Practice Consultant

Are you ready to be the difference? If so, then Southampton Children and Learning Services would like you to join us.

With an ambition to become the first Child Friendly city on the south coast, we are passionate about understanding and supporting the needs and dreams of the children in Southampton.  We have launched our Making the Difference practice framework embedded by Systemic Practice and a Children and Learning Services Academy to drive this.  We are now looking for someone with drive, determination, extensive knowledge and experience of current social work practice to support our Destination 22 improvement and transformation journey.   

  • Working within the Quality Assurance Practice Development Team, Practice Consultants hold lead areas to:
  • Champion social work practice standards and contribute to policy development.
  • Offer service insights into practice through audit, other quality assurance activity and children’s feedback.
  • Celebrate good social work and engage practitioners, first line managers and senior leaders in practice discussions and group reflections.
  • Promote the service’s restorative ethos and its application to social work practice.
  • Develop a learning culture for continuous professional development, offering a range of learning activities through internal delivery and commissioning external training providers.
  • Manage the ASYE, student and apprenticeship programmes and other initiatives to attract and develop good quality social workers.
  • Champion well-being, inclusion and diversity.

You will have natural leadership skills and the ability to support a culture of innovation, reflection and learning. Skilled and passionate communication is essential as well as an ability to work alongside colleagues from all areas, including social workers, operational managers, senior managers and other multi-disciplinary colleagues.  

In return, successful applicants will benefit from a leadership team who care about their staff and the children that they work with, a competitive salary, dedicated time for continuous professional development, high quality reflective supervision and an academy that includes an accredited Systemic Practice programme.

If you want to be the best you can be for our children, please come and join us!

We are the difference. Are you? 

Contact details for informal discussion:

If you would like to discuss the post further, please contact Karen Biddle, Principal Social Worker (023 8083 3372) or Chris Talbot, Academy Manager (023 8083 3374/07920210176)

Additional information:

  • This post requires an Enhanced DBS check.
  • For any posts that require a DBS check, if you have lived outside the UK within the last 5 years, you will be required to provide a Certificate of Good Conduct or a police certificate from the country/countries you have resided in. Kindly note that this is at the expense of the candidate, as well as any costs involved for translating into English.
  • Please note the salary quoted is based on full time hours (37 hours per week)
  • The Working Hours for this role are 37 hours per week.
  • Interviews are planned for the 24th November 2021.
  • This role is fixed term until 31st March 2023

To be considered for this post please submit an online application through our website: or click on the 'Apply for this job' button below.

The supporting statement section of the application form must be completed, unless there are specific criteria questions for you to evidence against. Applications are shortlisted against the essential and desirable criteria found within the job description for the post. Please refer to the job description when completing your application form and evidence how you meet the required criteria/questions. A CV on its own will not be considered.

Recruitment contact details: 023 8083 4033 or

To apply for the position please select the 'Apply for this job' button at the bottom of the page.

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