We are recruiting for two Lead Practitioners to work as part of our Partners in Change Hub and help lead practice improvement across the service to create change for families. One Lead Practitioner will have a specialism around domestic abuse, working with both victims and perpetrators, and the other around how we support families on a child in need basis.
Interview date: Friday 17th May 2019
For an informal discussion, please contact Tom Stibbs - Principal Social Worker on 01273 296049.
About the Role:
Brighton and Hove Children’s Services are improving outcomes for the children and families we support by embedding a model of relationship-based social work. We introduced our model of practice in October 2015 and since that time we have seen a significant reduction in the number of children in our care, the number of child protection plans we have and the number of applications we are making for care proceedings. Social workers tell us in our social work health check that they feel safe and supported and trusted to make decisions. The experience of the families we are supporting have also improved and, for example, the number of complaints made by families have significantly reduced.
As well as implementing a workforce development plan to support this re-design we have introduced group supervision and Reflective Practice Groups to ensure that social workers receive robust and reflective support. A key part of these changes have been the Lead Practitioners who work across our service driving good practice. Skilled social workers who have developed expert knowledge, the Lead Practitioners work alongside social workers to share this knowledge and improve practice. Lead Practitioners provide co-working and mentoring to social workers and also facilitate Reflective Practice Groups for social workers. In addition, they lead training and development activities and to contribute to workforce development.
Due to the promotion of previous post-holders, we now have vacancies for a Lead Practitioner with a specialism in domestic abuse, including work with victims and perpetrators and building links with local agencies, and a Lead Practitioner who can drive forward practice in terms of how we support children in need and ensure we help families make meaningful change as early as possible in our processes.
To support the next stage of implementing our vision of great social work practice, we are developing a Partners in Change Hub from May 2019. This hub will bring together the specialist support that we provide to social workers and families, including the Lead Practitioners, in a multi-disciplinary team that will ensure that social workers and families receive the right support from the first assessment onwards.
You must hold a Professional Social Work Qualification (e.g. CQSW, Dip(SW), MSW) and be registered as a social worker with the HCPC. In addition, you must have significant practice experience and be able to demonstrate specialist knowledge and the ability to improve the practice of others in order to make a difference for families. You should have some experience of supervising other practitioners and supporting group work. You will need to have excellent skills for engaging children and their families and completing assessments informed by evidence. You should also be able to drive change and work well within a multi-agency context.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency's Points-based Immigration System.
From 6 April 2011 the Home Office has placed a permanent restriction on the number of migrant workers that all Tier 2 (General) Sponsors can recruit. Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.
As part of Brighton & Hove City Council's ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process, without prior notice if a suitable redeployee (internal employee at risk of redundancy) is identified.