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The role of an Advanced Practitioner

As an Advanced Practitioner you will hold a small complex caseload with a focus of driving best practice throughout your team and the wider service. You will be driven by best practice and research, using this in your mentoring and advice to colleagues as well as supporting the training and development of a student social worker.


Hello, my name is Phil James and I’m an Advanced Practitioner in the Gloucester Children’s Assessment Teams.

Alongside working with children, young people and their families, I work with social workers to develop social work practice and ensure good outcomes for children.

I’ve worked for Gloucestershire’s Children’s Services for six years now within a few different teams, including the Safeguarding Children’s board, Participation team and the Quality Assurance Team. Through these roles, I’ve experienced multi-agency working, which has helped me to gain a good understanding of how other teams work and how we can all work well together. I’ve also been lucky enough to work with our Gloucestershire’s Children’s Services Ambassadors, which are young people that have experienced our services at some point in their life and help us to make sure that the voice of children and young people is heard.

Throughout my career here at Gloucestershire’s Children’s Services, I’ve always received great supervision and support from managers and colleagues to develop my career and take up training opportunities.  Sometimes I’ve had a busy workload and been faced with difficult decisions, but I’ve always had support and advice to help with this.  

What I enjoy most about my current role, is the diversity of the children and families I work with in Gloucester.  I live in Bristol, but to me, it’s worth the commute to work at Gloucestershire’s Children’s Services. I often use the journey to and from work to reflect on my day’s work which helps me to relax as I have a very busy personal life.


Advanced Practitioner Forums

Advanced Practitioner forums started in October 2018, with a view to support the development of this role within teams, and to build a community of practice across the county.

Forums are held once a month and use this time to share practice wisdom. In the future, we see the Advanced Practitioners as leading the way with the learning and development of Social Workers within their teams, along with supporting students and ASYEs.

Our vision as part of the Social Work Academy will see the Advanced Practitioners Forums becoming the hub of knowledge and practice sharing.

We will support the Advanced Practitioners to deepen and develop their knowledge and skills by having guest speakers, specialist training, and for Advanced Practitioners to deliver training to their peers on specialist subjects that they are passionate about and what has worked well in practice.


Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) 

Stage 1

Practice educators at this stage will be able to supervise, teach and assess social work degree students up to but not including the final assessment prior to qualification. At this stage they may contribute to the last placement but not take full responsibility for assessment or act as the practice educator on a day-to-day basis.

Stage 2

Practice educators at this stage will be able to supervise, teach and assess social work degree students up to and including the last placement. In effect, these practice educators will have the authority and capability to recommend, on the basis of appropriate evidence, that social work students are fit to practise at the point of qualification.


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