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Senior Practitioner - Ascent (Complex and Enduring Mental Health)

Birmingham Children's Trust
Birmingham, West Midlands
Salary up to £53,474 ( made up of a basic salary with a retention payment - see advert for details)
Closing date
1 Mar 2027

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Health & Social Care / Work
Job Type
Social work; Children - Qualified
Contract Type
Working Pattern

Job Details

Salary up to £53,474 (This is made up of a basic salary with a retention payment of £5,000 per annum, additionally there is an incentive payment of £1,000 & Relocation Package of up to £8,000 subject to tax and NI deductions - T's & C's will apply)

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a fledgling, developing dynamic frontline service within Birmingham Children's Trust.

About us 

Ascent is a service that supports Children and Young people in the Birmingham area  who have Complex and Enduring Mental Health needs. Ascent is focussed on bringing about meaningful change, preventing admission/readmission to Tier 4 mental health services, addressing social determinants of mental health and Safeguarding Children and Young people.

The Children and Young People who we work with have experienced reoccurring mental health crisis and/or Acute mental ill health resulting in Tier 4 admission and detention under the Mental Health Act 1983. 

The service is developing an effective model of intervention that is embedding Relational, Systemic Principals and Trauma Informed Practice along with a broader range of tools and perspectives.   

The Service is committed to working in partnership with children, families and partner agencies to safeguard; understand the broader mental health issues and intervene to address Social Issues impacting on young people's mental health, recovery and development.

We would like forward thinking social work professionals to join our service to safeguard and protect our children and young people in Birmingham  

The work is varied and challenging and encompasses work with children in need to those children in care and everything in between. 

About you…….. 

  • You will be an experienced safeguarding led Senior Practitioner 
  • Ideally you will have a background in child and adolescent complex mental health or have the passion and desire to develop these specialist skills, that can support a culture of             
  • excellence and good practice in an inclusive environment. 
  • You will have a proven track record in safeguarding, and can undertake complex case management and exceptional quality assessments and service delivery in a timely accurate manner, with a relationship based, consistent child centered approach. 
  • Confident to implement and case manage creative social work strategies to provide consistent high service delivery and the best possible outcomes 
  • Forward thinking vision and dynamic in your approach and social work practice  
  • Be prepared to fully safeguard and support the child, young person and their families/carers consistently and over sometimes a long period, be dedicated to improving their lives 
  • Be an effective team player, to be able to mentor and support newly qualified social workers, students and family support workers.
  • Be able to Drive/have access to a vehicle
  • You will be supportive in your approach and promote a strong team environment with a mixed ability social work team and be able to adeptly cover your Team Manager during their absence and leave periods. 
  • You will be able to form, develop and maintain strong professional internal and external relationships and engage in multi-agency partnership working with education and health, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills on all levels. 

We can offer you…… 

  • Guaranteed low caseloads, with a maximum of 8 children at any one time 
  • Bespoke training and development package to support high quality practice 
  • Career development opportunities 
  • Fully supportive and stable highly experienced management team with specialist DCSC skills and knowledge 
  • Hybrid remote working model, maximum 2 days per week in office 

About Us…..why we are different as a Trust…. 

We know and understand that being a social worker is hard work and challenging at times, that’s why we reward you with a very attractive employment offer.  

Alongside regular supervision, access to training and shared learning, 24/7 mental health and well-being support, you will receive wider range of financial and holistic benefits available including: 

  • Attractive pension (19.4% employer’s contribution) 
  • Generous annual leave package with 29 days leave plus bank holidays, rising to 32 days after 5 years service and 35 days after 10 years service
  • £1000 ‘Golden hello’ welcome payment
  • £5000 per year Retention payment from day 1 of joining 
  • Up to £8000 Relocation payment
  • Car Leasing Scheme 

To find out more click Here 

If you would like to be part of our passionate and dedicated social work team and are committed to continuous improvement, then don’t hesitate and apply today. 

For informal enquiries or more information about this role and the new team, please contact Ascent team Manager David Darcy  Email

Virtual interviews will take place to be confirmed.


There has never been a more exciting time to join Birmingham Children’s Trust as we celebrate our GOOD Ofsted status which we are immensely proud of. Birmingham Children’s Trust is going from strength to strength.

At Birmingham Children’s Trust we aim to be one dedicated team with a single unwavering focus – to improve the outcomes for children, young people and families in Birmingham. 

We recognise that to achieve this we need the best, most talented, innovative and committed people to join us.

You will be part of a diverse and vibrant community of social work and support service professionals who are outcomes focussed and operate with a strong team ethos.

Being part of that team has responsibilities too; we want everyone, no matter what their role in the Trust, to bring their best self to work every day, to engage with the day to day challenges positively and to be supportive of and trust in each other.

We care about our people and that’s what will make us an Employer of Choice for social workers, children’s services and associated support services.

Company info
0121 464 1560
1 Lancaster Circus
West Midlands
B4 7DJ

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