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Senior Practitioner- Fostering - Recruitment & Assessment Team

Location: Essex
Salary: £34000 - £50400/annum
Posted: 13 days ago
Industry: Social Care
Contact Name: CV-Library
Senior Practitioner - Fostering - Recruitment and Assessment Team Countywide (base can be negotiated) Salary from £34,000 to £42,000 on appointment with performance related progression to £50,400 Permanent, full time contract The Role The Senior Practitioner is responsible for the management of their own cases and foster carer recruitment. The role primarily involves undertaking Form F assessments, kinship assessments and Special Guardianship Order assessments (SGO), as well as creative recruitment activity working closely with foster carers and children in care out in the community on joint initiatives. Due to the nature of the role evening and weekend work is required as well as the occasional duty work. The team is therefore flexible to reflect the needs of their service users as well as their team members. We are fortunate to have a very passionate, driven, creative team consisting of social workers and outreach worker, foster carers and children in care who works together successfully to ensure that we creatively meet every challenge we have faced and to ensure that we recruit the right foster families to care for our most vulnerable children in Essex. If you are passionate about making a difference by being part of our Fostering Recruiting Team then this role is for you. What you'll need to join our Social Work teams You may be an experienced Social Worker looking to take the next step in your career or you may be a Senior Practitioner open to change and ready to innovate in an environment where you can stretch yourself professionally and make an impact individually. To play a key part in transforming the lives of children and families, you'll be a DIPSW, CQSW, CSS or equivalent graduate. You will inspire high standards from Social Workers around you, and shape practice standards within the service, delivering positive outcomes collaboratively. You will be a team player enabling your team to work well together under pressure. For this particular role you will need to have: * excellent assessment and analytical report writing skills for understanding and dealing with complex cases * the ability to complete kinship or SGO assessments within the agreed Court Time scales or as dictated by the Care Plan and or Care Planning Regulations in case of a Temporary Approval for kinship foster care applicants. * to respond to all duty calls and initial home visits in an efficient and professional manner and recorded clearly and in detail. * to present your applicants to the Fostering Panel with clear recommendation and evidence to support this recommendation. * ideally have Court experience as you may need to present and give evidence in Court if needed for SGO or kinship fostering application. * Support and participate in Recruitment activities. * be involved in the development of a Service area that relates to Recruitment of foster carers or to link with one of the Quadrant Fostering Teams to establish up to date needs and developments relevant to that quadrant . The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the County of Essex and beyond. A driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential. Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation. Working for Essex is a trading name of Capita Resourcing Ltd. Services offered are those of an Employment Agency and Employment Business. Applicants will be required to register with us