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Senior Practitioner - Emergency Duty Service
Location: Swindon
Date: 18 Sep 2020

BBS Recruitment is currently recruiting for an experienced Senior Practitioner – Emergency Duty Service in a temp position for our client in Swindon.

The successful candidate should be a proactive and hardworking individual with a minimum of 2 years prior experience within a role.

Job Purpose:

Provide an essential social work service out of normal office hours through the night-times, weekends and holiday periods, covering a rota of at least 129 hours a week.

Cover Local Authority statutory responsibilities in accordance with the Children Act 1989, the Mental Health Act 1983, and other relevant legislation, responding to urgent situations that cannot wait until the next working day.

Receiving direct contact from the public, professionals and agencies, ensure service users at an unacceptable level of risk are protected and made safe until the next working day. Promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.

Key Accountabilities

• Lead Child Protection investigations within the framework of the Children Act 1989, Multi-Agency Child Protection Procedures and Guidance, to ensure the immediate safety and protection of children.

• Assess and support Children in Need within the framework of the Children Act 1989, Children in Need Procedures and Guidance. Act to immediately promote the welfare of children and families including placing children in foster care.

• As Approved Social Worker assess children and adults under the Mental Health Act 1983 and Codes of Practice. Authorise admission to hospital as an informal or detained patient or form an immediate support plan in the community, assessing the least restrictive alternative and ensuring the patient is not a risk to themselves or others.

• Assess and support vulnerable adults (elderly, learning / physical disabilities) under the NHS and Community Care Act 1990 and linked adult legislation, policies and procedures, to ensure their immediate safety and protection.

• Record all referrals, actions, interventions and recommendations on the service users file to ensure records are effectively maintained and in order to provide up to date and accurate information to assist immediate decisions affecting service delivery.

• Prepare and submit emergency court applications out of office hours and represent Swindon Borough Council in court to safeguard and promote the protection and welfare of children and  vulnerable adults.

• Represent children and vulnerable adults under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act who require an appropriate adult out of office hours, to ensure their welfare and legal rights while held in custody.

• Advise other professionals, agencies and the public out of office hours, particularly in relation to the Children Act 1989 and the Mental Health Act 1983, to ensure the operation of the correct legal framework in relation to the safety and protection of children and vulnerable adults.

Supplementary Accountabilities

• Act as Custodian of the Child Protection Register for enquiries from designated professionals out of office hours, inform and discuss with the designated professionals the content of the relevant child protection data to assist the child protection decision-making process.

• Operate, view and input into several IT applications such as Word, SWIFT, Liquid Logic, to obtain and supply essential information to enhance decision-making and risk assessments for children and vulnerable adults.

• Attend and contribute towards training opportunities, supervision and staff meetings, to gain competencies for working in emergency situations with children and vulnerable adults. This includes an assessed Portfolio for re-approval as an Approved Social Worker.

• Participate in a rota out of office hours, at times working alone, to ensure essential cover is provided for at least 129 hours a week

Knowledge & Experience

Candidates must have substantial knowledge and experience in the following areas of business and will be required to provide evidence of this:

• Ability to work in and manage crisis situations, to prioritise and work effectively alone and as part of a team.

• Ability to assess children and vulnerable adults, form and implement immediate protection and

welfare plans, contributes to short and long term planning processes and problem solve.

• Ability to understand, interpret and provide complex information.

• Ability to use a range of computer applications.

Working Knowledge of:

• The Children’s Act 1989, Foster Placement and Child Care Regulations, the Mental Health Act 1983 and Code of Practice 1999, the NHS and Community Care Act 1990, Disabled and Chronically Sick Persons Act, Police and Criminal Evidence Act, Care Leavers Act, and associated regulations, policies and procedures.

• A thorough working knowledge of child development and protection theories, including the needs of Looked After Children / Children in Need and Child Protection systems.

• A thorough working knowledge of adult assessment frameworks and vulnerable adult protection


• A thorough working knowledge of Mental Health assessment frameworks, models of mental

disorders, treatments and approaches to Social Work interventions.


Diploma in Social Work or BA (Hons) Degree in Social Work or equivalent qualification.

HCPC Registration or recognised social work qualification

Approved Mental Health Professional Social Work Award (post qualifying award 1-5)

Minimum of two years post qualification experience in a child protection or mental health setting.

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Start date: Immediate

Hours per week: 37

If interested apply here or call 01707663777.