Practice Development Lead (Service Based)

Posted 5th Apr, 2024
£51,099 – £54,135
Working arrangements
Contract type
Fixed term
Closing date
22nd Apr, 2024
About the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Lambeth Social Care Academy due to the promotion of the current post holder; we are seeking a Practice Development Lead fixed term / secondment for around 2 years. 

This is a great opportunity to support promoting and embedding excellent practice in Lambeth Children’s Social Care and key partners across the Directorate.  To compliment the current skills, mix within the Academy, we would particularly like to hear from applicants with Early Help and Front Door/Duty experience.

About the role:

PDLs sit within the Lambeth Social Care Academy and report to the Head of Academy/Principal Social Worker and act as agents of change as part of Lambeth’s journey to excellence. They work closely with the service managers to identify and support practice improvement

About you

About you:

Be a successful social work practitioner should have a strong practice background and ideally have demonstrable recent experience in supporting the learning of social workers and other staff, such as students, ASYEs etc. and experience of influencing practice.

Please note to have your application considered you must be currently registered as a Social Worker with Social Work England.

You will be joining a dynamic and ambitious academy which encourages innovation and creativity in how we support the workforce do their best work with children and young people.

About Lambeth

Lambeth – a borough with social and climate justice at its heart. By harnessing the power and pride of our people and partnerships, we will proactively tackle inequalities so that children and young people can have the best start in life and so everyone can feel safe and thrive in a place of opportunity.”

Lambeth 2030 (Borough Plan)

Hear from some of our children and young people on why think Lambeth is the best place to grow up and live!

In Lambeth, we offer our social workers:

  • Hybrid and flexible working arrangements

  • Competitive packages for roles

  • Manageable caseloads – at April 2023 the average Social Worker caseload by service area: Child Protection (13), Court (13), Children Looked After (11)

  • 27 days annual leave (rising to 32 days after 5 years continuous service and 35 days after 10 years continuous service)

  • Flexi-leave and TOIL available to staff

  • Work in one of the best-connected boroughs in London, with travel links that can quickly get you all around London, the South-East and beyond

  • A modern working environment in the Lambeth Civic Centre, recently redesigned optimising the space for post-pandemic flexible working

  • Training and development opportunities tailored around our practice framework

  • A clear career progression pathway into Advanced Practitioner and social work management positions

  • Reflective Practice Groups

  • Local Government Pension Scheme, Cyclescheme and interest free travel loan

  • Investment in learning and development and career pathways as part of the new Lambeth Social Care Academy

  • Smart technology including tablet device rollout for practitioners and hybrid video conferencing in the office