Missing Children's Practitioner

Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
£27,514 - £30,095
21 Jul 2022
18 Aug 2022
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Social care
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Fixed Term Contract
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Are you a passionate, proactive and committed individual with experience of working with young people?


If so, we would welcome your application for this role


This is an exciting opportunity to join a brand-new team in the Warwickshire County Council Children and Families Service.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Missing Children’s Practitioner to join our brand-new team supporting children and families. You will join a dedicated and innovative team built on existing expertise and developing new ways of working that is co located with multi-agency partners, including Children’s Social Care, Warwickshire Police, Compass, and Barnardo’s.


The main purpose of the role is to work collaboratively with partners, statutory and voluntary agencies to reduce and manage risk, safeguard and protect children who go missing and identify opportunities to reduce and prevent further missing episodes by adopting a problem solving and joint working approach.


We are looking for a someone who will work creatively and collaboratively with young people and their families. You will be passionate, committed and solution-focused, evidencing restorative principles within your practice.


Experience of working with young people and an ability to form positive relationships is essential. You will have the opportunity to learn and develop your own practice and skills with training in Restorative Practice and Motivational Interviewing. You will work in a supportive environment and will have regular supervision and support and the opportunity to develop close working relationships with other teams within Children and Families and wider partner agencies. If you have a strong commitment to achieving better outcomes for children & young people, then we look forward to hearing from you.



The Role


Key responsibilities will include:


Retain ownership of specific children (as allocated) and identify those who are going missing most and adopt a problem-solving approach to reduce this risk.


Retain ownership of specific locations, review all contacts made from these locations in relation to missing children and ensure appropriate follow up calls and visits are completed. Where necessary refer incidents to appropriate Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) or supervisors.


Retain ownership of allocated children’s profile documents/ trigger plans. Evaluate and assess the risk elements within the profile documents, ensure that the details provided are appropriate, relevant, accurate, and up to date and adhere to General Data Protection Regulations.


Ensure that the profile document is visible and accessible on relevant Force systems to officers and staff to assist with risk assessment and decision making.



The Fluency Duty is outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers. The Fluency Duty for this role is Required. You must be able to speak and provide advice in accurate spoken English to the public. 


For further details please see the Job Description and Person Specification.


Additional Information


Warwickshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.


For further information about the role please contact Vicky Woodfield vickywoodfield@warwickshire.gov.uk


Closing Date: 19th August 2022


Interview Date: W/C 29th August 2022


To apply for this vacancy please click on the 'Apply' button.
Our method of application is online, please note, CV’s should not been submitted unless asked to do so. 

If you are unable to apply using the 'Apply' button please contact the Recruitment Centre on hrandpayroll@warwickshire.gov.uk including your contact details and any relevant screenshots.

You will be notified of our shortlisting decision via email, so please check your email on a regular basis after submitting your application.   


As part of being a Disability Confident employer we guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application form which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required for each competence, as well as meeting any of the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential in the person specification.   


Should you require application forms in an alternative format / language or any adjustments to be made throughout the application process or upon appointment, please contact hrandpayroll@warwickshire.gov.uk  and we will make every effort to meet your specific requirements.  


Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is committed to equality of opportunity for all employees and is keen to address areas of under representation in its workforce, this is because we really understand the importance of different voices, experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds within our workforce. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. WCC has a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for employees who hold these and other identities. See more.


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