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Senior Practitioner - Long Term Team

Social Care

Children's Services

Oldham Council

Senior Practitioner - Long Term Team
Children's Services
People and Place


Ref: G9/OL-35413

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £38,813 - £42,683 and essential car user allowance provided (Grade 9)

Hours: 36.66 per week

Based: Unit 7-10 Whitney Court, Southlink Business Park, Hamilton Street, Oldham, OL41DB.

Closing Date: Sunday 9th February 2020

Shortlisting: Monday 10th February 2020

Interview Dates: Mondau 17th February 2020


Job Description & Person Specification.doc
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Role Overview:


We have exciting opportunity for a Senior Practitioner to come and join Oldham Council within fieldwork services, for the Long Term Team.


About The Role:

  • You will be an experienced social worker with a high level of skill and knowledge, who models good practice and is passionate about securing good outcomes for children and families.  
  • You will be responsible for a complex case load, which will require you to undertake evidence-based assessments, and implement SMART intervention plans, alongside partner agencies.  A significant part of the role will be committed to practice development activity; mentoring, guiding and developing less experienced social workers, to contribute to a highly skilled and effective workforce.   
  • You will be passionate about outcomes and good quality practice and use both local and national research and innovations to support and encourage others to improve.

Oldham is a great place to work, always striving to ensure we create the best environment for our Social Workers. The Social Work Teams will move into a purposefully redeveloped high quality town centre social work office in February 2020, this will provide the best quality technology and space for social work to flourish.

As a practitioner in Oldham you will benefit for flexible working, good work life balance, high quality supervision and support…and your own desk!

If you would like an informal discussion about the role and find our more about Oldham Children’s Services please contact: Abu Khair, Head of Fieldwork Services on 0161 770 4156 or at



About You:

You will hold a relevant Social Care qualification, be registered with the HCPC and have substantial post-qualifying experience.  You will bring an understanding of related agendas, practices and policies, as well as a thorough knowledge of all associated legislation.   You will also relish the opportunity to contribute positively to the development of fieldwork services, alongside the wider service.  

If you believe you have the skills and knowledge to join us, please read the job description and make an application to join our exciting team in Oldham.



Key Responsibilities:

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the legislative framework and policies in relation to safeguarding children;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, particularly in writing assessments and SMART plans for young people;
  • Proven experience in demonstrating your impact on families in achieving positive outcomes for children and influence the professional networks that you work with;
  • Innovative and positive engagement with children and families in their assessments and SMART plans and a passion for delivery of high-quality services and interventions to vulnerable children in partnership with a wide range of agencies.

Key Requirements:

  • Educated to DIPSW or degree level social work;
  • HCPC registration;
  • Evidence of professional development;
  • The ability to use IT;
  • Substantial post qualification experience in statutory childcare services;
  • Working as part of a team;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Willingness to improve practice of self and others;
  • An enhanced DBS is required.          



About Us:


Oldham is committed to developing a Co-operative future; one where citizens, partners and staff work together to improve the borough.  Anyone joining the council is coming into an ambitious organisation with big plans. We are working hard to build a brighter future for our borough and we need people from a wide range of backgrounds to continue delivering the best for our communities.


The Council has a clear set of Values and Behaviours, our Values outline how we do business and we share these borough wide with our residents, partners and businesses.  Internally we have translated these values into five cooperative behaviours which outline the priority areas of focus for all staff at all levels. You can view the Values and Behaviours on our Greater. Jobs pages Working for Oldham


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Please note that should a vacancy that has been released for internal or external recruitment be deemed suitable for an at risk employee, it can be pulled back at any point up to the post being formally offered to an external candidate or an internal candidate that is not at risk of redundancy. 

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9th Feb 2020

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