Professional Practitioner

Professional Practitioner

Somerset County Council
  • Full Time
  • Salary: £29,636 to £33,799 per annum
  • Closing date: Thursday July 25th, 2019 11:59pm
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Children’s Services, Team 8

37 hours per week
Salary: £29,636 to £33,799 per annum

About Us

Team 8 is an innovative, specialist adolescent service sitting within Somerset Children’s Social Care who work intensively with adolescent children and their family network where destructive behaviours are causing significant challenges.   Using a creative, flexible and assertive approach, Team 8 intervention seeks to help families safely keep their young person at home, rebuild family relationships and move forwards to the best outcomes possible. Where a care episode has taken place, Team 8 can support adolescent children in a return home, seeking to build stability and sustainability in family relationships and prevent a ‘revolving door’ situation developing.  Team 8 workers follow the journey of the child in the system, so may work alongside social workers as a secondary service or hold the case as primary worker themselves where a social worker is no longer needing to be involved. Flexible working is central to Team 8 provision and all staff work to a rota pattern including evenings and weekend day provision plus contribution to the Rapid Response overnight service, which currently works four nights a week.

About the Job

We have an exciting opportunity available in Somerset West and Taunton unit, following promotion of the previous role holder.   Working as a senior staff member, you will be responsible for overseeing duty workers and case holders, plus holding a small caseload of complex families yourself, where you will be expected to act as a beacon of exceptional family work practice.

As one of ten Professional Practitioners within the county wide service, you will be required to act as shift supervisor for early and late turn working (between 7 am and 10 pm seven days a week), offering advice, guidance and support to workers who will often be mobile and out and about in family homes, education or care provisions and the wider community.   As such, clear decision making within an accountable framework is critical, as are excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to know when to escalate risk or safeguarding concerns to managers.     A creative and flexible approach to the role is vital, with the successful post holder able to make accurate and timely assessments of what will be effective in helping family members move on to their best outcomes.

The role holder will be supervised by and report to Senior Professional Team Leader for the service.

About You

We particularly welcome applications from those with previous working experience and skills within relevant fields of work including education, youth work, criminal justice, substance misuse, physical and emotional health and wellbeing and housing.

For more information or an informal discussion about this post please contact Lise Bird, Strategic Manager – Prevention on 07575 795548 or or Samantha Fahey, Operations Manager – Prevention on 07977 411298 or

Additional information
For an informal discussion about this post please contact Samantha Fahey on 07977 411298.

Please note if an internal applicant who is at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment has applied for this role and passed the selection process they will be offered the role over remaining internal and external applicants.

What we’ll offer in return
We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:

  • We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
  • Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
  • Staff discounts in gyms.
  • Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
  • Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
  • A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work, computers, mobile phones and health screenings.
  • My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.

Somerset County Council is subject to Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English will be an essential requirement for customer-facing roles.

Please note if an internal applicant who is at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment has applied for this role and passed the selection process they will be offered the role over remaining internal and external applicants.

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Closing date: 25 July 2019

Job ref: SCC00663SR