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Senior Practitioner - Help and Protection

  • Location: Aylesbury
  • Ref: FS05949
  • Closing date: 30 June 2018
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Working hours: Full Time
  • Salary: £40,771 - £45,254

The opportunity

Children’s social care has already started on a substantial improvement programme. Since a negative Ofsted inspection outcome after inspection in November 2017 a new, permanent senior management team has been recruited.

The number one priority of this new team is to improve the quality of statutory children’s services and the outcomes for vulnerable children in Buckinghamshire. A high support and high expectation culture is being driven forward with enthusiasm, expertise and pace. Significant engagement with all tiers of the service is underway and now is an exciting time to join the service and be part of our journey to good and beyond.

About us


Our Help and Protection teams work with children and young people who live at home in Buckinghamshire on either child protection and child in need plans. The key deliverable targets for this part of the service is to ensure sustainable and secure change is secured for children. This can only be achieved through strong partnership work and good quality plans. Assessments are based on the ‘Strengthening Families’ model of social work and the developing culture has a focus on families helping themselves to achieve change. The new Head of Service for Help and Protection is developing practice that reflects good assessment and social work based on inquisitive questioning.


About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to work as a senior practitioner alongside the management team.

The role will require experience of working with students as a Practice Educator providing support with direct practice and reflective supervision.

You will be working in a busy Help and Protection team as a lead practitioner, and will require good organisational skills, be self-motivated and have an in-depth knowledge of up to date research and legislation.

We know your skills are highly sought after so we’re offering a 6% market factor salary enhancement if you choose Bucks. You will also receive a Golden Hello payment of £2,125 upon your one year work anniversary; car allowances of £600 per annum (paid monthly), and a Relocation Allowance up to £8,000 (if applicable)*. At Buckinghamshire County Council, we’ll support you to develop your skills and experience and continue your own career progression.

About you

To make a great Senior Practitioner, you’ll bring your experience and knowledge with you and be confident in undertaking the role. In this busy, fast paced team, you’ll get on best if you are flexible and able to work well under pressure. You will work closely with colleagues from various teams and build positive links between your team and other parts of the service to ensure effective multi-professional working. You will hold a degree in social work (DipSW) and registered with the HCPC.


Other Information

*Please note this market factor enhancement is reviewed each year. The Golden Hello payment is paid pro rata for part time hours.

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