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Senior Practitioner

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Role Responsibility

Do you recognise Adolescence as a difficult time? Do you have empathy for families of adolescents, who struggle to navigate the changes?

The Integrated Adolescent Service recognises that adolescents should be given a bespoke offer of support. We want professionals capable of bringing understanding and emotional intelligence to everything they do. The service promotes a practice philosophy which seeks to empower young people and their families, building on individual strengths, and helping them to develop strategies which support them to understand, manage and respond to the difficulties they face.

Our practitioners need to be resilient and persistent; be solution-focused; look past challenging behaviours; build positive relationships with adolescents and their carers, and to inspire young people to reach their potential.

We have opportunities for experienced Social Workers to join our team in West Kent as a Senior Practitioner. We want a practitioner who really cares about adolescents and who understands the impact of trauma, and how to respond to contextual harm. 

Our generous recruitment, relocation and retention package is up to £13,000 in the first year, with a salary in the range of £41,216 - £47,199 dependent on skills and experience.

About us:

AST are a specialist social work team within an Integrated Adolescent Service which includes Youth Justice, Early Help, Inclusion & Attendance, Children’s Centres and Youth Services.

AST offers intensive support to adolescents and their families to manage complex situations including extra familial harm and family conflict. We offer co-working and co-location opportunities and we have excellent relationships with key partners including Housing, Education, Health and the Police.

Your role will involve providing intensive support, empowering young people and their families to develop effective long-term solutions to manage their family relationships and develop strategies to overcome the risks that adolescents face during this phase of their life.

Where it is not safe for young people to remain living at home we will continue to work with them and their families as well as their wider network to identify suitable safe alternatives.

We have invested heavily in our core offer to staff, including evidenced based training in case formulation, contextual safeguarding and trauma-informed approaches. We also offer trauma-informed supervision to practitioners and managers to enhance how we support our workforce.

About you:

With a degree in social work – CQSW, DipSW or equivalent – you must be BASW registered and should have substantial and varied post-qualification experiences of working with children and families. Your experience should cover systemic practice, and you will need an in-depth understanding of legislative and policy frameworks, along with a willingness to learn and develop as a practitioner; being a team player is essential in any social work team.

You will have excellent opportunities for professional development by managing a varied caseload working with adolescents and their families.  We’ll support you to consolidate your skills and knowledge, assisting you to develop areas of specialist practice, including trauma-informed practice and contextual safeguarding and bring your professional expertise to high profile and sensitive cases. As a role model for good practice and champion for your area of expertise, you’ll set performance expectations, striking a balance between support and oversight. As well as coaching and mentoring less experienced staff, you’ll have the opportunity to act as a Practice Assessor for ASYE and student social workers.

You’ll share your knowledge and experience with the team in a number of ways, including assisted fieldwork, case audits and reviews. In addition, you’ll contribute to working groups and multi-agency forums to develop new initiatives. In the Team Manager’s absence, you will be expected to provide management support to colleagues and act on the Team Manager’s behalf.

These roles are in area teams and require you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area You should note that public transport is rarely a viable option as your role will involve you transporting people and equipment to venues in very rural areas, often with limited public transport.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service and to registration as a qualified Social Worker with Social Work England.

This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.

We currently have vacancies available in our West 1 team (covering Maidstone and Swale) and our West 2 team (covering Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & Malling and Sevenoaks).

Contact Details

For more information about this role please contact our Adolescent Support Team Managers on or 03000 411745 (West 1) or Brooklyn Xaiver on or 03000 418902 (West 2).

About the Company

KCC is committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the county's working residents, encouraging applications from people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds and faiths, and aspires to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves at work.

Please note – if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible as the closing date for this advert may be earlier than stated should a number of suitably qualified candidates apply.

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