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Senior Practitioner - Emergency Duty Team OCC613787

Job details


Salary range: £43,421 – £46,464 per annum (Plus additional 15% enhancement for unsocial hours)

Work location: Abingdon Police Station, Abingdon 

Hours per week: 37 (rotating shift pattern) - we are open to discussions about flexible working 

Contract type: Permanent 

Vetting requirements: This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check, This post is also subject to Non-Police Personnel Vetting. Further information about this process will be provided to successful candidates.


Closing date: Tuesday 9th July 2024

Interview date: To be confirmed



Join a passionate team that gives you the autonomy to deliver creative interventions for the people you work with, with the wrap around support that helps you discover your hidden passions and interests in social work.



About us


We care for you so that you can care for others.


At Oxfordshire County Council you don’t just work for us… you learngrow, and thrive with us.


Our promise to “Work together to help children, young people, and families to thrive” underpins everything we do. Our practice approach is all about the importance of building relationships, listening, empowering people, understanding need, building on strengths and “doing with”.


Embark on the new year with the support of Oxfordshire County Council where our high performing team provides the wrap around support that’s essential for you to feel safe and fulfilled at work.  We do this through our commitment of strengthened supervision, ongoing professional training, safe practices, and manageable caseloads, so that you can bring your best self to the children you support.


Because we know that when you thrive, the children we work with thrive.



About the role


The Emergency Duty Team (EDT) are an out of hours service covering 126.5 hours of the operational working week, therefore you will be working alongside colleagues on a rotating Shift Pattern which will include some weekends and Bank Holidays. We work closely with our partner agencies and are co-located with Thames Valley Police in Abingdon Police Station.


As part of our team, you will:


  • Provide a high-quality response to emergency referrals out of normal working hours.
  • Work a rotational shift pattern. 
  • Provide appropriate support and interventions to vulnerable adults, children and families to address safeguarding concerns.
  • Provide out of hours advice and guidance to professionals, as well as factually accurate and reflective reports.
  • Be the first point of contact for professionals, vulnerable adults, children, families or members of the public who have a concern which cannot wait until normal office hours resume.
  • Carry out thorough high-quality crisis led assessments for children and families, promptly identifying level of risk, need and services required to promote and ensure safe outcomes.
  • Actively apply legal and professional knowledge and skills - balancing protection, risk and support to achieve positive outcomes for those requiring our service.                                                


Our work pattern


Your pattern is carefully managed, is fair and equitable with a combination of ‘block’ shift patterns. Shifts are as follows:  


Mon – Thursday 5pm – 12:00 or 12:00 – 8.30am                                   

Friday 4 – 12:00 or 12: -8.30am.                                                         

Weekends: 8.30am-5pm or 5pm-12:00 or 12:00 – 8.30am.


We have other vacancies across social care, so if you’re a qualified social worker looking to explore new opportunities, we encourage you to apply.



About you


We would like to hear from you if you are…


  • Always learning, with three years post qualifying Social Worker experience and a passion to grow and develop your skills, so that you can be a positive role model for children and their families.
  • Kind and caring, providing a proactive personalised approach, responding to needs in a timely manner with good communication skills and a professional telephone manner.
  • Advocating for equality and integrity in all you do, providing tailored advice and information to children and families acknowledging the uniqueness of individual needs or situations, referring to other agencies where applicable within the emergency response.
  • Willing to take responsibility and contribute to the delivery of Oxfordshire County Council’s vision and maintain a 'child/person' focused model of working by exercising professional curiosity in all areas of work. 
  • Driven to do things differently to embark on a journey of continuous improvement.



Rewards and benefits


  • Culture of flexible working
  • Welcome and Loyalty payment of £3,500
  • Relocation allowance of up to £8,000
  • Technology to support agile working where role permits
  • Up to 33 day’s holiday p.a. plus bank holidays  
  • Option to ‘buy’ additional holiday
  • Employee Assistance Programme including access to health and wellbeing support
  • Membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, with an employer’s contribution of up to 19.9%
  • Enhanced family friendly policies
  • Local and national discounts for shopping and travel
  • Great learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development


Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria


For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Penny Young, Team Manager, 07554 103 363/ 01865 894922 



Application Procedure


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Our commitment to:
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, or on maternity or family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support, education and safe spaces for all.

Our commitment to:
Guaranteed Interview Schemes

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education, we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.

Our commitment to:

Oxfordshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect these commitments.

Our commitment to:
Flexible Working

We are open to discussions about flexible working, which can include flexi-time, part time working, job sharing, nine-day fortnights and annualised hours, depending on the requirements of the role and the service.

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