Social Worker Children's Services Senior Practitioner

Location Dudley, Dudley, England
Salary £30.34 - £32.84 per hour
we are looking for two Senior Practitioners/Senior Social Workers to join the Court & Care Planning Team at our Corbyn Road location. A mix of both remote and onsite working arrangements in place at present.

Holds and manages a varied caseload reflecting the function of the team in accordance with relevant policies, procedures and legislation.


  • Cases are effectively managed.
  • Outcomes for children and young people are improved.
Identifies and assesses levels of risk and need, and delivers protective or supportive services for children at risk, in need and/or looked after.

  • Demonstrates professional judgement in managing and assessing risk to children.
  • Maintains children in their families where it is safe to do so and delivers preventative interventions.
  • Improves outcomes for children.
Maintains an up-to-date assessment, care plan and reviews for all cases.


  • Assessments care plans and reviews are of a high standard and up-to-date.
Assesses and analyses need, contributing to and implementing plans and reviewing progress against


identified outcomes ensuring that the child’s welfare is paramount throughout.


  • Demonstrates sound professional judgement.
  • Plans are implemented and reviewed to improve outcomes for the child.
  • Analysis is effective in identifying risk and need.
  • All work is child focussed, effective and in line with legislation and practice
Ensures that reports are up to date, of a high quality and submitted according to appropriate timescales.


  • Reports are accurate, up-to-date and produced within agreed timescales. Written English is of a high standard.
Work co-operatively with colleagues and in partnership across agency boundaries.


  • Effective partnership working is in place, producing high quality multi-agency plans.
Attends a range of meetings including child protection case conference meetings and court hearings to represent the local authority.


  • Provides professional expertise at meetings and represents the local authority as required in Court.
  • Develops reflective critical theory and applies this to cases.
Undertakes direct work with children, young people and their families in line with agreed care plans.


  • Direct work undertaken with children and their families in accordance with agreed care plans to improve outcomes for children.
Carries out all work within equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory frameworks.

  • Recognises and values diversity and is sensitive to cultural difference.
  • Adheres to Dudley’s Values and Behaviours Framework.
Carries out statutory obligations in accordance with departmental policy and practice.


  • Statutory obligations of the role are understood and complied with at all times.
Keeps up-to-date and act in accordance with current legislation and departmental practice and initiatives.


  • Accurately interprets and applies relevant policies procedures and initiatives.
  • Applies relevant policies to practice.
Develops/maintains good working relationships with other professionals in all agencies.

  • Positive working relationships are fostered and maintained
  • Effective partnership working and sharing of information.
Maintains accurate, up to date, and relevant case recordings and any other records as specified in departmental guidance and procedures’ and utilising tools such as the Children Case Management (CCM) system as appropriate.


  • Accurate case records are in place in relation to own cases.
  • Systems are utilised and maintained.
  • Data is recorded timely and accurately.
Maintains regular supervision through frequent meetings and briefings in line with the Department’s supervision policy. Contribute to the development of other workers sharing knowledge and skills as appropriate.




  • Receives and participates in supervision in accordance with agreed policy and practice.
  • Shares knowledge and skills with colleagues as appropriate.
  • Uses supervision to reflect and analyse cases and develop professional practice.
Reports changes to risk levels, care plans or children’s circumstances to their supervisor on a regular basis or immediately as required. Seeks advice on appropriate action, developing new risk assessments and care plans as guided by their supervisor


  • Exercises professional judgement when assessing risk and seeks advice as appropriate to safeguard the welfare of children.
  • High quality, evidence-based decisions and analyses are applied.
Contributes through team meetings and organisational events to the development of the service.


  • Makes a positive contribution to team meetings and events.
Maintains and develops up-to-date knowledge and relevant skills through continued learning.


  • Undertakes learning and development opportunities as available, completing courses as advised by your supervisor.
Ensures that expenditure on cases is properly authorised and recorded, in accordance with departmental procedures.


  • Expenditure is appropriately authorised and recorded.