Advanced Practitioner (Children in Care)

Date:  28 Apr 2024
Job Location: 


  • Job Title:                            Advanced Practitioner (Children in Care)
  • Job Location:                    Stroud, Cheltenham & Gloucester
  • Salary:                               £45,441 - £48,474 per annum
  • Hours per Week:               37
  • Contract Type:                   Permanent 
  • Closing Date:                     26/05/2024 
  • Job Requisition Number:   8579 
  • Open to Job Share 



We are currently recruiting for Advanced Practitioners to join our Children in Care teams. The teams are based in Cheltenham, Gloucester, and Stroud.


Reward and support


For all your hard work, you will receive the following:

  • between £45,441 - £48,474 per annum subject to experience
  • welcome payment of £4,000*
  • annual retention payment of £2,000*
  • relocation package of £8,000
  • flexible and agile working opportunities
  • 25.5 days annual leave rising to 30.5 days after 5 years continuous service
  • an option to purchase 10 days of additional leave per year (pro rata for part-time staff)
  • family friendly policies and benefits to help support you and your family
  • supportive and positive working environment with regular, robust supervision
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • access to our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) that provides free, confidential, counselling and advice for employees, available 24 hours a day, online and by telephone.
  • an in-house Occupational Health service
  • employee discount scheme
  • cycle to work scheme
  • salary sacrifice green car scheme (T&Cs apply)
  • links to employee networks such as Prism (LGBT+) and the Young Employees Network
  • career development and qualification opportunities
  • access to our Social Work Academy
  • paid SWE registration renewal


Our vision


Right child, right support, right time, every time


Working together to support families and communities to give every child the best chance of a happy and rewarding life, especially those who need more help. 


For those looking for a future in public service and Children’s Social Care in particular, Gloucestershire offers a myriad of opportunities to start or develop your career, supported by a phenomenal Social Work Academy offer, a developing systemic practice methodology, an ambitious leadership team and an award-winning workforce. Our Children’s Services are improving. Our latest Ofsted inspection (February 2022) identified that:


‘Significant progress has been made in many areas of Gloucestershire’s children’s services… significant financial investment and the backing of political leaders, has led to improved services that are now more effective in meeting the needs of children and families’.


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.


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, 5 Social Workers including a NQSW, making up each team’s full complement of staff. We need resilient, driven individuals who will play their part in making our vision for Children’s Services a success. You will be joining an authority with a strong set of values that underpin the work we do: Accountability, Empowerment, Excellence, Integrity and Respect.


About the team


Working in one of our newly formed 0-18 Children in Care teams, you’ll be developing a trusting relationship with a child or young person in care from the making of the legal order right up until they’re 18.  You’ll also be offering your practice knowledge and skills to other members of the team, supporting the team manager to embed learning that enables all of our children and young people to achieve their potential.


About you


As an Advanced Practitioner, 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 for the practice and development of Trainee Social Workers on placement and NQSW within the team.

As well as your experience as a frontline senior social worker, there are some things we require of you to be successfully appointed to this post:

  • Social Work England registration
  • a recognised qualification in Social Work
  • to have passed your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)
  • a full driving licence and willingness to drive
  • DBS clearance

How to apply


For an informal chat about this role, please email  or alternatively please apply before the closing date.


*Please note that welcome payments and retention payments are subject to tax and national insurance deductions


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.