Social Worker - Experienced - Children and Families Service

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: APR20228636

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Full Time, Permanent


£30,095 - £40,578 Per Annum

Closing date

11 October 2022

Social Worker – Experienced

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

 Progression to Higher Grade:  £36,370 – £40,578 p.a.

 Up to 37 hours per week, part-time or full time opportunities are currently available

Please indicate on your application what hours you would be applying for

The salary will be pro rata for part time hours

 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

Are you finishing your ASYE and looking for your next challenge?

We have exciting opportunities for qualified social workers to join Children and Families Directorate in one of our Family Support Safeguarding Teams (geographically based) in Portsmouth City Council.

 The right ‘Higher Grade’ candidate is required to have substantial relevant experience or a ‘Main grade’ social worker who has completed their ASYE preferably in a role in Children and Families, providing interventions with families and safeguarding children. 

The candidate will have an opportunity to be based within one of our Family Support & Safeguarding Teams, to enable there to be a clear focus on the child and their family’s needs.  This will either be working to provide support under Children in Need or in need of protection where necessary or when children have come into the care of Children’s Social Care. You may be involved in working families under Public Law Outline (PLO) or within care proceedings. All of this will be with the support of your manager

You will based within the Portsmouth area either at the Civic Offices or at Cosham Office.  Portsmouth offers a flexible working pattern, including part time opportunities. During any national restrictions this will be a mixture of home based and office based work however within the initial months there will be more of an opportunity to be office based to work alongside colleagues to get to know your team and processes.

As part of our approach we are committed to working with families to repair harm and relationships. We have been recognised by Ofsted as a “Good” Local Authority, working effectively to provide services improving outcomes for children and their families.

We are restorative in our approach, working closely with partner agencies including health, police, education, housing and voluntary agencies to build strong relationships between practitioners and their families. Following on from adoptive a restorative approach to working with families and each other; in 2020 Portsmouth implemented a Portsmouth Model of Family Practice which incorporates a Family Safeguarding Service who work with parents to address any mental health, substance misuse or unhealthy relationship difficulties which may be impacting on their parenting.  Specialist Adult Family Safeguarding Practitioners will be co-located in your teams to offer advice, guidance and interventions. 

As a unitary authority, Portsmouth is able to be flexible and nimble in its strategic and operational delivery to benefit our children and families. Our partner agencies are often co-located alongside social work teams or in the same building which enhances professional relationships.

 What you’ll need to succeed

We seek talented and curious people who want to develop their professional career as a qualified social worker and to champion best practice.

As well as being an excellent communication, you will have a diploma or degree in social work and be registered with Social Work England.  You will have a good working knowledge of theory and legislation including the Children act 89/04 amongst others and be prepared to understand the legislation and guidance which relates to this specialist post.

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.

What next

How to apply: 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.  This is really important or you are likely not to be short listed.  Please ensure you fully read and follow the guidance so you fully demonstrate how you meet the points on the job profile. PLEASE DO NOT JUST SUBMIT A CV.

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.