SEND Social Care Practitioner

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£11,910.80 - £12,830.40, Grade 7, 14.8 hours, Temporary
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Job Type
Full Time

We are seeking a SEND Social Care Practitioner to join our Complex Care Needs Team.

When you work with us, you'll literally be working with the best practitioners and leaders in the field.

The Complex Care Needs Team (CCNT) is a team of social workers, child and family workers and SEND practitioners who work to support children, young people and their families who have complex care needs. The role of the team is to assess and support their care needs in collaboration with partner agencies. The team complete assessments of need under the assessment framework. Working under the remit of Child in Need and Child Protection plans. 

The SEND Social Care practitioner is the key professional in gathering social care advice to contribute towards a child or young person’s EHC needs assessment. The SEND Social Care practitioner will support wider social care workers to understand their duties under the SEND Code of Practice, and contribute to the training and development of staff.

The EHCP is a statutory document that must be written in a way that complies with national and local policies and approaches to SEND, in particular the Children and Families Act 2014 and SEND Code of Practice. The SEND Social Care practitioner will identify social care need and provision and identify appropriate outcomes to support children and young people with SEND between the ages of 0-25 years.

SEND Social Care practitioners are professionals in multi-agency work who contribute to and improve outcomes to service users. They will achieve the highest standards of practice in casework and will:

  • Make initial contact with all children and young people and their families following a decision by the Local Authority to carry out an EHC needs assessment. This initial discussion will determine whether a social care assessment is required.
  • Complete assessments of need to provide advice for the EHCP, and where necessary refer to appropriate support services.
  • Improve the outcomes of children and young people with disabilities and complex care needs and their families
  • Ensure that services are delivered in compliance with relevant legislation, local and national policy and guidance.

 So why choose Wakefield's Complex Care Needs Team?

We are an Ofsted GOOD children’s services provider with OUTSTANDING leadership.

Here at Wakefield we know we are improving and are now some way into our improvement journey. We know this because: 

  • We have strong and supportive teams with effective leadership. We have permanent managers who are committed to promoting your development.
  • We provide regular and reflective supervision to enable you to manage your caseload effectively and develop in your practice.
  • We offer competitive pay rates with market supplements for every case holding social worker
  • We have an innovative in-house Learning Academy, which will provide you with high quality and relevant training and development opportunities.
  • We promote career progression to enable you to grow with us.
  • We care about our workers and staff morale is good.
  • Wakefield is a fantastic place to live and work and all of our office basis are in locations with good transport links and parking.

This gives us scope to be creative about how we want to shape our service. We have clear direction of where we want to be and we want you to be a part of this journey.

What I might be doing

  • Within the Complex Care Needs Team you will communicate with families to provide good quality information regarding services and support available to them within the community in which they live.  
  • Working with partners, you will identify what children and their families need to make lasting positive change and develop creative ways of engaging children and their parents/family network.
  • You will have an ability to write high quality reports and assessments and analyse information effectively.

Essential requirements:

  • Full driving licence and use of vehicle for work.
  • Diploma level 3 in child care and / or equivalent qualification or significant experience working in the relevant discipline and be willing to work towards this.
  • Holding an NVQ Level 3 qualification relevant to the work area, including:
    • Children’s Care Learning and Development
    • Certificate in Youth Work practice
    • Health and Social Care.

If you think this is you, apply to join our team. Choose Wakefield.

Why Wakefield Council?

  • We offer a flexible full-time working pattern of 37 hours per week
  • 31 days holidays plus 8 Bank Holidays.
  • Support and access to high-quality training programmes to progress your career to the next level.
  • We are committed to supporting the well-being of our staff. We recognise that resilient teams need good work-life balance as well as supportive leadership.
  • Access to a range of employee support products.
  • Discounted and subsidised public transport (Arriva Bus Annual Travel Ticket, Northern Trains Limited (NTL), MetroCard).
  •  Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
  • Great range of benefits including discounted membership to our excellent leisure facilities with free 12 weeks exercise program, discounts for a range of retail, entertainment, health and leisure providers, cycle to work scheme and many more.

If you would like to know more about the role, the recruitment process or working for Wakefield Council feel free to contact Chris Campbell - Team Manager.

Tel: 01924 302124


To apply please click the Apply Now link below.

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This role expires 26/05/2024.
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