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Advanced Social Work Practitioners Ref: RMBC/18/01090

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Children and Young Peoples Services
Safeguarding Children & Families
Based at:  Riverside House
Salary details: Up to £43,922 (includes basic salary of £40,858 + an annual retention payment of £3,064) & excellent benefits  
Job details: 37 Hours, Full Time, Permanent
Closing date: 25 November 2018
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We have Advanced Practitioner opportunities to work in our Locality, Duty and LAC Services. 

Assessment Centre date – Wednesday 12th December 2018 


Our Children and Young People’s Service are currently recruiting additional Advanced Practitioners, the “practice experts” in a small number of Locality and LAC teams.

Linking to the Principal Social Worker across the whole social care function, they play a key role in the development of other Social Workers and achieving the best possible practice standards for Rotherham children.

Developing learning solutions that enable specialisms in practice, designing and delivering bespoke packages of training; they will create a culture of learning and coaching that provides Social Workers with skills as trainers, mentors and coaches. 

Advanced Practitioners in Rotherham will:

  • have a case-load of no more than 40% of other social workers in the team
  • offer mentoring and development work for other Social Workers, including carrying out observed practice, direct teaching and co-working
  • embed Signs of Safety and Restorative Practice approaches in practice
  • develop their own practice and skills in training, coaching and mentoring and use these in operational teams, working with between six or seven other Social Workers, under supervision of Team Managers
  • lead (with peers) on the practice development agenda across the organisation, as a part of an Advanced Practitioner network led by the Principal Social Worker

Key benefits of working at Rotherham Council’s Children and Young People’s service are:

  • Low case loads
  • Strong support from Managers
  • You will be developed into an excellent practitioner. All Social Care Professionals will be trained extensively in the ‘Signs of Safety’ operating model (15 day programme) and Restorative Practice approaches
  • Early Help provision is strong, which is now reducing the demand for social care and supporting professionals with creative options for service users
  • A new menu of ‘edge of care’ services are being developed, including ‘Intensive Adolescent Response’ and ‘Family Group Conferencing’
  • Investment has been secured to ensure our most challenging young people have access to high quality therapeutic support
  • Looked After Children are prioritised for CAMHS assessment and intervention
  • Career Pathway
  • The opportunity to make a real difference to the children and families in need of care

Now is the time to come and work for Rotherham Council Children and Young People’s Service. Help us achieve our ambition to become outstanding – be part of our improvement journey and the transformational change that we are making. We are committed to making sure that every child makes the best start in life and we are striving to become a child-friendly borough. Rotherham is a great place to live and work.

Our USP is the quality and extent of the 15 day training offer for Signs of Safety, using action research as the tool to embed the learning. We want excellent practitioners to help transform social work practice in Rotherham by generating a movement where excellent practice is the norm, resulting in consistently better outcomes for all our children. These are in accordance with our ambition to become a leading children’s services authority.


We are seeking talented and inspirational professionals who can: 

- Innovate to help re-define children’s services

- Promote a learning and coaching culture

- Develop the skills and practices of our Social Care team to provide an outstanding service to children and young people

- Add value and make the most of available resources

Our vision is for the children and families of Rotherham to routinely experience and describe the services they receive from us, as outstanding and we intend to do that by putting the child first in everything we do.

By working with our Children’s Social Care teams you will play a crucial role in developing their skills and practice and our collective commitment to an ethos of excellence, integrity, trust and transparency. Joining us at a time of change with regard to developing practice model provides you an opportunity to be involved and influence the service design and development of practice in line with methodological approaches.

With new leadership in place and a heartfelt commitment to providing a best practice centre of excellence, you will play a vital role in building on our performance culture - providing direction and support that is rewarding in every sense, for every individual.


Rotherham and the wider South Yorkshire region is a great place to live and a stone’s throw from some of the UK’s finest towns and cities, and is home to some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain. Easy to reach from Sheffield or Leeds, there are plenty of places to see, things to do and property is excellent value for money - all within a 2 hour train journey from London.

If you have any questions regarding these opportunities please email them to: childrenssocialcarejobs@rotherham.gov.uk

Please note, this is a re-advertisement. Previous applicants need not apply.

This post involves working with children and therefore if successful you will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records check at an enhanced level. Further information about the Disclosure Scheme can be found at www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check

Applications from Women, people from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities and Disabled People are welcomed as under-representation currently exists at this level within the organisation. Section 159 of the Equality Act 2010 applies.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.