Senior Youth and Family Practitioner

Greenwich, London (Greater)
£34.884 - £37.722
30 Mar 2021
18 Apr 2021
Contract Type
Full time

Are you a confident experienced professional who is keen to deliver support to children, young people and families whilst developing exceptional practice in a supportive and creative environment? If so, we want to hear from you.

Royal Greenwich Early Help Division is an exciting place to work.

We are looking for a Senior Youth and Family Practitioner (REC-21-00190) and to provide a high quality, effective and responsive service for children, young people and families with multiple needs with the key goal of helping them to build resilience and achieve and sustain improved outcomes.

You will be a highly skilled and experienced practitioner and be able to work in a systemic model, collaboratively with families, taking responsibility and reflecting on practice with colleagues. You will have the ability to build and sustain relationships with children, young people, parents/carers, families and other professionals and will be able to reflect, challenge and change and/or test your hypothesis in the face of conflicting evidence.

An understanding of effective and impactful practice, child and adolescent development, families and wider systems as well the importance of peer influence and environmental factors is very important in this role.

As a Senior Youth and Family Practitioner (REC-21-00190), you will support the Unit Leader in providing leadership and management of the Unit whilst also working with children, young people and their families to help them achieve and sustain improved outcomes. You will have substantial experience of working intensively with children, young people and families and of delivering a range of evidence-based interventions including to those who are resistant to change or engage.  You will work well under pressure and be able to support others to do so.  You will be an excellent team player but be able to work independently, creatively, and flexibly in order to deliver positive and effective outcomes.

The Early Help Division promotes an organisational learning culture and strives to find innovative ways of engaging and facilitating change with children young people and their families. Our service seeks to actively contribute to organisational learning through recognising, promoting and supporting best practice and service development where required, retaining a clear focus upon positive good outcomes for children, young people and families across the borough. 

If you feel you have the necessary background, experience and skills to undertake this role we would like to hear from you. Please include a supporting statement with your application, addressing how your skills, knowledge and experience would enable you to meet all aspects of the post, as indicated in the job description and person specification.

Please note that this role will require you to work anywhere within the Borough of Greenwich including in family homes, Schools, Children's Centres or other community settings and some out of hours work is also expected.

If you would like further information about this role please contact Amanda Ratcliff, Group Leader on 020 8 921 2715

Five Youth and Family Practitioner roles are also available. Please click here for further details.

Closing Date: Sunday 18th April 2021

The Interview dates for the Senior Youth and Family Practitioner will be Thursday 29th April and will be a Presentation/Test plus interview.

Safer recruitment: Royal Borough of Greenwich is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Any roles which involve working with children, young people or vulnerable adults, or roles in which the duties will involve access to sensitive information relating to children, young people or vulnerable adults, the Royal Borough will take up references prior to interview. You should provide details of referees including your current and previous employers, covering the last 5 years. Candidates can request for us not to send a reference request to their current employer prior to interview by emailing us at As part of our Safer Recruitment Policy, a full employment history is also required for this role. Please provide a full employment history, together with a satisfactory written explanation of any gaps in employment. Unless otherwise stated, a Basic DBS check will be undertaken as part of the pre-employment checks for successful candidates.

Diversity Statement: Royal Borough of Greenwich values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this. We therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community.

High Volume Applications: Royal Borough of Greenwich reserves the right to close any vacancy earlier than the advertised closing date should there be a high volume of applications received.

DBS: This role requires an Enhanced DBS. (This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act,1974)

Advert Close: All vacancies close at midnight unless otherwise stated

Job Share: This role is suitable for Job Share. Please indicate if you would like a job share arrangement on your supporting statement.

Full Employment History: A full employment history is required for this role. Please provide a full employment history, together with a satisfactory written explanation of any gaps in employment.

How Applications are Scored: Each application is scored according to how well the supporting statement addresses each point on the Person Specification for the role. Candidates will be short-listed for interview on the extent to which they meet the specific points within the Person Specification. The Person Specification is supplied with the job advert. When completing your application, please use the supporting statement section to tell us how you meet each of the points on the Person Specification. We need to have this information in order to consider your application. If you have a disability and are unable to meet some of the job requirements specifically because of your disability, please address this in your application. If you meet all the other criteria, you will be shortlisted and we will explore jointly with you if there are ways in which the job can be changed to enable you to meet the requirements.

Interview Arrangements: During this time, our priority for all of our recruitment activity is to make sure our applicants, hiring departments and new starters are informed, safe and supported. Careful and thorough consideration will be given to interview arrangements and for any essential in-person recruitment, we will ensure this is held in a suitable, secure setting with additional arrangements to ensure any current safety requirements are fully adhered to.

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