Share this Job

Social Worker and Personal Adviser / Senior Practitioner OCC12955

Job Details


Salary Range: £30,507 - £36,876 per annum

Work Location: Knights Court, Oxford

Hours per week: 37 

Contract type: Temporary for 12 months

Closing date: 26 August 2019

Interview date: 3 September 2019



Are you looking for a new challenge working within a creative, confident and ambitious organisation?


We currently have an opportunity for a Social Worker and Personal Adviser in the Central Looked After Children and Leaving Care (LAC&LC) Team to cover maternity leave. There is scope for this role to become a Senior Practitioner post if a successful candiate meets the criteria for a senior practitioner position.

About the Roles


The roles involve working with children who, after full assessment, are deemed to need permanent care away from their own home, or a significant period of substitute care, whether subject to care orders, placement orders or accommodated under Section 20. This also includes children subject to the LASPO legislation. To also work with young people under the Leaving Care Regulations, including young people who are subject to the Southwark Legislation.


You will be responsible for ensuring that all County Child Protection Policies are adhered to and concerns are raised in accordance with these policies.


The purpose of the Social Worker role is to:


  • ensure that services are planned and delivered in a way that maximises participation and reflects children's rights in relation to services being provided
  • acts on views of children and young people
  • demonstrate children's rights are reflected in the way that you work with children and young people


Want to know more?  Social Worker Job Description and Person Specification



The purpose and duties of the Senior Practitioner role are to:


  • assist the Team Manager in the operational management of the team,team co-ordination and development work including the monitoring of caseloads ensuring the highest standards of service are provided. This involves supervision to Social Workers, Family Support Workers and Students, including assuring parity of casework decisions; monitoring caseloads; ensuring that services are delivered and developed in line with departmental policies, procedures and guidelines
  • work with children, young people and their families in accordance with a shared plan that is targeted, multi-agency and outcome based. This work will include receiving and prioritising of referrals; provision of support services; ongoing work with those children, young people and their families and/or carers who are deemed to have high priority and complex needs with the remit of the team
  • suppor the locality agenda and partner agencies promoting early intervention initiatives and community based care plans

  • encourage and empower clients to participate in decision making processes and involve them in service development

  • assist with the implementation of departmental policies and procedures within statutory requirements

About You


To be successful in this role, you are:


  • A qualified Social Worker (B.A. Hons Degree, DipSW or CQSW) or equivalent and registered with the HCPC
  • Willing to undertake post qualifying training in Social Work
  • Experienced in working with children and families (including in a related field such as a student or volunteer)


You also have the ability to:


  • Work in partnership with parents and carers; ensure that a child’s welfare is paramount and to take necessary steps to protect children - this will involve communicating with adults, children and other professionals
  • Operate as part of a team in a busy, sometimes stressful environment - this will involve being flexible and using your initiative, whilst accepting the need to work within policies and procedures
  • Use computer information systems and produce timely and high quality written work (such as letters, forms, reports, directorate procedures and word processed documents)
  • Demonstrate good professional analytical, risk assessment and decision-making skills
  • Plan and chair meetings
  • Commit to continuous personal development
  • Act with high levels of trust and personal accountability; commit and understand the principles of Equal Opportunities for all in employment and the delivery of services
Rewards and Benefits


It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county - we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.


We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discounts; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering.



Additional Information


This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check.

Please note that under safer recruitment requirements, references will be requested prior to interview.


The role involves traveling independently to a variety of premises, sometimes at short notice to visit service users and attend meetings.


Please state on your application whether you wish to be considered for the Social Worker or Senior Practitioner post.



Please contact Joanne Morton on 01865 323 222 to discuss the role further



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.

To stay up-to-date with the latest news and featured jobs from Oxfordshire County Council, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Job Segment: Physician, Social Media, Information Systems, Healthcare, Marketing, Technology