Advanced Practitioner - Assessment (Children's Social Work)

Date:  07-Aug-2022
Job Location: 


  • Job Title:                            Advanced Practitioner - Assessment (Children's Social Work)
  • Job Location:                     Tewkesbury, Cheltenham, Gloucester & Stroud
  • Salary:                               £40,876- £43,857 per annum
  • Hours per Week:               37
  • Contract Type:                   Permanent 
  • Closing Date:                     ongoing 
  • Job Requisition Number:   2680 
  • Open to Job Share or Part- Time Hours



Gloucestershire’s vision is “to give every child the best possible chance of a remarkable life, especially those children who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.”



We are a local authority adopting and training all colleagues in systemic social work practice. If you would like to join an authority that takes a relational approach to working with families and focuses on what needs to change in the system around a child and family to enable children to thrive, then consider a role with GCC.


•Fundamentally repositions the relationship between the Local Authority in the form of the allocated social worker, and the family: families are worked with rather than done to

•Has a liberating effect for families and practitioners: families are no longer pathologised, and practitioners are free from the burden of trying to urge a family to change,

•It supports the idea that there are multiple ways of working with families to make change, and the theory of change is explicit and articulated.


We have ambitious improvement and transformation plans to create the optimum conditions within which our staff can make a real difference and improve outcomes for children.


Team: We have Advanced Practitioner vacancies in our Tewkesbury, Cheltenham, Gloucester & Stroud Assessment teams


Reward & Support: A generous pay and reward programme including:
•    £3,000 Welcome Payment*
•    £2,000 Retention Payment*
•    Up to £8,000 Relocation Package*
•    Flexible working opportunities
•    Employee Benefits Programme
•    Annual Leave entitlement of 24.5 days rising to 29.5 days after 5 years continuous service.


*Please note, all our welcome payments and retention payments are non-contractual, pro-rata for part time staff and subject to National Insurance and tax deductions.


We also offer all children’s social care staff a clearly defined career pathway with support and encouragement from management for individuals to fulfil their potential. Throughout your time at Gloucestershire, you can expect a high level of challenge and support from management.


Our Vision: Committed to building the best, our Children’s Services are on the lookout for a high calibre Advanced Practitioner, with a track record of excellence, commitment and delivery to the highest standards, securing the best outcomes for the children and young people with whom they work.


Our team structures are designed to ensure there is the right level of support available to staff and that caseloads are kept at a manageable level with a Team Manager, Advanced Practitioner, 4 Social workers and an ASYE making up each team’s full complement of staff. 


You will be joining an authority with a strong set of values that underpins the work we do: Accountability, Empowerment, Excellence, Integrity and Respect. For more information about our values, please click here


Your Role: You will be instrumental in delivering a first-class service which will deliver the best outcomes for the children and young people of Gloucestershire. You will be a resilient, driven individual who can play your part in making our vision for children’s services a reality. Taking on a protected case load, you will work to create the best outcomes for children and young people with complex and challenging needs, risks and circumstances. 


You will take a lead in promoting and supporting quality control and improvement activities within the team and across the service and support performance activities within the team. Your role will also include providing supervision and management oversight for the practice and development of Trainee Social Workers on placement and NQSW within the team.

As well as your experience as a frontline social worker, there are some things we require of you to be successfully appointed to this post:
•    A recognised qualification in Social Work
•    Social Work England registration
•    To have passed your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)
•    A full driving licence and willingness to drive
•    DBS clearance


About our Social Work Academy: The Gloucestershire Children’s Services Social Work Academy offers leadership of practice to develop outstanding social workers and social work leaders who effect positive change for children, young people and families in Gloucestershire.  The aim of our Academy is to support workers at all levels, from students and newly qualified social workers to our senior leaders with their professional accreditation responsibilities and career progression options. Our Children’s Services workforce receives the highest quality continuing professional development to make sure we are the best at what we do. For more information on our Social Work Academy, please click here.



If you have any questions about the role, please contact with your name, number and what you wish to discuss.


To ensure a personalised and responsive recruitment experience, all applicants will receive a call from the recruitment team to discuss this role, where you would like to practice and in what area, and to book you in for an interview.




Additional Information

To access the Job Profile for this role, please follow the link below:-

Advanced Practitioner Role Profile


Childrens Recruitment Booklet

This Position is subject to a DBS check. 


Gloucestershire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people or vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We want to be an employer of choice, attracting and retaining excellent people to work for us, so that we can best serve all of Gloucestershire’s diverse communities.  Our promise to you is that we will provide an inclusive and supportive working environment that enables you to bring your whole self to work and realise your full potential.

It is a legal requirement, under the Immigration Act 2016, that anyone appointed to a ‘customer facing role’ must be able to demonstrate an ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in fluent English.