Senior Practitioner, Inspire South West
Working Hours: 37 hours per week, to be worked flexibly between 8am and 8pm as required, Monday to Friday and Term Time only
Location: Throughout Devon
Salary: Between £22,000 and £28,860 per annum (depending on experience) pro rata
Inspire South West is a Community Interest Company which specialises in working with young people and families to achieve lasting change. We are driven by a belief in the potential of every individual and are passionate about inspiring and empowering young people and families to live full and enriching lives.
We believe that:
- Young people thrive, given the right opportunity and skills
- Families want to succeed and want the best for their children
- There are always strengths that can be built on and nurtured
- Families grow and change, given the right support
Our practitioners work using a strengths-based approach which shifts the focus from the negative to the positive and, in doing so, anchors new patterns of insight and behaviour.
We build the team around the young person and their family, working with schools and other agencies to raise aspirations and attainment, and improve well-being.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, experienced and forward-thinking Senior Practitioner to join our Company and support us in achieving our vision. In collaboration with the Founder and CEO, you will effectively manage an agreed complex caseload, identifying and utilising appropriate assessment and evaluation tools to inform packages of support and intervention for children, young people and families, and liaising with schools where required.
More specifically, your day-to-day responsibilities will involve providing a range of support to families, including modifying and sustaining behaviours through interventions such as anger management and social skills development, in providing practical and emotional support during times of crisis, as well as through transition periods, in accessing targeted support where required, and in developing parenting skills. Alongside this tailored support, you will capitalise upon your experience to organise and deliver group and 1:1 advice and support sessions for families, enable access to positive activities for families, and guide them in obtaining the financial support that they’re entitled to.
This is a dynamic role, and you will also provide tailored advice and support to families in identifying and understanding barriers for children and young people to achieve their full potential, as well as supporting them in achieving regular attendance and reduced exclusion, escalating cases where required. Similarly, you will apply persistent and proactive approaches to engage families who may be resistant to using services, and will take a strengths-based and solutions focussed approach to developing resilience, self-esteem and independent action in those you support.
Due to the seniority of your position, you will be expected to provide supervision, guidance and advice to Practitioners, to support them in their service delivery, and to act as the Deputy to the Founder and CEO as and when required. You will be a dynamic, visible and inspirational leader who will oversee the day-to-day management of a team of Practitioners. You will ensure a high standard of wellbeing, attitude and work of Practitioners, children and young people and will support others to deliver bespoke sessions that re-engage children and young people in learning.
As part of this role, you will liaise with schools and partner agencies to achieve the best outcomes for children, young people and families and will be responsible for managing the day to day running of the Inspire South West Hub.
Alongside your client-facing role, it is crucial that you maintain accurate records of cases using our integrated system, complete assessment documents to a high standard, produce excellent professional reports, focus on the achievement of your Key Performance Indicators and seek continuous professional development in your role. It goes without saying that maintaining excellent quality standards and promoting the welfare of our service users are essential elements of this Practitioner position. In addition, you will be expected to contribute to drafting insightful content for our newsletters and social media, to recognise our impact.
Your communication and engagement skills are your strengths, and you will use these to your advantage when listening empathetically and positively engaging children and young people in your role. You will be able to expertly tailor your verbal and non-verbal communication to ensure it is clear and relevant to your audience, and will have an ability to influence within decision-making settings.
Moreover, you will have gained experience within a similar role and, therefore, will have developed skills and knowledge in understanding the developmental needs of children, young people, families and their carers, and will be able to recognise when action is needed to keep service users safe. Coupled with this, you will understand and remain mindful of equality and diversity in achieving positive outcomes, and you will maintain excellent knowledge of the latest research regarding the development of children and young people, and any risks to this.
You will capitalise upon your experience of working with service users through transition periods, to enable you to understand the complexity of relationships, what interventions may be appropriate depending on the circumstances and to anticipate how service users may respond to change. With experience of working in a multi-agency setting with children and young people, you will pride yourself upon working collaboratively to deliver positive outcomes, respecting the views of other stakeholders and resolving conflict. Moreover, having gained experience in supervising more junior members of staff, you will be able to provide thoughtful and tailored advice and guidance to our Practitioners, to support them in their service delivery.
Due to the nature of this role, it will be essential that you are able to assess information and level of risk, and to share this with relevant stakeholders to improve the outcomes for service users. You will have gained experience of working to information sharing procedures and use appropriate methods to achieve the objectives of your role. It goes without saying that promoting the safeguarding of the service users is paramount, and you will understand all legislation which exists within this remit, enabling you to understand when information can be shared and with whom.
In terms of technical qualifications and knowledge, it is essential that you have achieved a minimum grade A – C in English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent), a minimum NVQ level 2 (or equivalent) which is relevant to the role, are competent in using IT packages, including Microsoft Office, and are skilled in professional report writing. It would be desirable for you to have also completed training in Information, Advice and Guidance, as well as mental health awareness.
Due to the nature of the role, an enhanced DBS check is a requirement, as well as the ability and willingness to work flexibly between 8am and 8pm, where required, across the county of Devon to achieve your objectives.
In return, we offer a competitive salary package and ongoing development opportunities. This is an exciting chance to be part of a fulfilling and ambitious organisation with charitable aims and objectives at its core, where you can really make a difference.
If you possess the experience, passion and attitude to make this role a success then we would love to hear from you. Please apply by downloading and completing our application from, which you can find by clicking on 'download job profile', and submitting this when you click apply. For further details you can contact us on 0330 223 5253.
Only completed application forms will be considered.
Closing date: 30th April 2021