Senior Practitioner - Safeguarding Team

  • Job Reference: AP49
  • Date Posted: 29 April 2024
  • Recruiter: The Social Recruitment Company
  • Location: Twickenham
  • Salary: £38.50 Per Hour
  • Sector: Senior Practitioner
  • Job Type: Contract, Temporary
  • Work Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Samuel Noakes
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Job Description

Our client is looking for a Senior Practitioner to join their Safeguarding Team. The role focuses on supporting children and families under Child Protection and Child in Need plans. Working towards long-term solutions and overseeing cases through legal processes, ensuring the safety and well-being of children. Collaboration with specialist workers and a commitment to the Families First model are key aspects of the approach within this role

About the Role:

As a Senior Practitioner, you'll manage a complex caseload, exercising autonomy in decision-making and case progression. Responsibilities include assessment writing, home visits, care planning, and chairing meetings. You'll also supervise student social workers, support team learning, and occasionally deputise for the Team Leader.


  • Degree-level education with a professional qualification in social work.
  • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant field (e.g., social work, leadership, management).
  • Active registration with Social Work England and a commitment to continuous professional development.

Skills and Experience:

  • Strong analytical and planning skills for assessing and reviewing children's needs.
  • Experience in building partnerships and maintaining relationships across diverse stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of statutory legislation and national policy drivers in children's services.
  • Expertise in child protection investigations, risk management, and caseload management.
  • Proficient in direct work and interventions with children, young people, and parents/carers.


Personal Attributes:

  • Passionate about supporting children and young people to lead safe, happy, and successful lives.
  • Proficient in using digital tools for effective work management.
  • Excellent organisational skills, including time management and multitasking.
  • Ability to work flexibly, collaboratively, and with a solution-focused approach.
  • Determined, driven, and ambitious with a commitment to achieving challenging objectives.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, with a focus on openness and honesty.
  • Motivated to support peers in their reflection, learning, and development.


The role of Senior Practitioner in the Safeguarding Team demands a blend of expertise, empathy, and commitment to achieving positive outcomes for children and families. It requires not only professional qualifications and skills, but also personal attributes aligned with the organisation's vision and values.