Duration: 3-6 months
Hourly Rate: Up to £28 per hour
The Senior Practitioner (Leaving Care) provides direct support young people who are looked after (LAC) and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) from around age 16 to achieve their aims.
The Senior Practitioner also contributes to team management, supervising the work of personal advisors (approximately three full time equivalent).
The Senior Practitioner has a reduced caseload to provide capacity for their supervisory responsibilities. .
To manage an agreed caseload of young people in compliance with casework objectives, statutory and departmental policy and procedural requirements, consistently maintaining the highest level of professional standards, including undertaking statutory case holding responsibilities for children who are looked after.
To safeguard and promote the welfare of young people, giving due consideration to their race, culture, religion and linguistic background.
Where the child is looked after, to ensure the review and supervision of care arrangements in accordance with statutory regulation and to produce written reports and other documentation for this purpose.
To ensure that procedures for children with safeguarding plans and procedures for young people looked after are consistently applied.
To use relevant Assessment Frameworks and tools in collaboration with the individual to robustly assess their needs and to develop corresponding Pathway Plans setting out clear goals and who is going to provide assistance.
To undertake direct social work responsibilities as an allocated worker to the children and young people assigned, implementing plans and providing assistance and support to help them achieve their aims, using appropriate interventions and casework methods.
To review Plans at no less than six monthly intervals, in collaboration with the individual.
To proactively work as a broker for young people, securing the collaboration of other agencies and individuals.
Ensure the mental, physical and sexual health needs and young people are assessed and met and to assist them in accessing health services as well as local leisure facilities, social networks and other community facilities and links.
Identify accommodation needs and assist young people in securing appropriate accommodation options.
Ensure the educational, training and employment needs of young people are assessed and met. Identify needs and assist young people to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to live independently, including to manage their money.
Ensuring that young people who are seeking asylum, or who have an unresolved immigration status, have good quality legal representation to help them with their applications and to maintain contact with the immigration authorities.
Helping young people with the resettlement process and transition to benefits after they are granted leave to remain in the UK.
To make effective use, as agreed by the Head of Leaving Care, of financial support provided under departmental budgets.
To work as a member of the team and act as duty social worker as required by the Head of Leaving Care and Team Leader Leaving Care.
Desired skills and experience
Experience of providing direct professional social work to young people aged 16 and over, and their families, using a range of interventions.
Experience of applying in practice, the principles of child care legislation relating to child protection, looked after children and the provision of services to children in need.
Strong analytical, and planning skills for assessing, and reviewing children and young people’s needs, and planning packages of care across range of cases; able to explain professional reasoning judgements, and decision making, and of applying this to complex cases.
Experience of direct supervision of colleagues and oversight of casework.
Knowledge and understanding of legislation, statutory frameworks and national policy affecting services for children, young people and families, particularly looked after children and leaving care.
Knowledge of theory and practice of care assessment, planning, detailed knowledge of relevant legislation and its application; acquired through professional qualification in social work plus minimum of 1 year supervised experience in relevant field;
High‐level verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to use different communication styles and techniques to present ideas and influence others.
Strong ICT literacy, including the ability to use multiple databases and quality assure recording.
Ability to demonstrate a high level of determination, personal drive, energy and ambition to achieve challenging targets and improve outcomes.
Ability to organise and prioritise work, managing conflicting work pressures and deadlines.
Commitment to an organisational culture and the development of services that value equality and diversity.