Lead Practitioner – Children & Families Practice & Learning Hub
Do you have a passion for supporting the learning, practice and development of others to help them be the best practitioners they can be?
Do you have experience of creating engaging and flexible learning programmes that meet the needs of a diverse workforce?
Are you an experienced children’s social care practitioner?
If so, we would welcome your application for this role!
We have an exciting opportunity for a permanent Practice & Learning Lead Practitioner based in our new Children and Families Practice & Learning Hub. Lead Practitioners help ensure that the future generation of social workers, family support workers, youth workers and other children and families professionals are supported to grow as individuals and develop the skills and confidence to deliver best practice. In addition to empowering new practitioners to reach their potential the team also work across all levels of the service and with key partners, coaching and enabling everyone to be the best they can be.
Working within a highly regarded, efficient and dedicated children’s services you will be given the opportunity to contribute to a flourishing workforce improving outcomes for children, young people, and their families.
At Warwickshire we work restoratively through a solution focussed and trauma informed lens and this position will help us to continue our restorative journey. Find out why we are good Ofsted.
If you want to build strong relationships and connections with families, join Warwickshire’s Children and Families service. Find out more about Us and Our Offer to you
About the Role
Practice & Learning Lead Practitioner (Social Work)
We are looking for someone who is committed, enthusiastic, dedicated, and passionate about improving outcomes for children, young people and families in Warwickshire. Candidate’s must be social work qualified and have social work experience. We need someone who understands restorative approaches, encouraging learning, reflection, support and challenge and who will work positively as part of a team and with our colleagues and partners, promoting good quality practice focused on improving outcomes for children and families.
The successful candidate will be working with Team Managers and Operational Leads to identify team and Whole Service practice and learning needs and to prioritise staff for support and continued professional development opportunities. We value and believe we are stronger and richer in our practice through multi-disciplinary, collaborative working based on empathy, trust and mutual respect. When individuals commit to this way of being with one another we harness the potential to create a more equitable work environment where people are better connected, more engaged and more productive.
The Practice & Learning Hub will meet the needs of social workers, managers, youth workers, family support workers, youth justice practitioners and other disciplines within the service.
Through delegated responsibilities from the Principal Social Worker the successful candidate will contribute to the assessment of NQSW (Newly Qualified Social Workers) and co-lead and co-facilitate support sessions to social workers and other practitioners in a range of learning and practice development opportunities.
You will work collaboratively with others, developing and maintaining relationships, forging new partnerships and integrating multi-agency working practices whilst retaining your commitment and motivation to keep children and families at the heart of everything we do.
If you thrive in a fast- paced and lively environment whilst having a strong commitment to achieving better outcomes for children and families, then we look forward to hearing from you.
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About WCC (Warwickshire County Council) Children and Families Service
At Warwickshire County Council (WCC) we work restoratively with children and families, building strong relationships and connections to help families find long-lasting solutions. Our work contributes to our wider County Council aim – to make Warwickshire the best it can be for everyone. It’s a big responsibility that can be challenging at times, but this is what drives our staff to succeed, develop and achieve.
Now is an exciting time to be a part of our team, the service was judged as good in all areas by Ofsted at the beginning of 2022 and we are building on this by expanding our workforce and investing in sustainable services to make a difference to the lives of children and families.
If you are someone who wants to do the best job possible, who approaches everything with passion, tenacity, courage, and purpose, then we want you to work with us.
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For further details please see the job description and person specification
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 appropriate DBS disclosure.
For more information, please contact Operations Manager by emailing AnitaLekhi@warwickshire.gov.uk
Closing Date: 04 December 2023
Interview Date: Face to Face at Shire Hall, Warwick, 14 December 2023
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