Advanced Practitioner – Whole Life Disability

16 March 2023
£41,496 / year

Job Description

The Whole Life Disability Team (North) is looking for a Full time Advanced Practitioner to work on a fixed term contract.

The starting salary is £41,496 (Level 1), rising to £43,516 (Level 2) on first year anniversary, subject to satisfactory completion of a probation period (pro rata for part time).

Job Purpose

The Whole Life Disability Programme supports citizens with physical and learning disabilities from childhood right through to adulthood to ensure a smooth transition between services. The team works closely with Health colleagues to commission and support citizens in a range of services including community support, residential and hospital settings.

Children’s Social Workers work citywide across Nottingham, to provide support to children and young people (and their families) who are identified with a disability. They carry out assessments and reviews and then implement care and support according to their assessed needs and in line with current legislation. Children’s Social Workers can also deal with Safeguarding concerns and work closely with other practitioners and teams on Child Protection plans where necessary.

Advanced Practitioners are expected to have completed their ASYE or equivalent, carry a full and complex caseload, and undertake child protection investigations, acting as the Lead Safeguarding Professional. They will be dedicated, highly experienced social workers with a strong background in children’s services.

The post holder will deliver high quality child care services across a range of Children’s Integrated Service responsibilities to children in need, children in care and their families, carrying a full caseload of the most complex cases. Support and guidance will be provided in line with the Children’s Integrated Services Supervision Policy, and Advanced Practitioners are expected to provide mentoring for less experienced social workers and unqualified colleagues as agreed. 

Essential Requirements

  1. Professional qualification in social work (DipSW, CQSW, CSS etc) and evidence of current Social Work England registration;
  2. Substantial experience as a social care practitioner with children and families across a range of functions including assessment, delivery of Care and Child Protection plans, and Court work;
  3. Thorough knowledge of the Children Act 1989 and related Guidance, other relevant legislation, the Government’s Objectives for Children’s Services, and the Assessment Framework for Children in Need and Working Together to Safeguard Children;
  4. Evidence of a pro-active approach to promoting equality of opportunity for children and young people.