Practice Educator 

Hereford, County of Herefordshire
£32,878 - £36, 876 per annum
07 Mar 2019
04 Apr 2019
Contract Type

We want all children in Herefordshire to have the best start in life and grow up healthy, happy and safe within supportive family environments. We want them to have the best possible health, education and opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential.

How do we do this? By having dynamic, dedicated and passionate staff who work in a culture that focuses on what we can achieve with children, what they can achieve themselves and the relationships with families and partners.

Herefordshire’s Children and Families Service are seeking people with a child-centred, strengths based approach to practice and have well tested assessment and report writing skills. You will have practice knowledge of “Working Together” and be familiar with Child Protection policies and procedures.

We offer you a supportive team, flexible working, and access to an individual learning fund of £250 per year in addition to our comprehensive CPD programme.

We are currently looking for

Job Title: Practice Educator 

Directorate: Children’s Wellbeing 

Salary: £32,878 - £36, 876 per annum

Division/Department: Safeguarding and Family Support 

Section/ Location: Social Work Academy 

Grade: HC9

Post No: 22556/22540

Organisational information: 

Responsible to:  Principal Social Worker 

Professionally responsible to: n/a (where appropriate) 

Dimensions: (quantifiable measures relating to the post, such as number of staff managed, number of patients, size of local population, budgets and so on) 
Responsible for
: The post holder does not have line management responsibility for any staff, but will provide reflective supervision to relevant staff 

Key relationships/Functional links with: (main relationships with people inside and outside the organisation that the post holder will come into contact with during the course of their work) 
Internal: Children’s Social Work Managers, Heads of Service, Advanced Practitioners, Social Workers, Family Support Workers 
External: Foster carers, professionals from other agencies, including Health, YOS, Police and Probation, voluntary and independent agencies 

Main Purpose of Job:

This is the main purpose or objective of the job: 
The Practice Educator will take a lead role on the professional development of NQSWs under the ASYE programme and for the early professional development of Social Workers in years 2 and 3 post graduate qualification.  They are responsible for identifying training needs in each cohort, for developing and delivering the development programme as part of the Social Work Academy and ensuring that learning and development needs are effectively met.

Main Responsibilities / Accountabilities / KRA:  

The jobholder will be expected to complete the responsibilities / accountabilities effectively in order to deliver the key objectives of the organisation 

  • To champion professional social work practice within the Council and across the local partnership, and contribute to developments at a regional and national level.
  • To be a lead professional in Practice Education within the service and to act as a consultant to the service; providing expert advice and guidance on practice development
  • To lead on the recruitment and selection of NQSWs in accordance with service need 
  • To develop, co-ordinate and deliver a training plan to meet the requirements of the ASYE programme to all NQSW’s
  • To work in conjunction with Children’s Social Work managers, Principal Social Worker, Quality Assurance manager and Senior Management team to deliver a training programme to ASYE’s that meets the needs and priorities for improvement of Children’s Social Care
  • To provide regular observation of practice and reflective supervision to NQSW and, where requested, Social Workers in years 2 and 3 post qualifying
  • To provide support to NQSW in completing assessments, writing reports, completing direct work and attending court as requested by Children’s Social Work managers.
  • To complete reports assessing evidenced progress of ASYE’s for presentation and consideration by the ASYE panel.
  • To contribute to the embedding of practice standards within the service.
  • To contribute to staff appraisals / development plans as requested by Children’s Social Work managers
  • To lead on specific projects as directed by the Principal Social Worker 
  • To contribute to establishing a rapport and developing a relationship with internal and external training, learning and development providers, including Higher Education Institutions to advise and consult about social work programmes, research opportunities and the exchange of academic and applied learning and practice expertise. 
  • To keep up to date with research, best practice and sector led developments and support social workers and their managers are able to access and utilise Research in Practice, Community Care Inform and other relevant on-line learning tools, applications and other resources to support practice. 
  • To contribute to the creation of a learning environment that provides opportunities for professional challenge, support and reflection to enable social workers, allied practitioners and multi-agency/disciplinary professionals to work effectively together as part of a multi-agency / disciplinary team around the child/family. 
  • To operate in accordance with the Council’s values and adhere to all relevant policies and procedures in the execution of all roles, functions and duties.   
  • To practice in accordance with the HCPC’s profession-specific standards or proficiency and standards of conduct, performance and ethics. 

Job Activities: 
To create and maintain a comprehensive development plan for each cohort of ASYE’s Per intake

To provide an induction programme for all ASYE’s that meets individual and service need Per intake

To deliver training activities as part of that plan Daily 

To regularly review training needs for each ASYE and ensure that their development plan is up-to-date Quarterly

To maintain accurate and concise written records of all supervision and advice given Daily

To provide returns, reports and evidence as necessary to meet internal and external requirements for the ASYE programme Monthly 

To accompany ASYE’s and observe their practice; provide feedback coaching and reflective supervision Weekly

Attend recruitment events for all NQSW Monthly 

Set up and facilitate peer support sessions for the ASYE's Monthly 

Contribute to mid-point and end-point reviews Monthly 

Provide support to mentors, supervisors and line managers as required Monthly 

Attend ASYE panel Per cohort 

Other information:  
Disclosure type:

General information:  The post holder will be required to comply with organisation’s policies and procedures.  
The organisation has a no smoking policy. Staff are not permitted to smoke on any of the organisation’s premises nor in any vehicle used on organisation business. 
Employees have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. It is an essential requirement that staff are aware of the Herefordshire Safeguarding procedures for sharing information about the welfare of any person for whom they have safeguarding concerns. Staff have a duty to ensure they attend training to enable them to recognise the indicators for concerning behaviour and receive safeguarding supervision as appropriate. 
This Job Description covers the main duties and responsibilities of the job and will be subject  to review and amendment, in consultation with the post holder, to meet the changing needs of  the organisation. 
Other activities commensurate with this Job Description may from time to time be undertaken  by the post holder. 

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