Advanced Practitioner Social Worker

We are currently looking for experienced, committed and innovative social workers to join our FAST teams in Gainsborough and South Holland. We are also looking for people to join our countywide Peri and our Children with Disabilities team.

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Social Care Qualified - Children
G10: 35,745 - 39,880
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Our Children's Services is rated by Ofsted as Outstanding. This is an incredible achievement and something we are extremely proud of as it reflects the quality of social work practice we deliver to the children, young people and families we support across the County.

West Lindsey FastCWDSH FastThe children and families that we work with face a range of challenges, and if you join us, your caseload will be complex but also extremely varied.  Our Social Workers work very effectively with other agencies and services, to improve outcomes for children and ensure that they receive the right help, at the right time from the right person. Our practice model is Signs of Safety and this is underpinned by a commitment to restorative practice, meaning that you will practice in a way where the strengths of the family and their network are honoured, where families are encouraged to develop their own solutions and where plans are child centred with the voice of the child being at the heart.

As an Advanced Practitioner in our service, you will work with the most complex situations, managing high risk plans and undertaking a range of court work, including specialist assessments and interventions. We believe that supporting emotional resilience is always important, but particularly so when you are working with the most complex and challenging of cases.  We will provide you with a good work/life balance and flexibility, monthly formal as well as informal supervision, monthly group learning and team meetings and access to emotional wellbeing support/counselling.  You will be further supported in your work through our excellent training and learning offer, which includes opportunities at PQ level and complimentary access to the Research in Practice online platform.

As well as case holding, our Advanced Practitioners provide mentoring, coaching, support and practice expertise to other less experienced team members inspiring them in their social work career paths.  They also often choose to take up the opportunity we offer to become a Practice Educator for social work students.  If you wish to progress into a manager role, as many of our Advanced Practitioners have done, being appointed to an Advanced Practitioner post with us will absolutely provide you with the development opportunities you need to fulfil your ambition.

We offer a competitive salary £35,745 - £39,880 and a 7% annual retention bonus to Advanced Practitioners in our FAST Teams. We'll also pay for your annual SWE registration.

We understand that being a Children's Social Worker can be a challenging, often emotional but also a very rewarding career.  That's why we'll give you the tools, confidence and knowledge required to take your career to the next level.

We would love to offer you the opportunity to hear more about why working in one of our teams should be the next step in your career. Our current AP's are more than happy to talk about the role and the opportunities working here brings, and we appreciate that you may have questions so please get in touch to find out more by emailing 

Take your next step with us today and use your skills where they matter most.


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Please note all shortlisted candidates will need to verify their eligibility to work in the UK at interview. Tier 2 sponsorship is not available for this post.

An Attraction Supplement of 7% of the starting salary will be applied to appointments made to FAST teams. The supplement applies only to these posts, is time limited and is subject to regular reviews. The payment is not consolidated into your basic salary but is pensionable.


Please be advised that this position may be subject to a criminal record check


All candidates are advised to read the attached job information pack prior to making an application.

On occasion we receive significantly more applications than expected for some vacancies and under such circumstances we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date of the advertisement. We therefore strongly advise you to apply for the role promptly to avoid disappointment should the closing date be brought forward. 

We operate a talent pool scheme whereby candidates who are not successful on this occasion may be considered for a period of up to 3 months for similar positions.

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

We want our workforce to reflect the make-up of the community we serve. Therefore we welcome all applications irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, belief, sexual orientation, age or disability. We consider ourselves to be a family friendly employer, and offer flexible working patterns.

In accordance with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 (Fluency Duty), the ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.

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