Senior Practitioner - Social Work Academy
In Coventry, we are working hard to build something special. Children and families are at the heart of everything we do, and we believe they deserve the best outcomes. Children’s Services provides a wide range of statutory and non-statutory duties, from Early Help Services, through to children who are looked after.
The service reflects and responds to the changing needs of children and their families. It works to enable a reflective and flexible approach, with a strong Early Help offer and a real focus on Relationship Based Practice and Signs of Safety, which focuses on intervention and keeping families together.
Children’s Services is proud of its achievements to date and is continuing to ensure children and families remain at the heart of all it does. We will provide you with an environment where social work can flourish, with high support and high challenge.Our Values
It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation.
Our Values are:
What is the job role?
Exciting Opportunity to Lead and Deliver a Social Work Academy (SWA) Offer to Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs)
In Coventry we have created 2 temporary posts, a Team Manager post and a Senior Practitioner post for 12 months, that will deliver a mirror offer of the Social Work Academy to Newly Qualified Social Workers who have recently qualified through the Frontline route, supporting this cohort for the duration of their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) whilst embedded in an operational help and protection team.
The Senior Practitioner will be responsible for contributing to the delivery of the bespoke SWA offer. The post holder will work collaboratively with SWA Team Managers and Senior Practitioners to deliver the learning and development package to this cohort, whilst working with help and protection team managers to support the practice development for this cohort of NQSWs. This will include offering high support, high challenge and setting expectations in practice standards whilst contributing to the completion of ASYE requirements alongside delivering the comprehensive SWA offer across the year.
Successful candidates will be required for a late August start.
An opportunity has arisen for an experienced qualified social worker to work in our Social Work Academy team as a Senior Practitioner.
This is a new post based within our Social Work Academy team due to further investment across Children's Services and within our Academy. With this investment we are investing in our future, investing in talent and a temporary expansion of the Academy offer.
The successful candidate will be expected to possess significant post-qualifying experience and will assist the Team Manager in the development, management and supervision of a team of social workers and Child and Family workers, alongside operational team managers in help and protection.
You will make the most of your social work and specialist experience by supporting a team of Social workers and taking a lead in the development of their practice
This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
It is essential that you bring an experience of working with “Children & Families”, holding complex cases such as CP, CIN, LAC and cases through Care Proceedings and the PLO, provided support and supervision of less experienced staff, and hold a relevant Social Work Qualification.
This is an exciting opportunity to have a “Key Role” in combining direct practice alongside service and professional development.
You will need to be passionate about LEADERSHIP and be a good role model whilst working with Children, Young People and their families.
For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'
Interview date: 12th August 2021Introduction to Coventry City Council
Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;
- Flexible working arrangements
- Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
- Pay progression through multiple increments
- Outstanding local government pension scheme
- Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
- Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
- Vibrant employee networks