive practice.

A background in Social Work is preferred, but not essential.

Please refer to the Person Specification for the full criteria for this exciting and unique role.

If this role has caught your eye, we would encourage you to contact us for an informal chat about the role or find out more about our ambitions for practice in Durham. Please contact Principal Social Worker Shelley.gill@durham.gov.uk and have a read of the supportive documents attached to this advert which have influenced our thinking.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held on 4 June 2024.

We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants that can show they meet all the essential criteria and have indicated they have a disability, are a looked after young person, care leaver or a veteran.

If you have any support needs or require assistance when applying for this role, please contact the Payroll and Employee Services Team via email PESCYPS@durham.gov.uk or telephone 03000 264743 / 264613 / 265289 / 267241.

Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered with North East Jobs, including your invite to interview if you are short-listed. Please check your email after the closing date for notification from ‘DONOTREPLY@NORTHEASTJOBS.ORG.UK’ as you will not be notified by any other means.

You will join a fantastic team where you are valued, and your wellbeing is a priority.

You will be supported to work flexibly and to have a good work/life balance. We operate a hybrid working model with home working options.

You will benefit from a range of training opportunities and professional development through personalised induction, professional supervision, and mentoring.

We can offer you a range of employee benefits including competitive salaries, a generous leave entitlement of up to 32 days, a government pension scheme and various flexible and hybrid working options (benefits are subject to individual Terms and Conditions).

Find out more https://www.durham.gov.uk/article/26895/Rewards-and-benefits

In line with the County Council's Recruitment and Selection Policy, please note that we are unable to accept CVs. Applications must be submitted on-line via the Northeast Jobs portal.

Please use the Person Specification section of your application form to demonstrate that you have the essential and where possible, desirable experience, skills, and knowledge. Candidates who do not evidence that they meet the essential qualifications and experience listed on the Person Specification will not be short-listed.

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This job is closed for applications.