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Social Worker / Senior Practitioner (Family Solutions Plus) OCC582691

Job details


Salary range: £35,745 - £46,464 per annum 

Work location: Oxford, North Oxfordshire, South Oxfordshire. We are an agile working organisation; you may be required to work from office base or remote locations depending on the needs of the children and young people we support

Hours per week: 37 - we are open to discussions about flexible working

Contract type: Permanent

Vetting requirements: This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check




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 learn, grow, 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 of Social Workers, Senior Practitioners, Children’s Practitioners and Managers provide 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.


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



About the role


Our Family Solutions Plus (FSP) service is based on the Family Safeguarding Model; adult-facing practitioners provide direct support to families in need of help due to mental health, domestic abuse, and substance misuse needs, working closely with social workers in our social care teams to promote great outcomes for children, young people, and their families.


Our FSP service is locality based, delivering support and intervention where families live, in our Children & Family Centres across the County.  


As part of our team, you will:

  • Focus on successful outcomes for families using a relational, strengths-based approach.
  • Use motivational interviewing to engage and support families with making the changes they need.
  • Be supported with individual supervision to promote your wellbeing and professional development.
  • Hold a manageable caseload of no more than 18 children as an experienced social worker, to ensure that you have the time you need to spend with the children and families you are working with.
  • Have opportunities to continue to learn while you work, by undertaking training, webinars, practice learning events and reflective sessions.


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…

  • Kind and caring, with an understanding of and respect for individuals’ qualities, abilities, and diverse backgrounds.
  • Advocating for equality and integrity in all you do, and with your strong communication skills, work effectively with children, their families, and other professionals to achieve the best outcomes for children. 
  • Always learning, with a passion to grow and develop your skills, so that you can be a positive role model for children and their families.
  • Willing to take responsibility and contribute to the delivery of Oxfordshire County Council’s vision.  
  • Driven to do things differently to embark on a journey of continuous improvement.





Learn more about how #wecare for you…


  • Competitive salary from £35,745 - £46,464.
  • Welcome and Loyalty payment of £3,500.
  • Relocation allowance of up to £8,000.
  • Annual leave starting at 30 days per year (plus bank holidays).
  • A comprehensive Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
  • Flexible working.
  • Employee Assistance Programme including access to health and wellbeing support 24 x7.
  • Range of family friendly policies.
  • Childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, electric car scheme, range of staff discounts including travel, holidays, insurance, food, health & leisure activities.
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities.
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Would you like to know more?



Please click here to read the full Job Description and Person Specification


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Join our vibrant and passionate workforce and make a positive difference to the lives of children, young people and their families.




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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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