Professional Practitioner – Children’s Social Care


Professional Practitioner – Children’s Social Care

Somerset County Council
  • Full Time
  • Salary: £30,451 - £34,728 per annum
  • Closing date: Sunday May 23rd, 2021 11:59pm
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A bit about us

Somerset County Council have an exciting opportunity for a Professional Practitioner position within our Family Intervention Service in Sedgemoor and Taunton. The Family Intervention Service (FIS) is a specialist county-wide service, which offers support and interventions to children, young people, and their families. We deliver a bespoke intervention package working with them at an early stage to help them stay safe and reduce the risks of family breakdown.

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, within a team who are passionate about the work that they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great learning and development opportunities, along with a very supportive leadership team. We’re supporting flexible working arrangements and our offices meet the Covid-19 Secure standards. We’re using risk assessments and where needed, PPE to protect our social workers. Good technology is provided to help you stay connected to your team and manager through virtual meetings, team check-ins and service sessions.

Here’s what you can expect to be doing

You will be part of a strong and ambitious Children’s social care team, where the goal is to support families to ensure children have the best opportunities to grow and develop their potential.

Using a strengths-based approach, our workers ‘get alongside’ families to help them identify what it is they want to change and why, and then build sustainable family plans for change.  We support families along the journey of change and are there to help them celebrate their successes.

You will need to be able to travel to meet the requirements of this post and be available to work evenings and weekends when required.

A few things about you

You will have a proven track record in using appropriate techniques and best practice to make ongoing holistic, professional assessments of allocated children, young people, and their families/carers to reflect individual circumstances. You will be a resilient, engaging, and supportive to ensure that intervention with children and young people is as supportive and effective as possible.

You will be passionate about working with children and young people and be able to quickly build up effective relationships based on trust and respect. You will be passionate about the work you do and proud of your profession. Additionally, you’ll be able to reflect and think creatively about how you can build relationships to make a difference to the children and families that you work with.  You’ll be robust, confident, and resilient in your approach and be able to engage with carers and families many who will have complex needs.

Additional information

The salary range for this role is £30,451 to £34,728 per annum

If this role is customer facing you will need to speak fluent English.

For more information or an informal discussion about this post please contact:

Louise Hull, Sedgemoor FIS Team Leader on 07977400551 – LXHull@somerset.gov.uk

Susie Figg, Taunton FIS Team Leader on 07900 298511 – SLFigg@somerset.gov.uk

Kama McKenzie, FIS Operations Manager on 07811 307245 – KMcKenzie@somerset.gov.uk

Samantha Fahey, FIS Operations Manager on 07977 411298 – SFahey@Somerset.gov.uk

All interviews will be taking place virtually, via Microsoft Teams and will be held on 1st June 2021.

Due to the importance of the role we recommend applying as soon as possible. Depending on the level of response, we anticipate conducting interviews ahead of the closing date.

This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.