Senior Practitioner | Children’s

Social Care
£28 to £30 Per Hour
East London
Contract Type:

This position is for either a qualified social worker or probation officer only with experience of managing staff.


  1. Lead and manage the allocated staff of Social workers and other staff, ensuring there is a clear focus on purpose and outcomes
  2. Actively manage and supervise staff and the throughput of cases, including managing a case load, and ensure the achievement of the required outcomes: of reducing and preventing youth offending / re-offending; the effective management of risk posed by service users to themselves and others; the effective resettlement, reintegration and rehabilitation of offenders / young people in the Youth Justice system, including strong safeguarding and stability of care to meet the needs of children and families. 
  3. Achieve positive outcomes for children, in partnership with families and professionals, ensuring that children are safeguarded through effective decision making and practice
  4. Ensure Youth, Community and Social Work intervention in the lives of children & families is of a consistently high standard and meets the needs of Tower Hamlets diverse communities
  5. To ensure that all work undertaken in the service is of a consistently high standard, critically reflective, analytical and evidence based, utilising relevant social work / youth offending work tools, knowledge and theory, and meets the needs of Tower Hamlets’ diverse communities.


  1. To manage the team in the Service within the Children’s Social Care to meet the objectives of the organisation, the service, the team and the individual performance plan for the post
  2. To lead and manage the Team to ensure there is a clear sense of purpose, a strong focus on children and families, and a high level of achievement of objectives
  3. To actively participate as a member of the Service Management Team and contribute to operational and strategic management of the Service. Deputise for Manager when required
  4. To manage the team in your service area to agreed national and local standards. This includes ensuring the delivery of the Council’s performance management framework in your agreed management area 
  5. To work effectively within service and multi-agency partnerships and joint management arrangements with other agencies as required
  6. To take responsibility for, and be accountable for, service delivery, including ensuring your team meets Ofsted and other statutory standards, and performance indicators and inspection regimes as required
  7. To contribute to a team development plan for your service area and involve staff appropriately in the planning process
  8. Provide for the appropriate participation of children and carers in service provision and reviews
  9. To communicate as part of an agreed strategy with all relevant staff in your Team area and contribute to the wider communication within the service and directorate
  10. To directly line manage the allocated Social Work and other staff posts within your agreed area, and oversee the social work and other functions in your team, to include exercising judgment on cases, regular evaluations/audits of case files, allocation of cases, and measuring the flow of work. This means in practice having oversight of all cases coming through the team.
  11. To ensure that all staff in your Team area have an annual performance management plan and that these link closely with national and local business, service and team plans. To ensure that all staff have regular and frequent supervision, and regular appraisal in accordance with the organisational supervision & appraisal policies. To implement sickness management procedures.
  12. To implement any on-going strategy for the learning and development of the staff in the team 
  13. To contribute, within your team, to the implementation of workforce and succession planning in your team area, including the recruitment and selection of staff within the team as required
  14. To ensure that the team is outward looking and innovative, and there is a focus on identifying improvements in practice and service delivery
  15. To develop functional expertise in your functional team area, ensuring there is a good awareness of research, policy, legislation and practice development
  16. To undertake statutory social work or other responsibilities as required, holding specific cases as required
  17. To produce and maintain accurate records, reports, presenting them where appropriate to hearings, panels, court and other forums
  18. To plan, monitor and control any delegated budget or cost centre in the agreed team area and contribute to the overall financial process of the service, ensuring allocated resources are managed efficiently and effectively in a way that meets the needs of children and families
  19. To work effectively with the relevant support services e.g.: HR, L&D, Finance, and Legal
  20. To ensure that all management responsibilities are carried out within all of the Council’s agreed policies and procedures 
  21. To ensure that duties are carried out within the agreed scheme of delegation
  22. To actively contribute to, promote and monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the Council’s Equality policies and procedures
  23. To undertake all duties according to the Council’s agreed policies and procedures, standing orders and financial regulations
  24. To work closely with colleagues and external agencies and staff in the team to monitor and audit service quality standards and to apply the principles of Best Value and continuous improvement to the agreed Service area
  25. To implement the Directorate’s agreed IT strategy. To ensure that information technology is used to its fullest potential to provide management information and to inform future service delivery
  26. To ensure that duties are undertaken with due regard and compliance with the Data Protection Act and other legislation
  27. Carry out duties and responsibilities in accordance with the council’s Health and Safety Policy and relevant Health and Safety legislation
  28. Deputise for your manager when required for short-term periods e.g. when your manager is on leave
  29. Carry out all the duties and responsibilities of the role, in accordance with the leadership & management behaviours contained in the LBTH Leadership & Management framework / core values. 
  30. To understand and adhere to HCPC code of practice in all aspects of their work; and to understand and be able to apply the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) in their own and others’ practice.


Knowledge and Skills
  1. Working knowledge of the legislative framework within which Social Care and the Youth Justice Service operates, inclusive of regulation, national guidance and procedures specific to this post.
  2. Thorough understanding of quality assurance an ability to integrate this understanding into practice.
  3. Thorough knowledge and understanding of current professional practice issues in relation to this post.
  4. Knowledge of diverse communities and their needs.
  5. Understanding and experience of managing staff.
  6. High level of IT skills and knowledge of IT systems used in Social Care

Start Date

For more information please contact Sophie on 01992 513777 (Option 3) or by email