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Managing Practitioner Kinship

Herefordshire Council
10HC £43,421 - £47,420 (plus £5,000 market rate supplement per year £48,421-
Closing date
28 Jul 2024
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About The Role
Job Title: Managing Practitioner Kinship
Contract: Permanent
Salary: 10HC £43,421 - £47,420 (plus £5,000 market rate supplement per year £48,421- £52,420)
Hours: 37 hours per week
Welcome payment £5,000 after 6 months completion in post
Relocation package of up to £10,000 available
Location: Hereford
Closing date: 28/07/2024
Are you passionate about giving children and young people a great start in life?

Are you an experienced social worker? Do you have management or supervisory experience? Maybe you are a Senior Practitioner, or Advanced Practitioner?

Do you have extensive assessment experience and experience of working with foster carers and Special Guardians?  Do you have experience of Private Fostering? Are you good at building relationships with staff and key stakeholders? Are you passionate about children being supported to fulfil their potential, by supporting our Connected Persons Foster Carers, Special Guardians and Private Foster Carers really well?
You will assist the Kinship Team Manager to lead the team to support and develop our staff, carers, special guardians and private foster carers to help our children to be the best that they can be. This is an exciting time to be joining the team - we are an experienced staff group, working together on the development and delivery of a high quality Kinship service.  We have made improvements in a short time and the Managing Practitioner role is an opportunity to be part of this continual improvement.
You will be fully qualified social worker (DipSW, CQSW, CSS or equivalent), with extensive experience in safeguarding work as well as fostering/Kinship care work. You will have a minimum of 5 years’ experience [GS2] in statutory social care. With strong skills and a proven track record in assessment, support and supervision of carers, and supervision of staff you will ultimately be dedicated to improving the lives of children and families within Herefordshire.
The Team Manager, Service Manager and Head of Service will offer hands on support and mentoring in this role. We would be very pleased to receive your application, we are also available for an informal chat please do contact us; Sarah Gray (Kinship Team Manager) at, Jaswinder McAndrew(HoS Fostering) at and 01432 383176  or Adele Odili (Service Manager Fostering) at

Interviews may be held as and when suitable applications are received as this is a rolling advert and the advert will be closed once the position is filled.

We Offer
A competitive salary, generous holiday entitlement, and access to our contributory pension and staff benefits scheme, which includes:

  • Market rate supplement £5,000 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)
  • Career progression: clear pathways to progress
  • Generous Annual Leave: 31 days’ annual leave (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.

About Us
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.
Therefore, we take our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults seriously and expect all of our staff, visitors and volunteers to share in this commitment.
Come to Herefordshire and join the journey.
Herefordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children & young people and vulnerable adults. If you are offered this position, it will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced check and further pre-employment checks.
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.


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