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Gloucestershire County Council

Advanced Practitioner - Disabled Children and Young Persons Service

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South West



£45,441 - £48,474

Posted Date

4 June 2024


Closing Date

23 June 2024

We are currently recruiting for an Advanced Practitioner to join our Disabled Childrens & Young Persons team.

About us

The Disabled Children and Young Persons Social Work Team supports children and young people who are aged 0- 18 years old with significant needs arising from their disability. The team aims to ensure that disabled children and their families have access to a needs led services that promotes resilience, co-production and improves children’s life chances. To do this the team will work with partners to make sure that every child has an accurate assessment of need; with a plan that sets out how support will be delivered, with the aim to improve outcomes. This is an exciting time to join the team as we head into a transformation and expansion of the teams.

About you

As an Advanced Practitioner, you will be instrumental in delivering a first-class service which will provide the best outcomes for the children and young people of Gloucestershire. You will be a resilient, driven individual who can play your part in making our vision for children’s services a reality. Taking on a protected case load, you will work to create the best outcomes for children and young people with complex and challenging needs, risks and circumstances.

You will take a lead in promoting and supporting quality control and improvement activities within the team and across the service and support performance activities. Your role will also include providing supervision and management oversight for the practice and development of Trainee Social Workers on placement and NQSW within the team.

As well as your experience as a frontline social worker, there are some things we require of you to be successfully appointed to this post:

- Social Work England registration
- Experience at Senior Social worker level
- A recognised qualification in Social Work
- To have completed your ASYE year (if you qualified after 2012)
- A full driving licence and willingness to drive
- Enhanced DBS clearance

Our vision

Right child, right support, right time, every time

Working together to support families and communities to give every child the best chance of a happy and rewarding life, especially those who need more help.

We have ambitious improvement and transformation plans to create the optimum conditions within which our staff can make a real difference and improve outcomes for children.

We are a local authority adopting, and training all colleagues in, systemic social work practice. If you would like to join an authority that takes a relational approach to working with families and focuses on what needs to change in the system around a child and family to enable children to thrive, then consider a role with GCC.

Our team structures are designed to ensure there is the right level of support available to staff and that caseloads are kept at a manageable level with a Team Manager, Advanced Practitioner, 4 Social Workers and an ASYE making up each team’s full complement of staff. We need resilient, driven individuals who will play their part in making our vision for Children’s Services a success. You will be joining an authority with a strong set of values that underpin the work we do: Accountability, Empowerment, Excellence, Integrity and Respect.

Reward & Support

For all your hard work. You will receive the following;

- between £45,441 - £48,474 per annum subject to experience
- welcome payement of £4,000*
- annual retention payment of £2,000
- flexible and agile working opportunities
- 25.5 days annual leave rising to 30.5 days after 5 years continuous service
- an option to purchase 10 days of additional leave per year (pro-rata for part-time staff)
- family friendly policies and benefits to help support you and your family
- supportive and positive working environment with regular, robust supervision
- local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
- access to our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) that provides free, confidential, counselling and advice for employees, available 24 hours a day, online and by telephone.
- an in-house Occupational Health service
- employee discount scheme
- cycle to Work scheme
- links to employee networks such as Prism (LGBT+) and the Young Employees Network
- career development and qualification opportunities
- access to our Social Work Academy
- paid SWE registration renewal*

How to apply

For an informal chat about this role, please email or alternatively email

*Please note, all our welcome payments and retention payments are non-contractual, pro-rata for part time staff and subject to National Insurance and tax deductions.

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