Calderdale provide a generous annual leave scheme of up to 35 days plus bank holidays for those who have 5 years or more local authority continuous service.

Application deadline 6th December 2021
Job reference CC866
Job location Calderdale
Hours per-week 37 per hours week
Salary £35,745 - £38,890 per annum

The benefits of working for Calderdale Children’s Social Care are that you will be supported to provide the very best service for our children. Quality reflective supervision is provided and there is a strong learning culture within the service. We are committed to maintaining caseloads at an appropriate level, which ensures practitioners are given the opportunities to work effectively and robustly. We value our social work staff and in recognition we offer a retention payment after the first year of employment. You will be given a comprehensive induction program and provided with regular person focused supervision to meet your well-being, training and development needs.

This is an exciting time to join the fostering service this new advanced practitioner role has been created to support the service in prioritising children securing legal permanence through special guardianship. The post holder will be responsible for tracking and monitoring special guardianship applications. They will use their social work experience and knowledge to support families through the assessment process, ensuring the support in place will promote long term stability. The post holder will work closely with allocated social workers, and the special guardianship support practitioners to ensure the quality of support plans and assessments are in line with Calderdale procedures.

The Advanced Practitioner will need to be a self-motivated individual with excellent communication and organisational skills and the ability to take responsibility for the development of specific areas of professional social work practice across the borough including mentoring and supporting newly qualified or less experienced social workers in the team. The post holder will have an understanding of the impact of early trauma and issues affecting children and young people who are unable to live with their birth parents.

This post holder will also be responsible for supervising social work student placements.

Applications will be considered from qualified social workers (BA/DipSW/CQSW or equivalent), registered with Social Work England and who can demonstrate post qualifying experience gained within statutory children and families service.

To arrange an informal discussion please contact: Sadie Mulkeen, Fostering Team Manager, 01422 266020 or

Closing Date: Monday, 6th December 2021

Interview Date: Tuesday 14th December 2021

The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is subject to an Enhanced Level Check with the Disclosure and Barring Service.

We are following social distancing precautions and may utilise digital interview methods.

As part of our Vision ( we aim to be a talented, resilient and inclusive community. We welcome applications from all and offer a variety of flexible working / job share opportunities for both full and part time staff.

All applications are anonymised before being seen by the selection panel.

We reserve the right to close vacancies prior to the advertised closing date, an early submission is advised.

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