Job Details

Job Title Senior Practitioner Child Protection and Court
Our Reference J5503
Employment Term Permanent
Location Hereford
Salary(Min\Max) £34373.00\£38553.00
Job Category Children's Social Care
Senior Practitioner - Child Protection and Court
Contract: Permanent
Location: Hereford
Hours: 37 hours
Salary: HC09 £34,373.00 - £38,553.00 plus Market forces supplement of £5000

Passionate about giving children and young people a great start in life?

Our priority in Herefordshire is to keep children safe and give them a great start in life. It’s the priority for the council, our partners and for all of us who work in Children’s Wellbeing.

How do we do this? By having dynamic, dedicated, passionate and professional staff who work in a culture that focuses on what we can achieve with children, what they can achieve themselves, and the relationship we build with families and partners to enable this. We have invested heavily in training and developing staff in our single practice approach which is Signs of Safety and it's is an exciting time to join Herefordshire – we believe in investing in you so you can be the best you can be!

Herefordshire has a really strong team ethos. Our teams are passionate about the work they do and the positive difference they and the teams they are in make to people’s lives. This is all underpinned by the focus and support from their managers and the council as a whole.

The Child protection and Court Team service is looking for great people to join our existing teams in order to make a difference for the children and families we work with and to achieve the very best we can. We are proud of the team spirit which exists in our teams and across our service and by having supportive colleagues around you is what makes a difference. As a Senior practitioner you will take a lead role in modelling this ethos to the team, support social workers in developing their ongoing practice and be colleague who supports based on enhanced experience and practice of social work. You will also hold a small and complex caseload which will reflect your experience and knowledge. With this in mind if you think this is you, we would encourage to join us on our journey to improve children and families lives in Herefordshire.

The vacancy sits within a busy Child protection and Court Team undertaking both Court and CIN work. The team is made of a range of experienced and ASYE Social Workers who are all permanent. As a Senior Practitioner you will be expected to hold a small but complex case load and support qualified and ASYE workers with reflective supervision and mentoring in addition to undertaking some basic administrative tasks such as compiling the Duty rota or supporting the Children Social Work Manager where necessary. The staff are committed and dedicated to the children in Herefordshire and you will become part of a close, supportive and passionate team.

Come to Herefordshire and join the journey.
Competitive relocation payment of up to £5,000.

To find out more about working in children’s services, please visit

This role is subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

We welcome applicants whatever their personal characteristics or social identity. All requests for flexible working arrangements and reasonable adjustments will be considered.

The following candidates will be interviewed if they meet the essential criteria for the post they are applying for:
• Those who indicate that they have a disability. This is part of our commitment to the “Disability Confident” scheme;
• Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are an Armed Forces Veteran or Reservist. This is part of our pledge to support the Armed Forces Covenant; and
• Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are a Herefordshire care leaver. This is part of our commitment to supporting young people leaving our care.

Benefits with Herefordshire Council
• Holidays: 25 days per year plus 2 days unpaid at Christmas (pro rata for part time)
• Pension: LGS pension scheme
• Pick your perks – our benefits include access to a range of retail, leisure, holiday and health benefits. This includes savings, cash back and discounts.
• We also offer an employee assistance programme that means you will have access to confidential support and advice if you ever need it.

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for more details of this role.

To apply, please submit your CV along with a supporting statement, referring to the job description and person specification, detailing how you meet the specific requirements of the role.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you would like to obtain details regarding feedback on your application please contact Hoople Resourcing at:

Specification Documents

Senior Practitioner JD (Feb 16) (1)
Senior Practitioner PS (Feb 16)

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