Qualified Social Worker - Fostering Service

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: SEP20229546

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Full Time, Permanent


£30,095 - £40,578 Per Annum

Closing date

12 October 2022

Qualified Social Worker – Fostering Service

Salary: Main Grade: £30,095 to £32,797 p.a  + recruitment & retention package of £5000 over 6 years,  

Higher Grade: £36,370 – £40,578 p.a. 

1 x 37 hours per week

Please indicate on your application whether you are applying for a main grade or higher grade post

Are you a motivated, enthusiastic, passionate with a ‘can do’ attitude who shares our passion for improving children’s and young people’s lives?

Portsmouth City Council

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Your New Role

We are seeking a qualified and suitably experienced social worker to join our Fostering Service. This is an ideal opportunity to develop specialist knowledge within the fostering sector. You will have the autonomy and responsibility to really make a difference.

We currently have opportunities for a social worker in the following area: 

  • assessment of ‘connected persons’ as both foster carers and Special Guardians.

What you’ll need to succeed

You will be a qualified social worker and be registered with Social Work England.  You will have suitable post qualifying experience in children and families work – experience of working with looked after children and foster carers would be an advantage.   As well as a sound understanding of legislation relating to children, fostering and safeguarding you will have an understanding of models of therapeutic parenting.

What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.

To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the “job profile” and “how to apply” to ensure your application matches the requirements of the role.   Please ensure you refer to the ‘how to apply’ document when you complete your application as there is information in there that you need to include and evidence in your application for this role

Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, 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.