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Principal Social Worker, Practice & Policy Manager

  • Location: Countywide
  • Ref: FS05495
  • Closing date: 09 July 2017
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Salary: £46,007 - £51,067


Safeguarding vulnerable children and young people is one of the most important jobs we have. That’s why we’re looking for a skilled Principal Social Worker and Practice & Policy Manager to help lead on the implementation of practice and policy, and coordinate and oversee our policy development.

Through your efforts, we can ensure that our services meet the highest standards – changing young lives for the better.

*Please note we are recruiting to this post on an on-going basis, and should the right candidate apply we may interview and appoint prior to the closing date.*

About us

This is a fantastic opportunity to build your professional career within a well-established local authority.

Bucks County Council is at the heart of the community delivering essential services seven days a week, all year round to over half million plus residents, businesses and visitors. Touching the lives of everyone, the Council provides over 100 services from childcare to countryside parks, schools to social care and from roads to the registry office. From over 500 different locations, more than 10,000 employees work hard to meet the challenge of delivering outstanding service across a portfolio of services.

About the role

You’ll act as the Principal Social Worker, championing the role of the social worker across the Council, with partners and strategic partnerships and communicating frontline experiences to senior managers and the wider Principal Social Worker network.

As Practice & Policy Manager, you’ll play a vital role in the strategy for Children’s Social Care. This will include advising on matters of social work practice and supporting Practice Improvement Managers/Operational Managers in raising standards and the quality of social work practice.

You’ll also support and promote the delivery of the quality assurance framework and ensure there are up to date policies and practice guidance in place.

Please see the attached job summary for further details.

About you

You will be a qualified Social Worker, holding a DipSW or equivalent with HCPC registration and extensive post-qualification experience.

You’ll have a good understanding of children’s services and social care and learning.  You will combine your expertise with the ability to manage change, think creatively and use your initiative to solve problems.

With these talents, plus your excellent communication skills, you’ll be supported to influence a wide range of contacts – and set the highest standards you can.

Please see the attached job summary (below) for full details of required skills and knowledge.

Other Information

To recognise the high demand for your skills the salary we currently offer includes a 6% market factor enhancement (Range 7 to Range 10 only).  Additionally, you will receive a Golden Hello payment of £2125 upon the successful completion of your probationary period,  a crucial to post car allowance of £300 per annum paid monthly,  and a Relocation Allowance (if applicable)  up to £8K. 

Please note this market factor enhancement is reviewed each year.

Golden Hello payment is paid pro rata for part time hours.

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