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SAFE Senior Practitioner

Herefordshire Council
HC09 £43,223 - £47,403 per annum (including £5,000 Market Forces Supplement)
Closing date
30 Nov 2023
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About The Role
SAFE Senior Practitioner
Location: Hereford
Hours: 37 Hours
Salary: HC09 £43,223 - £47,403 per annum (including £5,000 Market Forces Supplement)
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: 03/12/2023
This is a really exciting time to come and join the newly established SAFE team, our multidisciplinary response to the range of exploitative situations faced by some of the most vulnerable children in Herefordshire. The team includes a Missing Children Co-ordinator and Family Support Workers and is supported by a number of colleagues including the Police, Youth Justice Service, Early Help, Health and Education.
We are recruiting a dedicated, passionate, Senior Practitioner who can engage and work well with adolescents. If you want to help improve the life experience of children and families involved in all forms of exploitation, then this job is for you.
As part of this team you will support newly qualified and student social workers as well supervising Family Support Workers who work with children and young people that have been victims of or are at risk from a range of exploitative situations. You will be responsible for undertaking complex assessments alongside your supervisory responsibilities. You will report into the SAFE Team Manager and will have a passion for working with complex and often resistant adolescents but be rewarded by being part of a very supportive and dynamic team.
You will have a sound understanding of their development and need to have a good understanding of contextual safeguarding, exploitation and a successful track record of developing good working relationships with partner agencies.
You will have experience of supporting students and newly qualified colleagues and have attained or be willing to undertake the Practice Educator Award.
We Offer
A competitive salary, generous holiday entitlement, and access to our contributory pension and staff benefits scheme, which includes:

  • Senior Practitioner starting salary: £43,223 - £47,403 (including £5,000 market rate supplement per year).
  • Welcome payment: £5,000 for experienced social workers joining our children’s teams
  • Relocation packages: support of up to £10,000
  • Pension Scheme: Enrolment in the Local Government (LGPS)
  • Professional development: protected time and budget to support social workers develop themselves and their careers. We have a diverse and comprehensive training offer in place to support you in your role.
  • Career progression: clear pathways to progress and supported by the Social Care Academy to be a work based supervisor with the potential to become a Practice Educator as a development pathway.
  • Generous Annual Leave: 26 days’ annual leave (pro rata) plus bank holidays. After five years’ continuous service, this increases to 31 days (pro rata) plus bank holidays. You can also purchase an additional 10 days per annum.
  • Flexible working: flexi-time, job-share, part-time hours and, in some instances, home working
  • Employee Assistance Programme: 24/7 access to support and counselling
  • Payment of professional membership fees
  • Pick your perks – our benefits include access to a range of retail, leisure, holiday and health benefits. This includes savings, cash back and discounts.

If you would like to discuss the role or require any further information please get in touch with Veenita Jassel,
We welcome applicants whatever their personal characteristics or social identity. All requests for flexible working arrangements and reasonable adjustments will be considered.
The following candidates will be interviewed if they meet the essential criteria for the post they are applying for:
•             Those who indicate that they have a disability. This is part of our commitment to the “Disability Confident” scheme;
•             Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are an Armed Forces Veteran or Reservist. This is part of our pledge to support the Armed Forces Covenant; and
•             Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are a Herefordshire care leaver. This is part of our commitment to supporting young people leaving our care. 
Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for more details of this role.
To apply, please submit your CV and complete the supporting statement within the application form, referring to the job description & person specification, detailing how you meet the specific requirements of the role.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you would like to obtain details regarding feedback on your application please contact Hoople Resourcing at:

About The Company
Herefordshire is a beautiful, historic county located in the heart of the Marches on the border with Wales. We are one of the most rural and sparsely populated counties in England with a wealth of unspoilt countryside, distinctive heritage, and lively and attractive market towns.
Our priority in Herefordshire is to keep children safe and give them a great start in life. It’s the priority for the council, our partners and for all of us who work with Children & Young People. 
How do we do this? By having dynamic, dedicated, passionate and professional staff who work in a culture that focuses on what we can achieve with children, what they can achieve themselves, and the relationship we build with families and partners to enable this. We have invested heavily in training and developing staff in our relational practice approach with our improvement partner Leeds City Council, so it's an exciting time to join Herefordshire – we believe in investing in you so you can be the best you can be!
 Herefordshire has a really strong team ethos. Our teams are passionate about the work they do and the positive difference they and the teams they are in make to people’s lives. This is all underpinned by the focus and support from their managers and the council as a whole. 
We will deliver better support to our most vulnerable children and their families, develop stronger relationships with partners across the region, and beyond.
Come to Herefordshire and join the journey.


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