Advanced Social Work Practitioner

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Date Posted
10th October 2018
Health & Social Care
Inside IR35
£20 to £25 Per Hour

Job Description


Job Title

Advanced Social Work Practitioner







Post Number



Children’s Services










Family Solutions







Reports To

Lead Officer – Youth Offending Service


Purpose of the Job


Consistent with the Munro principles, the purpose of this role is to ensure high quality and effective social work practice in Dudley.  You will lead and develop the professional practice of team members and other colleagues, and model and facilitate reflective practice.


An exemplary practitioner, you will provide constructive challenges to enhance social work practice, procedures, policies and standards; promote innovation and new ways of working; and support the team manager on day to day issues.


Your role will Improve the quality of work done by social workers, and team members including effective case management, purposeful evidence based interventions, analytical assessments and high quality written work.


The post holder should have, or be willing to develop, specialist knowledge of an area of child care practice, which can be used across the service.  S/he will also represent the service in developing key service provision/local strategic initiatives.


Your role will positively implement the Early Help strategy in partnership with families and other agencies. To ensure that families assessed as needing Early Help receive coordinated and timely help that meets the needs of individual children and families to ensure that every baby, child and young person acquires the social and emotional foundations upon which success depends.


The post holder will support the establishment, development and delivery of this new service and support the management of the day to day delivery of an effective service improving outcomes for children and young people.


Your role is to work proactively and creatively with partners to develop and deliver a ‘Think Family’ based approach ensuring that all services working with the family are coordinated and work effectively together whilst maintaining a focus upon the child / young person.







Specific Accountabilities and Expected Outcomes:


Specific Accountabilities

Expected Outcomes

Lead, mentor, coach and co-work as appropriate with social workers, ASYE, and trainee social workers.

Setting the highest standards and supporting colleagues to reach appropriate decisions, overcoming difficulties and resolving dilemmas.

Contribute to professional supervision environment for  social workers, ASYE, trainees, and students as appropriate 

Provide reflective supervision which will enable colleagues to improve their practice by consolidating their strengths and improving areas for development.

Be involved in the support, supervision and assessment of the ASYE as agreed with the team manager.

Enable rigour and high quality experiences for ASYE candidates.

Lead “continuous quality improvement” and performance management to other team members/colleagues

Working with our quality assurance team to signpost areas for practice development and performance managing colleagues.

Lead the team’s Induction of both new workers and social work students

Ensure new staff have been fully inducted and are clear about their roles and responsibilities.

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

Children, young people and their families are effectively managed on caseloads.

Outcomes for children and young people are improved.

Multi agency SMART family support plans are agreed implemented, monitored and reviewed.

Develop team learning through learning from audits, new policy and new procedure

Provide learning events at least four times per year for social work teams that help to better understand a particular policy, research and/or practice area.

Supporting and advising on complex casework

Using your advanced social work knowledge and skills and extensive experience to support and progress difficult cases through a coherent, evidence based approach.

Work together with professionals to ensure that families have a smooth transition where they need to ‘step up’ or ‘step down’ between services and that the family remain focussed on the needs of the child or young person

The needs of children, young people and their families are met in a timely manner and effectively to improve outcomes and prevent drift and disengagement.

A focus upon the needs and welfare of the child / young person is maintained.

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.

Prioritise the needs of complex families, often assessed with multiple and acute interrelated complex problems, in need of support.

Children, Young people and families receive help in a timely manner responsive to need.

Engage effectively and assertively with families to increase social and emotional capability, build resilience and safely reduce the need for specialist intervention.


Reduce assessed risks and improve  self esteem, attainment and aspiration through education, learning and employment; reduce truancy and school exclusion; reduce antisocial behaviour and crime; develop a healthy lifestyle and improved health; maintain stable homes and sustain tenancies by develop pro social inclusive behaviours.

Promote leading edge and innovative practice as an exemplar of best practice across all tiers of the workforce

Leading by example and demonstrate high quality social work practice and decision-making.

Chair and facilitate planning and review meetings as required by the team manager

Chair meetings as required that result in clear actions and identifies tasks, persons responsible, timescales for completion and how and when progress will be reviewed.

Carry out high quality evidence based Community based, PAMS, Parenting and Risk assessments for families with level 3 and 4 needs in line with the CIN, CP or LAC plan.


Evidence informed decisions enable effective help and support in order to safeguard the welfare of children, young people and their families.

Observations are recorded accurately, critically analyse findings and make recommendations based upon the evidence regarding parenting behaviour and capacity to achieve and sustain change.

Ensures that reports and Court Statements 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.

Plan, review and evaluate social work practice with individual’s families, carers communities and other relevant professionals to fulfil the statutory requirements of children and young people receiving services

To complete these statutory requirements within timescales and to a high standard.

Critically appraise service delivery against care plans

Identify areas of strengths and areas for development and feed these to relevant individuals and to QA team.

Provide direction and development in consistent application of thresholds


Check sample cases to determine consistency of thresholds being applied.  Any discrepancies to be fed back to relevant individuals and QA team.

Ensure quality standards and best practice are applied by the Council and partner agencies, including active intervention to improve standards and practice as necessary.

Keep abreast of the latest quality standards and best practice and provide a system for disseminating and checking these across the Council and partner agencies.

Support Lead Officer in;

  • overseeing and decision making with regard to allocation of cases and workloads
  • ensuring case work is appropriately planned, critically evaluated and reviewed
  • achieving timescales and targets in respect to performance indicators

Improvements in case decision-making and workloads; case work is carried out to a high standard; performance indicators are met.

To be responsible for active decision making on case work which will be reported to the Lead Officer.

A high degree of autonomy and decision making will be expected based on the Advanced Practitioners expertise, experience and knowledge

To make best use of available resources when responding to the needs of children, young people and their families/carers

Good knowledge of available resources that are provided by the Council and partner agencies and can be utilised for service users.

Communicate with the division and across other disciplines and agencies to enable best outcomes for children, young people and their families/carers

A source of expert knowledge and information for council and partner agencies.  Deliver as part of a communication strategy how best outcomes are being achieved.



Key Accountabilities

  • To be accountable for and promote equality, diversity and community cohesion to meet Council, Directorate and Service objectives.  All employees have a responsibility not only for their own behaviour, but also for others regarding equality of opportunity.  Any incident must be reported.
  • To participate in a Performance Review and Development meeting and undertake a plan of training where necessary.  Develop his/her own skills and expertise in a professional manner.
  • In addition to all the responsibilities listed above, all employees must be flexible in their approach and undertake other duties that are commensurate with post holder’s level, wherever they may be, to achieve the objectives of the Directorate.
  • To represent the Council and Directorate in a professional manner meeting the Corporate and Directorate aims.  To comply with Directorate and Corporate policies.
  • If appropriate to be responsible for the recruitment and performance management of designated teams and individuals in accordance with Corporate and Directorate aims and management style.
  • To comply with the council’s financial regulation and standing orders
  • To actively promote Dudley’s commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults at a level appropriate to this group.
  • Employees must comply with health and safety legislation and will be required to comply with the Council’s Health and Safety Policies. All employees must ensure that they take reasonable care of their own health and safety as well as the health and safety of any person that is affected by their actions.
  • To be responsible for adhering to legislative requirements and Council Policies and Procedures including, but not exclusively health & safety, Data Protection and Internet/Email use.



Special Conditions

 This post is subject to the DBS checking process


Driving Licence will be subject to checking with the DVLA.  It is a council requirement to have Business Use Car Insurance and a valid MOT certificate (For cars over 3 years old)



Car Allowance







Person Specification







Criteria (Essential)

Assessment By













Significant demonstrable experience of post qualification experience of working as a social worker in a children and families setting, including experience of court work and lead officer for Section 47 investigations











Qualifications / Training





Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) recognised social work qualification and HCPC   registration





Evidence of PQ and commitment to continuous professional development





Knowledge of current research and evidence informed practice



Enhanced DBS & Police Vetting clearance








Practical Skills





A clear understanding of legislation and regulation in relation to children, young people and their families



Ability to prioritise




Ability to analyse information and make informed decisions



Ability to work under pressure and balance conflicting demands




Ability to communicate in a range of different ways which are appropriate to the service user, other professionals and members of the public



Ability to focus on the needs of the child and place the child at the centre of decision making to improve their outcome



Ability to recognise and challenge discriminatory and oppressive practices



Effective supervisory practices




Ability to evidence continuing high level reflective practice as evidenced in supervision and training contributions



Personal Qualities and Attributes





A Knowledge of Equality & Diversity issues







Creativity and flexibility












Self motivated and positive




Honesty and integrity









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