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Mental Health Social Work Practitioner

Adult Social Care Jobs, Portsmouth City Council Jobs

Reference: 2964-3638

Job details



Job type

Full time, Permanent


£28,785 - £38,813 p.a. - depending on experience

Closing date

26/02/2020 5:00 pm



Portsmouth Family Safeguarding and Reunification Model

We have an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of developing innovative practice

Following our ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection outcome in September 2018, Portsmouth City Council Children’s Services is now striving to deliver ‘Outstanding’ outcomes for local children, young people and families and are committed to promoting a ‘whole family’ approach to safeguarding and reunification in Portsmouth. We want families to bring up their children to be safe and well, offering support where necessary, in order to prevent the need for care or to reduce the length of care when it is required and to always strive for reunification whenever it is safe and in the child’s best interest to do so. Portsmouth City Council continues to invest in social work services with children, young people and their families in order to make this ambition a reality. We are now embarking on the next stage of our transformation journey to co-locate additional Adult Services with our Children’s Locality Social Work Teams operating across the North, Central and South of the city. The key focus will be to work collaboratively and in partnership with families to tackle the ‘trilogy of risk’. This will require providing specialist advice and guidance, undertaking joint working and direct work with parents to address their assessed mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse needs in order to improve their parenting skills and capacity to make and sustain positive change. There will also need to be in-reach with established Adult Services where additional specialist provision is required.

We are currently looking for a Adult Mental Health Social Work Practitioner (QSW Band 8 – 10)

Applications are also welcome from qualified nurses with mental health experience.

We are looking for an Adult Service professional who wants to embrace our core values to:

  • Be restorative to help keep families together
  • Build strong relationships
  • Deliver a ‘whole family’ approach
  • Use evidence-based direct work skills with families
  • Be part of Team Portsmouth, sharing expertise and problem-solving together
  • Promote conditions that value staff

For further information on the roles, as well as details of how to apply, please click on the links below.

Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, ‘adults at risk’ and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is also committed to promoting quality childcare across the City that works to improve outcomes for children.

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board safer recruitment procedures.

How to apply


Follow the ‘How to apply’ guidance and email your completed application to:


Follow the ‘How to apply’ guidance and send your completed application to:

Recruitment, Portsmouth City Council

Floor 1, Core 5, Civic Offices

Guildhall Square



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