Senior Practitioner Referral and Assessment Team

Location Bromley
Salary £41 - £43 per hour
Senior Practitioners required for Referral and Assessment Team. Ideally should be able to start immediately or within a maximum of 2 weeks


  1. To participate in the operational management and delivery of the Family Placement/connected persons Service, with appropriate supervision and support, taking responsibility for recruitment, preparation, assessment, training and support of foster carers/Special Guardians or connected persons foster carers for the Authority.  This may at times require the taking of action to prevent harm to children and families without immediate access to the supervisory officer.
  1. To take lead responsibility for the co-ordination and operation of part of the work of the connected persons team undertake supervision of some workers in the fostering/connected persons section (foster care support worker and/or staff bank social workers undertaking assessments).
  1. To represent the Council as requested in meetings with voluntary agencies, statutory authorities, Governmental bodies and other organisations and deputise for the Group Manager where required.
  1. To have responsibility for planning, implementing and terminating interventions on an individual caseload that will involve:

a) undertaking assessments of prospective and existing carers/Special Guardians to the agreed departmental standards;

b) providing post placement supervision and support to carers and Guardians;

c) undertaking carer/Special Guardian/financial reviews as required by the relevant Regulations and to the agreed standards;

d) ensuring that carers receive the necessary training and support that will enable them to meet the needs of children placed with them.


To take part in the provision of duty rotas.
  1. To participate in regular supervision and the six monthly performance development appraisals in order to ensure effective delivery and to plan personal training and promote professional development.
  1. To attend regular section and service meetings and to contribute to an effective inter-change of information and harmonious working relationships within the section, the family placement service and across the department.
  1. To co-operate with colleagues in other divisions and departments of the Council, in the Health Service and other governmental and voluntary organisations in order to ensure that the needs of children and young people, their families and foster carers and their families are efficiently and effectively assessed and met.
  1. To fulfill all policy and procedural requirements with respect to recording, visits, reviews etc. in connection with family placement work.  To furnish reports as required by courts, by agency panels and as required by departmental policies and procedures.
  1. To undertake appropriate training as required and to maintain an awareness of developments in legislation, guidance and best practice.
  1. To make recommendations with regard to the deployment of resources and to undertake limited delegated responsibility for authorising payments in respect of foster carers and their placements.