Reference: RA0004947

About the Role

Here at Warwickshire County Council we put children and families at the heart of everything we do. We aim to ensure that Warwickshire’s children, young people, parents and carers receive the right help at the right time.

We are passionate about supporting communities and families to build on their strengths and relationships and find their own solutions.

We are doing great work here and we need great people to join us to continue to improve the lives of local children and their families.

We are excited to be launching this brand-new role and we are looking to recruit experienced and passionate social workers to undertake the role of Lead Practitioner in our Front Door.

Our Lead Practitioner’s are located within three different parts of the Service and will have slightly different roles depending on which area of the service you are in. This vacancy is for a Lead Practitioner within the Front Door. Across all areas, our Lead Practitioners will be:

A role model for good social work practice.
Provide mentoring, coaching support and practice expertise to less experienced team members.
Passion for achieving better outcomes for vulnerable children and their families and this will be demonstrated through restorative practice.
This role will support development into a management role in the future. This may include conducting supervision meetings and supporting other members of the team and providing management support.
A comprehensive knowledge of the challenges associated with working with children and their families is essential.
Applicants for the role will need a professional Social Work qualification and Social Work England Registration.

We are keen to receive applications from committed and experienced Social Workers. If you do not meet the essential criteria in relation to Enabling Others and Teaching and Assessing for Professional Practice (TAPP) you will be supported to complete within the first year of appointment.

About the Front Door

The Front Door is the point for all referrals where members of the community and professionals refer children and young people living in Warwickshire where they are worried about their safety and welfare. This is an office-based post with no face-to-face work with children and families. There is also the requirement to support and supervise Children and Families Advisors. The post will offer you the opportunity:

To make informed threshold decisions at a managerial level using the threshold documents and protocols agreed by all partner agencies.
To manage information sharing from all agencies, recording the concerns on appropriate data bases, analysing both historical and current concerns to achieve a timely response adhering to timescales.
To ensure that an appropriate pathway is followed for on-going intervention.
To provide consultation and advice to agency referrers about thresholds, appropriate actions and outcomes and signpost as appropriate.
To supervise alternatively qualified staff

About WCC Children and Families Service

At Warwickshire County Council (WCC) we work with children and families restoratively, building strong relationships and connections to help families find long-lasting solutions. Our work contributes to our wider County Council aim – to make Warwickshire the best it can be for everyone. It’s a big responsibility that can be challenging at times, but this is what drives our staff to succeed, develop and achieve. If you’re someone who wants to do the best job possible, who approaches everything with passion, tenacity, courage and purpose, then we want you to work with us.

WCC is an authority that engages with innovation. We are a financially secure local authority and want to achieve an outstanding service for children. To this end we have received £21m investment programme over four years to implement new and creative ways of working with children. This funding is from both the Council and Department for Education to strengthen relationship and evidenced based practice.

We are introducing the Leeds Family Values model which includes increasing Family Group Conferences, providing more support for Special Guardians and a Caring Dads Programme. We are also implementing Multi-Disciplinary ways of working (which is focussed on embedding adult mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse services in our teams. We also have a new Children’s Workforce Academy to further support our staff and managers develop. All of our practice is underpinned by restorative and trauma informed practice.

We’re building something very special in Warwickshire. A community of practice – with diverse thought, skills and experiences. Working for every child to create a Child Friendly Warwickshire. · Find out more about Warwickshire Children & Families Service · Ofsted inspection report Warwickshire

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Find out more about Warwickshire Children & Families Service

Read more in our Agile Working leaflet

For Further Details see Job Description and Specification

Additional Information:

Warwickshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

For more information please contact Claire Reynolds (Operations Manager of Warwickshire’s Integrated Front Door) on clairereynolds@warwickshire.gov.uk

Closing Date:12th June 2023

To apply for this vacancy please click on the ‘Apply’ button.
Our method of application is online, please note, CV’s should not been submitted unless asked to do so.

If you are unable to apply using the ‘Apply’ button please contact the Recruitment Centre onhrandpayroll@warwickshire.gov.ukincluding your contact details and any relevant screenshots.

You will be notified of our shortlisting decision via email, so please check your email on a regular basis after submitting your application.

As part of being a Disability Confident employer we guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application form which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required for each competence, as well as meeting any of the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential in the person specification.

Should you require application forms in an alternative format / language or any adjustments to be made throughout the application process or upon appointment, please contacthrandpayroll@warwickshire.gov.ukand we will make every effort to meet your specific requirements.

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is committed to equality of opportunity for all employees and is keen to address areas of under representation in its workforce, this is because we really understand the importance of different voices, experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds within our workforce.Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. WCC has a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for employees who hold these and other identities. Seemore.

Region: Warwick
Location: Warwick
Salary: *GBP*43,516.00 – *GBP*45,495.00 per annum
Package: Fulltime, Permanent
Contractual hours: 37
Basis: Full time

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