Advanced Practitioner - Children’s and Adults’ Services

Location Bedford
Salary £32 - £34 per hour
Some case work will be required
ideal candidate will have court experience as well as experience in a supervisory capacity



  1. To carry a workload requiring exemplary practice in situations of high complexity, exercising a degree of autonomy. Regular supervision will be in accordance with the departmental supervision policy.

  1. If required, to provide direct supervision to staff as directed by the Team Manager.

  1. To coach/mentor less experienced team members.

  1. To work within relevant current legislation and the procedural framework of Bedford Borough Council (the Council).

  1. To work collaboratively with service users and their families to assess their needs and plan and deliver services in accordance with the social work team’s service area.

  1. To act as a Practice Educator



  1. Work in partnership with children and families and, through building effective relationships, to elicit their needs and views and promote participation in decision making. Communicate effectively in highly charged, complex or challenging circumstances.

  1. To assist the Team Manager in the supervision responsibilities for Social Workers as and when directed by the Team Manager.
  1. Undertake assessments in accordance with statutory/regulatory and operational standards, policy, and procedures for the service. Maintain and provide expertise in specialist assessment and intervention, acting as a resource to others within the organisation

  1. Plan, implement and review a range of interventions for service users in accordance with statutory/regulatory and operational standards, policy and procedures for the service, promoting use of evidence and theory to support practice in complex and changing circumstances.
  2. Manage a complex workload with a degree of autonomy, developing and maintaining a network of internal and external colleagues, with whom to seek and share advice, expertise and develop practice.

  1. Make pro-active use of supervision to extend effective practice, reflection and   career development and to meet the objectives of Professional Development Reviews.

7,    Provide professional, reflective supervision and support to staff as relevant to the   needs of the team, e.g. staff induction, newly qualified social workers, students.


8.    Apply concepts of holistic assessment of professional capability in contributing to appraisals of staff development.


9.     Participate and lead in project and development work to promote innovation and   excellence.


10.   Maintain accurate, up to date records safely and confidentially in accordance with the Council’s policies and procedures. Contribute to the evaluation and analysis of recording and the use of information systems to inform good practice and maintain a focus on positive outcomes for service users and their families.


11.  Promote and lead engagement with colleagues and a range of organisations to identify, assess, plan for and support the needs of service users in order to promote positive change and independence. Model effective assessment and management of risk in complex situations, including positive risk taking approaches.


12.  Carry out all duties in accordance with the Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy and other policies designed to protect employees and service users from harassment.  It is the duty of the postholder not to act in an oppressive or discriminatory manner towards employees or service users. The postholder should respond to such practice or behaviour by challenging or reporting it.


13.  Meet the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework at the   
  Advanced level, and of registration with the HCPC in respect of practice  
  standards, conduct and professional development.