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Senior Early Help Practitioner

The Role

Passionate about helping children and families meet their full potential?

Are you committed to improving practice in Early Help?

Can you Lead, Inspire and Encourage practitioners to make a lasting difference for children and families?

If yes, we have the perfect role for you!

We are seeking to appoint a full time dynamic senior practitioner who is passionate about developing best practice for children and families. To further develop the strong leadership for our targeted family and parenting support team.

We are seeking an experienced senior practitioner who can place children at the heart of their practice, who believe that the relationship with children and their families is crucial to their overall improved outcomes. Sound like you? Come and join us!

Our goals and vision

We are all about improving outcomes for children and families. Our approach is ‘Think Family, Think Community’ supporting children and their families within their community to reduce their needs escalating to statutory interventions. Working with the families’ strengths, building their resilience to help them face their challenges.

The Team

You will join an already highly skilled and experienced team of practitioners who are committed to ensuring that children and families reach their full potential. Working closely with colleagues in social care and our community partners to offer the best service to support vulnerable children and families.

The Role

The Senior practitioners will support practice of frontline workers and make effective links with our partners in schools and the community.

You will support a team of staff to deliver interventions by applying the theory relating to adverse childhood experiences, restorative practice, and multi-modal approaches and ensure that a level one programme of activities is designed to develop pro-social relationships, emotional regulation, positive risk taking and resilience.

The successful candidate will ensure that the quality of the work undertaken is of a consistently high standard and that the voice of the family and child are central to all the work that is undertaken.

If you feel you have the experience, skills and passion to be a leader in our service, we would love to hear from you!

Contact details

For an informal discussion, please contact Judith Passley (Early Help Team Manager) on email at Judith.Passley@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk


We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including working from home and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

  • Advert close date: 11:59pm on Sunday 9th October 2022
  • Shortlisting date: week commencing 10th October 2022
  • Interview date/s: week commencing 17th October 2022

Useful Information: The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

Equality Statement

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

How to apply

To be considered for interview your application and supporting statement must highlight your knowledge, skills and experience listed in attached Job Profile located at the bottom of the advert.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils


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