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Advanced Practitioner RBKC23494

Job Summary:

Salary Range: £33,600 - £45,400 per annum
Work Location: Kensington Town Hall, London, W8 7NX
Hours per week: 36 
Contract type: Permanent 
DBS check: Enhanced 
Closing date: 26 April 2020
Contact details for an informal discussion: Dawn Saunders, Team Manager CWD on 0207 598 4924 or Danielle Bishop, Practice Manager CWD on 07891 470955 or Sheila Rodgers, Team Manager (Integrated Transitions Adult Learning Disability Team) on 0207 313 6834.

About Us:

Working as part of Children’s Services will provide a challenging and rewarding career. We have high ambitions for the children and young people of Kensington and Chelsea.  We have formed a bi-borough Children’s Services team with colleagues from Westminster City Council. Our services, which include education, family services and safeguarding, have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted, and our drive to be the best doesn’t stop there.  By working with us, you will have the opportunity to make a difference to young people in one of the world’s most diverse cities.

If you would like to play a part in this unique team, please take a look at the vacancies below. 

The Role:

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Disabled Children’s Team in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. We are a specialist social work service within Family and Children’s Services. 


This post involves working with the Disabled Children’s Team and Integrated Transitions Team (Adult Learning Disability Team). Working with young people aged 14 to 25 and their families who are significantly affected by physical and learning disability, autism, chronic physical ill health, or who have additional complex needs. 


The Disabled Children’s Team is based in Kensington Town Hall and works closely alongside the multi disciplinary short breaks team, which includes short break practitioners, occupational therapists and a systemic family therapist. The Disabled Children’s Team are co-located with a specialist CAMHS Team.


As well as being part of the Disabled Children’s Team (3 days), the Advanced Practitioner for Transition Social Work will also spend time (2 days) each week based within the Integrated Transition Team (Adult Learning Disability Team); a multi-disciplinary team made up of health and social care practitioners based at 1-9 St Marks Road. 


We offer a unique learning and development opportunity, developing systemic family based social work practice with the support and input of Systemic Family Therapists based within the social work teams. There is a rolling programme of training to support practice development across the service. 


As an Advanced Social Work Practitioner for RBKC you could both benefit significantly from the experience and learning we can offer and help us to change the way we work for the better and further improve outcomes for children. To this end, all our Social Workers are expected to attend our in-house systemic training.


Please refer to the Job Description for more information. 

About You:
  • You will be a qualified social worker 
  • HCPC or Social Work England registered.
  • Have experience of working in a statutory social work setting.
  • Demonstrate commitment to systemic practice.
  • You should have at least 3 years’ post qualifying social work experience; at least 2 of those years within a disabled children or adults’ social work team. 
  • You must have worked in a statutory children’s social work role for at least 1 year. 
  • It would be helpful if you had court, mentoring and transitions experience.
Role Requirements:

You are expected to undertake responsibility for the following range of work:


- Child protection.
- Children being looked after by the Local Authority.
- Children and the courts.
- Work with children in need and their families.
- Adult safeguarding 
- Preparation for adulthood 
- Care Act Needs Assessments and Support Plans
- Children with complex health needs and disabilities 
- Short break assessments 

In addition to this, you would be required:

  • Provide high quality social work to young people, adults and families whose needs are complex or who present challenge or high risk. 
  • Provide a leadership role in the team or locality providing a source of experience and expertise to other workers. 
  • To provide excellent evidence based social work practice to young people, adults and families using a variety of techniques. 
  • Demonstrate social work techniques and skills within the service, role modelling best professional practice with transition cases in preparation for adulthood. 
  • Manage cases in court proceedings for which the practitioner is responsible and to assist in cases where a more experienced practitioner can provide a second opinion or additional support. 
  • Work in accordance with the Council's Equal Opportunities statement.
  • Contribute to the development of the work of the Department (e.g. participation in working parties).
  • Keep abreast of childcare and adult social care legislation and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Undertake other such relevant duties as required by the manager.




We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf. Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.

We will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.


We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.


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