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Social Worker/Senior Practitioner - Assessment OCC610490

Job details


Salary range: £35,745 - £42,403 per annum 

Work location: County Hall, Oxford and hybrid working

Hours per week: 37 and part time requests can be considered. 

Contract type: Permanent

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


Closing date:  Applications will be reviewed as they are received  and we reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

Interview date: To be confirmed



About us


We have an exciting opportunity for Social Workers/Senior Practitioners to join our newly-established Integrated Assessment Team (IAS). In IAS, you will focus on Section 17 Child & Family Assessments. All assessments begin with a multi-disciplinary planning meeting to ensure our assessments are meaningful, focused and timely. We are determined that children and their families receive the right help, at the right time through proportionate assessments that clearly distinguish between need, risk and harm.


We also have an exciting opportunity for 4 Senior Practitioners to join our exciting new team – the Integrated Safeguarding Investigation Team. In ISIT, you will be part of a Section 47 investigation team responding to new referrals for children where there is evidence they are suffering, or at risk of suffering, significant harm. Working with partner agencies, you will quickly assess any risk to children and work with their families to form safe plans for them, while completing a Child & Family Assessment to determine the best plan of further support. Although your involvement with children and their families will only be for the time of a Section 47 enquiry and Child & Family Assessment, you will play a key role in ensuring robust plans of support are formed where a Child In Need or Child Protection Plan is required. 


Please confirm your preference on your application form. 



About you


We need social workers to join our team who are creative, committed, and child-focused to provide our children with the highest quality of assessment and planning where they require our help for their needs to be met.



Rewards and benefits


  • Culture of flexible working
  • 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 Laura Watson-Harrison –



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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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