Advanced Social Work Practitioner
Grade 9 (£40,578 - £44,624)
30th Nov, 2022
Job description

Advanced Social Work Practitioner

Job description

Children’s Mental Health Team


We are looking for experienced Children’s Social Workers to join a new and innovative team specialising in children’s mental health. This is a fantastic opportunity to specialise in this challenging but rewarding area working with some our most vulnerable children and young people in Sheffield.  


It is not easy work, we’ll be honest, but caseloads are protected to enable the Social Workers the space to build relationships and gain trust, using their professional judgement and creativity on the best way to get there. The work is very highly valued and rewarding.


We take care of our workers too by ensuring there is plenty of support available. Peer support in group supervisions where you can share concerns with supportive colleagues and health professionals are a key part of this, along with weekly training sessions and of course a supportive manager. Naturally, we also have an employee assistance programme, offering a range of advice including financial, legal and counselling.


If you are a qualified Social Worker experienced in child protection or from the health sector, then this could be the right job for you. Ideally you will have had some experience in children’s mental health, but we are willing to develop the right candidate.


Find out more about working for Children and Families services here Children and Families Recruitment | Sheffield City Council


What we are looking for:


  • Qualified Social Worker with experience in child protection, safeguarding, risk management and care proceeding or in children’s mental health from the health sector.

  • Experience of working with children and young people who are experiencing complex mental health issues and have experience of working with specialist mental health hospitals is desirable, but training will be provided to the right candidate.

  • Ability to build strong relationships and trust with children and young people in crisis

  • Ability to work under pressure and be part of a close and supportive team

  • Experience of working with children and young people who are disabled is also desirable


Key duties of the role:


  • Support children and young people who have complex mental health issues, both at home, in placements and within specialist mental health hospitals.

  • Ensure that there is a robust safety and care plan in place, that keeps the child/young person at the centre.

  • Develop care plans in collaboration with the family and specialist agencies involved in the case, such as CAMHS, NHS England, Clinical Commissioning Group and specialist hospitals.




  • Learning and development to enhance practice and for career advancement

  • Local government pension scheme

  • Annual leave 25 days per year plus public holidays, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service. Opportunity to purchase an additional 5 days per year leave.

  • Employee assistance programme providing valuable advice on a range of issues such as personal finances, counselling sessions and legal advice.

  • Up to 6 days paid carers leave is available for those with caring responsibility

  • Relocation package up to £7,494 towards costs if you need to relocate

  • Discounts off Vodafone, Westfield Health and Public transport

  • Salary sacrifice car lease scheme and city car club

  • Cycle to work scheme and free eye-sight tests


We are investing in our workforce and are promoting opportunities to our under-represented groups.  We value equality, diversity and inclusion and are focused on increasing the diversity of our workforce, particularly the number of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, Disabled and LGBTQ+ people, so that our teams reflect the communities in the city we serve. We are also supporting staff with unpaid caring responsibilities to work flexibly.

It is a great time to join us and we welcome your application.


Under the Disability Confident Scheme, disabled applicants, who meet the essential criteria of this job, are guaranteed an interview.

Full-time employees work 37 hours for 52 weeks of the year and we offer a generous holiday entitlement. Opportunity to work part time as a 9 day part time We are open to discussions about a flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the Council, including reduced hour contracts, such as 9 day fortnights and 4 days weeks.


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment.  All successful candidates will be required to complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check.

Informal enquiries: [email protected] 

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