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Advanced Practitioner for Children's Social Work Team

Vacancy Details

Location: Duke Street
Category: Grade I £36,876 - £40,760 p/a
Closing Date: 02/07/2020
Date Posted: 03/07/2020
Reference: 003261


Terms and Conditions: Permanent, 37 hours per week

Department: Children’s Services & Education


Strengthening our Service

As one of our Advanced Practitioners, your genuine passion for working directly with children, young people and families across Blackburn with Darwen will be what drives you forward. Your positive ‘can-do’ attitude coupled with your drive and enthusiasm will help you make the difference that strengthens our service and gives you that great source of satisfaction. We believe this is an exciting career opportunity for you that recognises and rewards your experience as a Social Worker and will offer you career progression whilst you contribute to the development of the Social Workers in our service.

The emphasis of this role will be on using the experience you have gained to ensure that the assessments, planning, intervention and subsequent review of these for children and their families are completed to a high standard.  We know your experience will mean you can  demonstrate a knowledge of evidence based approaches and the ability to use these in your practice.

There’s no doubt, in order to make a difference for the children and families in the Borough we serve, we need great people working together to achieve the very best we can.  We are proud of the team spirit engendered right across our service and we know that having supportive colleagues around you is what makes the difference – so we really want to encourage you to join us and become an essential part of our service.

Whilst we are not going to shy away from the fact the work is challenging, it is also really rewarding and you will play such an important role in deciding what happens in our children’s futures – indeed, we just couldn’t do it without you.  So we know you will understand why we want to make sure we get the right people with the right skills, attributes and abilities to join our service.  Our assessment process for prospective candidates is really robust and our Children’s panel representatives play a key part in this.

We are delighted with the outcome of the Ofsted inspection December 2017 which rated us as ‘Good’.

We are based in Duke Street, which is a beautiful purpose built building with open plan office space, flexible seating arrangements, modern kitchen facilities and all the latest technology.  There is also parking on site for a small contribution.


So, what’s in it for you?

Your commitment to your own professional development will be paramount - you will have access to approachable and supportive management who are committed to your ongoing development as we are keen to ensure you continue to develop a wide range of social work practice skills. 

You will also be offered training as a Practice Educator for students who are wishing to progress their Social Work career by completing their placements with Blackburn with Darwen.

We are committed to offering flexible working and ensuring you achieve a good work life balance.  We also offer supportive and directive management and a commitment to a manageable workload.

You will be provided with up to date technology.

It goes without saying that you will be HCPC registered and have a thorough knowledge and experience of legislation, statutory guidance and regulations relating to children in need of support or protection.

You will also need to have experience of safeguarding and court work and at least three years post qualifying experience.

The key requirements document outlines the role in more detail, but we know you will want to find out a little bit more – so we really want you to encourage you to come and have a chat about the role we do, so please feel free to email either or who would be delighted to hear from you.

Find out much more about our Social Work world at:

In addition to your CV, please include supporting information which evidences how you meet the criteria detailed on the key requirements document.   

In order to apply for this vacancy, you must be able to supply the required answers to the following questions:

  • Can you provide evidence that you are registered with Social Work England?
  • Do you have a DiPSW or equivalent qualification?


Contact 1
Contact Name: Jennifer Scott
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Contact 2
Contact Name: Judith Fennell
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