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Senior Parenting Assessor, Children in Need Team

Ref: 25735

Location: Harrow Civic Centre

Directorate: People Services

Contract Type: Permanent

Working Hours: 36 hours

Closing Date: 17/05/2021

Interview Dates: TBC

Salary Range: £43,422 - £46,383 and Market Supplementary payment of £1,500 p.a.


The Children in Need Service is currently seeking a Senior Parenting Assessor to undertake Parenting Assessments and Viability Assessments alongside developing the skills, expertise and knowledge of social workers completing court assessments. The primary role will be to complete high-quality assessments, but it will also include some management of social workers around specific court and PLO tasks across the service (approx. 60 staff). This will include supervising some social workers on assessments required for court, with the responsibility for ensuring that the reports are completed to a high standard.  The Senior Parenting Assessor will also provide consultation, coaching and mentoring within the service.  

The post holder must be able to demonstrate significant experience of writing reports for court incorporating good evidence-informed social work analysis and consistency in meeting court deadlines. The successful applicant will be self-motivated and able to work under pressure. The post holder will have considerable experience in giving oral evidence in court and have a range of knowledge spanning a number of specialised assessment areas including sexual abuse, domestic violence and attachment. The post holder will develop specialist areas of expertise as required such as PAMS assessments and early permanence.

About us

Harrow Council is the 12th largest London borough by and one of the most culturally diverse local authorities in the UK, making it a great place to live, work and visit. Located 10 miles from the city centre and just 13 minutes to Euston from Harrow & Wealdstone station there are great transport links via the Metropolitan Line, Watford DC Line and national rail service. It is easily accessible to the M1, M25 and A406.

About you

In order to allow for independence in assessments, the post holder will be responsible for undertaking assessments while overall case responsibility will be retained by the allocated social worker. The post holder will be line managed by the Care Proceedings Case Manager who is based within the Children in Need Service.

The post holder will join a lively service with staff who are passionate about the work they do to safeguard and support children and young people. Harrow has a strong reputation within the court arena and is at the forefront of developing work within PLO pre-proceedings. You will contribute to driving improvement for some of our most vulnerable children as achieving good outcomes for children is at the heart of all we do. You will be able to support Harrow’s ambition to be an outstanding local authority and build on our strength in children’s social work.

For additional information please refer to the Role Profile/ Selection Criteria.

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Role Profile/Selection Criteria

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