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Senior Practitioner (Children's Services Teams) OCC10692

Job Details


Salary Range: £37,849 - £40,760 pro-rata, per annum

Work Location: Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Oxford City, Witney, Oxfordshire

Hours per week: Full and part time - flexible working options considered

Contract type: Permanent 

Closing date: This is an open-ended advert and applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as and when received.The advert will close once we are able to fill the position. We therefore strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible.


Vetting requirements: This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check. Please note that under safer recruitment requirements, references will be requested prior to interview.




We have a great opportunity for professionals with extensive experience of working in a statutory children and families setting.



In this role you will focus on complex cases and provide important mentoring and supervision to Social Workers and Family Support Workers and take lead responsibility for specific areas of continual professional development for the team.


We understand the demands and emotional challenges of the job. That’s why we provide our team with a positive, safe, supportive working environment with flexible working options to help you balance work and other aspects of your life.


Safeguarding vulnerable children is our priority. We are committed to stopping abuse and neglect, supporting troubled families, and giving children the best possible start in life.


If you are confident working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities, and have a strong commitment to continual improvement in professional practice and development, we want you.


To be successful in your role, you must:

  • have professional social work qualification and be registered with Social Work England with post-qualification work experience (applications from non-registered returners welcome)
  • have experience of working on complex cases, involving Children & Family Courts
  • have excellent analytical skills with ability to make well informed decisions
  • have the ability to record and produce concise, effective and accurate written work
  • ideally have some experience of mentoring others e.g. students, colleagues


Oxfordshire County Council’s Children’s Social Care Service is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.



Job Description


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Golden Hello


For talented, experienced social workers joining our Children’s Family Solutions Service, we are offering a Golden Hello payment of £3,500 on successful completion of a six month probation period. To be eligible for this award you must be able to demonstrate significant levels of relevant post-qualifying experience, usually obtained from working for at least three years’ with complex child protection and care proceeding cases.



Relocation Package


In line with County Council policy, if you want to move and live in Oxfordshire, we also offer a relocation package up to a maximum of £8,000 to cover reimbursement of expenses incurred by newly appointed employees (subject to eligibility)


To find out more, please visit Children's Social Care Jobs



Application Procedure


To apply, you will need to complete an online application form. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the role requirements, as specified in the job posting. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory. 


If you experience any difficulties whilst completing the application form, please contact the Recruitment Team at occ.recruitment@hants.gov.uk 



Contact details for an informal discussion


Alex Jeyes, Strategic Resourcing Lead for Children's Services, via workforus@oxfordshire.gov.uk



Our Organisation is 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 this commitment.


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. 


All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to flexible working arrangements.


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