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019/7505/RA - Advanced Practitioner Childrens Social Worker
£37,849 - £42,683
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Advanced Social Work Practitioner Grade I (£38,890 to £43,857) Various hours and locations

Best Practice takes the Best Social Workers: That's why we are committed to keep caseloads low and development opportunities high, so you can achieve outstanding things for children and young people. You will experience low vacancy rates and an exceptionally stable management group which we think reflects our performance as an employer.

We are committed to delivering and maintaining manageable fieldwork caseloads. This will allow you to focus more time on individual cases, mentor the development of others and be more involved in delivering a higher level of service

We are seeking experienced qualified children’s social workers to be appointed at Grade I as Advanced Practitioners. Please state in your personal statement that you are applying for advanced practitioner.

You will be supported by the advanced practitioners group, led by our Principal Social Worker and your passion for working with children will continue through practising at the front line. You will be experienced in child protection work and will be able to demonstrate that you meet the essential criteria on the role profile at Grade I. This includes a relevant post qualifying qualification at 120 H (Graduate Level) credits or 60 Masters Level Credits or equivalence in experience defined as 5 years post qualifying experience, practicing as a registered social worker, at least three of which were worked as a front line statutory social worker in a local authority case holding children’s social work setting.

You can expect to have your learning prioritised. We have maintained a budget for career development and career progression that will allow experienced practitioners to meet the Government’s forthcoming plans for national accreditation. If you feel you are interested in this role but do not have enough experience or the right qualification, please contact us; we have an internal career progression pathway to develop our social workers after an appropriate period of practice, training and qualification.  

You will receive a competitive salary and a generous annual leave entitlement. We are also willing to discuss a variety of options in terms of flexible working, including fixed term contracts.

A pilot relocation package is available for posts at Grade H and I (Social Workers and Advanced Social Work Practitioners) of up to £8000 (terms and conditions apply).  (Pilot may be subject to change).   

Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, is a great place to live and work. Located between Dartmoor National Park, the stunning South Devon Coast and the border with Cornwall, enjoying your work life balance will be a pleasure. We are a progressive local authority with access to the latest technology, operating from a compact site in the centre of our historic city.

If you are passionate about making a difference to the lives of children, young people and families, are committed to continuous professional development and are a qualified or soon to be qualified social worker, we would like to hear from you.  

We have a rolling programme for shortlisting and interviewing directly related to this advertisement.  Interview dates are possible by mutual negotiation after discussion with the Business and Recruitment Manager.   

Please note that we are an Equal Opportunities Employer. All appointments will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check and successful registration Social Work England.

If you are interested in finding out more details, please contact our Social Work Business and Recruitment Manager.   E mail: SWChildren.Staffing@plymouth.gov.uk or telephone: 01752 306886  / 01752 306753 

Alternatively you may contact Recruitment directly on recruit@plymouth.gov.uk

Advanced Social Work Practitioner Grade I (£38,890 to £43,857).

Please note that to be considered for appointment at this grade, you must be an experienced child protection practitioner who can demonstrate that you meet the criteria on the role profile at Grade I. You must also have a relevant post qualifying qualification at 120 H (Graduate Level) credits or 60 Masters Level Credits or equivalence in experience defined as 5 years post qualifying experience, practicing as a registered social worker, at least three of which were worked as a front line statutory social worker in a local authority case holding children’s social work setting.  Where applicants do not meet this criteria we would invite you to discuss this with us before submitting an application.


The role profiles for the career grades are available here:

N870 - Social Worker - role profile



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