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Senior Practitioner - Family Group Conference Service

Reference: WE-EC11125
Location: Braintree
Salary: £28500 - £44000 per annum
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Social Work / Care / Housing
Date posted: 20/10/2011

Senior Practitioner - Family Group Conference Service - Braintree

Salary up to £44,000 per annum

Bring your expertise and energy to a children's social work service that is focused on excellence and empowerment.

At Essex, we're on a journey to become the best provider of children's services in the country.

We are currently looking for a Senior Practitioner who can lead on complex and difficult cases in our Family Group Conference team. It's a challenging mandate, involving empowering positive change within families, inspiring high standards from Social Workers around you, and shaping practice standards within the service.

Family Group Conference (FGC) provides a flexible countywide service across Essex for children and families where there are issues of need and risk factors. Children and young people may be subject to Child Protection Plans or they may be at the stage where professionals are concerned and legal proceedings are being progressed. An FGC is a decision-making meeting in which a child's parents/carers and/or wider family and friendship networks make a plan about future arrangements for the child, which ensures that his/her safety and wellbeing is promoted. FGCs are intended as a respectful, empowering and preventative process to enable children to be placed within their own family network.

We're looking for individuals who want to take ownership and accountability for transforming the lives of children and families. A professional with substantial post-qualification experience, backed up by PQ1 or equivalent and a detailed knowledge of current legislation, it will be your responsive approach to children and families and bold way of dealing with issues that will identify you as the right person to excel in Essex.

We're in the midst of a 4 year programme to deliver the best quality of life in the country while making the savings that will assure the County's future. Everyone has a role to play in empowering our communities and delivering excellent services.

Apply and discover more about our excellent benefits and diverse careers at

If you would like to find out more information about this role within the Family Group Conference Service, please contact Winston Dorsett Team Manager on 01376 555 415.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

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