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Senior Practitioner - Children with Disabilities

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

About the team we are recruiting to

In Coventry, we are working hard to build something special. Children and families are at the heart of everything we do, and we believe they deserve the best outcomes.  Children’s Services provides a wide range of statutory and non-statutory duties, from Early Help Services, through to children who are looked after.  

The service reflects and responds to the changing needs of children and their families.  It works to enable a reflective and flexible approach, with a strong Early Help offer and a real focus on Relationship Based Practice and Signs of Safety, which focuses on intervention and keeping families together. 

Children’s Services is proud of its achievements to date and is continuing to ensure children and families remain at the heart of all it does.  We will provide you with an environment where social work can flourish, with high support, high challenge and manageable caseloads.  Children’s Services is proud of its workforce, who are committed, dedicated, and work to a high standard. We are seeking other like minded practitioners who would like to join us.  We pride ourselves on building relationships with families and partners and hold respectful practice at the centre of all we do.

Coventry Children’s Services has a specialist Children Disability Team (CDT) which provides support to children and young people up to the age of 18 who have a lifelong learning/physical disability. 

The CDT is passionate about working with children, families and other professionals to achieve the best outcomes for vulnerable children.  The team undertake children and family assessments and works with children in need, children subject to child protection plans and looked after children.  A multi-disciplinary approach is modelled in the team in partnership with both universal and mainstream services to support children, young people and their families.

What is the job role?

This is an excellent opportunity to join the Children with Disabilities Team at Coventry City Council, as a Senior Practitioner,  working 37 hours a week.

CDT is a multi-disciplinary team consisting of social work practitioners, family support workers and an occupational therapist. We provide support to children and young people up to the age of 18 who have a lifelong learning/physical disability  We are passionate about working with children, families and other professionals to achieve the best outcomes for vulnerable children. The team undertakes children and family assessments and works with children in need, children subject to child protection plans and looked after children.  
Roles within CDT offer child centred and dynamic practitioners the opportunity to develop their existing knowledge, skills and experience. Previous experience of working with children and young people who have disabilities is not required as we will provide a high level of support, including learning and development opportunities.

We are looking for a Senior Practitioner who really want to make a difference to families lives, and who wants to work in an environment where social work can really flourish, where caseloads are manageable and where support and development is key. We particularly welcome applications from those from underrepresented backgrounds and all walks of life to give our diverse city the greatest level of support it deserves.

You will work closely with professionals from a range of agencies including health, education, police and youth offending services in order to improve lived experiences for Children and their families.

We want you to bring your ideas and suggestions to drive our journey of improvement and put Coventry on the map for delivering more positive outcomes. You’ll be joining a great team of people who are passionate about the city, its people and its exciting prospects.

You will be the allocated worker for a manageable number of children who have complex needs, whilst also providing support to the management function of the team. You will be helping us deliver a strategy that puts children, young people and families, at the beginning, middle and end of everything we do, with all the support and resources you need to do it.

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Who are we looking for?

You will need to have a recognised professional Social Work qualification (MA/BA/BSc in Social Work, Diploma in Social Work or CQSW) and be registered with Social Work England and with substantial experience of achieving good outcomes for children, including those subject to child protection plans, looked after children and Court work.

Our people are at the heart of what we do, and we’re wholly focused on ensuring our social workers have a career for life with us. In return for your hard work and efforts, we offer:

  • A generous holiday allowance of 27 days, rising to 32 after five years of service
  • Time off in lieu and working from home opportunities for you to balance your work and life as well as possible
  • Exceptional levels of support
  • Excellent in house learning and development to ensure that you can operate at your peak
  • Manageable caseloads
  • Great progression schemes to allow your career to reach its highest fulfilment in direct practice
  • Free Parking

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date(s): 18th May 2021

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!

There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.

We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.

As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.

Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

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