Fixed Term Appointment – Possible Secondment Opportunity

We have already made great strides towards achieving our ambition to create and develop excellent social work practice and be Outstanding by 2019.

We are looking for outstanding individuals to join us in our journey towards excellence and who can make a real difference to practice that delivers positive outcomes for our children, young people and families.

You will have opportunities to develop and deliver learning, provide coaching, support student placements, undertake quality assurance and audit.

Contribute positively to the education reform agenda through the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership and to develop specialist areas of practice.

We can offer training that is structured & leading edge together with career and salary progression.  Three of our current vacancies are because of internal promotions.

Here is what we can offer qualified and registered HCPC social workers:

–           Salary commensurate with your experience

–           Personal Development including the opportunity to get involved in research and innovation projects

–           Our newly launched Practice Improvement Programme which will enhance all of our social workers knowledge and competence to grow everyone’s confidence in their practice

–           Discount Scheme for high street names

–           The ability to work flexibly, ensuring service need and personal need are balanced.

–           Plus we continue to look for ways to support our staff both professionally and personally.

As one of the posts will link with our Youth Offending Service experience of working in this context would be highly desirable.

During a recent Ofsted monitoring visit the inspectors indicated where “The impact of significant investment in training for social care staff is beginning to be demonstrated in practice”.

Headline from Community Care:  “Social work practice improving at the Children’s Trust – Ofsted. Inspectors said that the significant investment in training was starting to pay off”

Application deadline 19th February 2017
Job reference 00089
Job location Doncaster
Hours per-week 37
Salary £Up to £41412 depending on experience
  • To provide practice support to front line staff and managers, assist in co-ordination of practice development across the Trust, and implementation of practice development action


  • To strengthen the practice skills and knowledge of front line staff and operational managers by providing on site learning and coaching support around all aspects of operations. Work alongside staff in front line practice and management situations including observations, assessments and written pieces of work and ensure that practice meets national standards and occupational competencies, supporting staff to manage competing deadlines and to disseminate best practice knowledge and


  • To undertake needs analysis of skills and knowledge and liaise with workforce development colleagues to meet identified gaps.


  • To provide social work student placements within child protection settings





  • To take responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.


  • To provide an operational practice and management support service to staff to ensure opportunities for learning and development are integrated into day to day work of teams.


  • To assess performance against core practice standards, using a range of models including sampling/ auditing case files, personal interviews, observations and thematic quality assurance methodology.


  • To assist the Service Improvement Manager in the development, implementation and oversight of audit methods, reporting on findings and recommendations for continuous service improvement.


  • Ensuring that practice is critically evaluated and reviewed, feeding back into individual and team development.
  • To use action plan(s) arising from audit, design tailor made development packages for individuals and teams.
  • To review and appraise the relevance, reliability and integrity of information and the risks to the Trust’s achievements of its objectives and business goals.


  • To develop and implement tailor made programs for priority individuals and groups with identified specialist needs. This will include mentoring staff for a period to ensure they meet and are able to sustain minimum national standards. Providing specialist, expert advice on, child development, child protection, looked after children, disabled children, youth justice and child care


  • To coordinate the input of staff across the Trust including setting up processes to identify and deploy the skills of exceptional staff to support and develop


  • To develop a good ‘practice’ resource bank to include maintaining up to date toolkits, resources and intervention packs for practitioners and managers.


  • To participate in data collection and analysis of quality assurance/audit activity recording into the relevant management information systems in order to capture all necessary inputs, outputs and outcomes for young people and their families and to set up systems for monitoring, reviewing and reporting on the progress against good practice

Must hold Practice Educator Stage 1 qualification and be working towards Stage 2


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