Senior Practitioner Family Support & CP

Main Duties and Responsibilities
To have experience or a willingness to be trained in and use the Signs of Safety practice model we
use when working with children and families.
To work in a respectful and professional manner with children and families that is focused on
achieving what is in the best interest of the child.
Consistently use the Signs of Safety practice model when assessing risks or worries, what is
working well, and exploring the next steps to improve the outcomes and safety of the children and
young people we serve.
To undertake regular visits to and work creatively with children and young people in order to
develop a good rapport that allows you to obtain the child’s wishes and feelings and to make sure
these inform the work that you do.
To work with children and families in a variety of diverse and complex contexts, such as mental ill
health, disability, substance misuse, domestic abuse, sexual exploitation, radicalisation, poverty,
discrimination, and immigration.
To be able to apply relevant social work theories and research in a way that helps best understand
the lived experiences of children and young people, such as child development, attachment
theory, impact of childhood trauma, and the cycle of grooming and sexual abuse.
To explore contingency plans that utilise the family’s support network as much as possible, even
when exploring other caring arrangements for children.
To recognise the importance of working within existing laws, statutory guidance, and local
safeguarding policies and procedures that govern the work we do.
To be responsible for and manage children’s cases in the respective team or service area they are
placed (ie: children looked after, referral and assessment, etc) in a more autonomous way.
To coordinate and implement plans that are based on updated assessments and address areas of
unmet safety and welfare needs for children.
To represent the local authority in a professional and competent matter, especially when making
representations at court, with families, or with other agencies.
To work within the Council’s policies, procedures, values, and code of conduct at all times and to
reflect these when carrying out professional responsibilities with members of the public.
To regularly review the progress and implementation of children’s plans and update these based
on new assessments or significant changes in the child or family’s circumstances.
To work in partnership with the family network and the wider professional network in order to
provide the best level of support and care for the children and young people you are working with.
To carry out and regularly update assessments of a child’s needs that involve relevant family
members and professionals in order to ensure these are holistic and can identify areas of strength
and unmet need or concern.
To lead or cooperate with any child protection enquiries that are carried out in order to identify
any risks or concerns for a child’s safety or wellbeing.
To work in a non-discriminatory way through recognising and appreciating the differences of
others and raising ones awareness through new learning or networking opportunities with
organisations that help raise awareness of such issues.
To participate in regular supervision with your line manager to review case developments and
critically reflect on the work being undertaken.
To be receptive to hearing challenge that may arise from audits, supervision or feedback from
families, professionals, or managers in order to reflect on one’s practice and identify areas for
Respectfully engages with children and families in a way that seeks their input and involvement in
planning for children and young people, utilising their existing support networks and coordinating
additional support where needed.
To follow and implement the decisions and directions given by managers or decision making
Where there are areas of professional or management disagreement, to utilise established
escalation procedures in order for decisions to have further consideration and seek agreement on
the best way forward.
To help identify and to contribute to any areas of service improvement and delivery.
To hold a caseload of more complex and sensitive cases and deal with them effectively and
efficiently to ensure those children at risk of harm are protected where necessary.
To chair meetings such as core groups, child in need reviews, and care planning reviews to ensure
care and support plans are in the best interest of the child’s safety and wellbeing.
To make recommendations to the manager about the need for legal planning or action to
safeguard a child.
To provide interim cover in the absence of the assistant or team managers, as required.
Any other duties reasonably requested by the manager related to fulfilling the council’s corporate
parenting and safeguarding responsibilities to children and the smooth running of the support
service provided by the team.