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Senior Practitioner - Help and Protection

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

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


Our Values are:

About the team we are recruiting to

We value diverse perspectives and experiences and are striving to create a workplace culture that is inclusive, is accepting of all and is free from discrimination and bias.

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 help to achieve their best outcomes.  Children’s Services provides a wide range of statutory and non-statutory duties, from Early Help and Child Protection, 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.

Coventry Children’s Services values a working culture that is relational and restorative in nature. The launch of the Coventry Family Valued Programme in April 2021 enables us to re-think practice in the best interests of children.

Practice is centred around

  • A Child Friendly City
  • Family Led Decision Making
  • The Coventry Way

Coventry City Council Children’s Services will provide you with an environment where social work can flourish, with high support, high challenge and manageable caseloads. 

What is the job role?

Are you ready to take your social work career to the next level? We are thrilled to announce three opportunities for Senior Practitioners to join our Help and Protection area teams,  two on a permanent basis and the other on a 12 month fixed term / secondment basis.   

As a Senior Practitioner/Deputy Team Manager within our Children’s Services Team, you will assume a crucial role in managing and delivering effective and efficient services for children, young people, and their families.

Your responsibilities include providing professional supervision, adhering to Social Work England's code of practice, and contributing to team development. This role involves complex assessments, case management, and collaboration with other agencies to ensure the well-being of service users. Flexibility and commitment to working outside office hours are essential to meet the diverse needs of families.

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?

We are seeking an experienced and dedicated Senior Practitioner/Deputy Team Manager with a comprehensive understanding of relevant legislation, national standards, and departmental policies.

If you are a highly motivated and skilled social worker with a commitment to excellence, we invite you to apply for this challenging and rewarding role within our dynamic Children’s Services Management Team.

For an informal conversation about the roles please contact Hayley Edwards -, Lisa Gunstone - or Sandra Kerr -

As a Council we recognise that our workforce is not representative of the communities that we serve particularly at senior leadership level and therefore welcome applications from candidates who are from a minority-ethnic background, who have a disability or who identify as being from the LGBTQ+ community.

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

Please note The £3000 retention payment will be awarded after 12 months of continuous service in the post, provided the employment commences before March 31, 2024.

About Coventry

Coventry has a proud, innovative and creative spirit that throughout its history has seen communities come together to tackle problems and bring about real social change.

We are cutting-edge, challenging, youthful, vibrant and diverse.

At Coventry we are committed to excellence in everything we do. With around 4800 staff from a range of different backgrounds, our aim is to recruit and develop talented people who will focus on our customers, take responsibility, work together and find better ways of doing things.

To deliver the best services to our residents, we need the best people working for us to make a difference to our communities.

If you join us, we will provide a fantastic rewards and benefits package - to find out more please visit


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