PORTSMOUTH CITY COUNCIL
ADULT SERVICES FAMILY SAFEGUARDING TEAM
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 have recruited to some of our posts but we still have the following vacancies:
- 2514-3377 - 3 x Adult Mental Health Social Work Practitioners (QSW Band 8 - 10)
Applications are also welcome from qualified nurses with mental health experience.
- 2515-3378 - 2 x Adult Recovery Worker - Substance Misuse (Band 7)
(Existing Adult Services staff who are currently working for an existing Portsmouth Service (e.g. Portsmouth City Council, Solent NHS Trust, The Society of St. James etc.) are welcome to apply for a 12 month minimum secondment with the agreement of their current line manager.)
We are looking for Adult Services professionals who want 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 any other queries about these roles please contact Amanda Haylock, Service Lead, via email in the first instance at Amanda.email@example.com and leave your name and telephone contact details.
Closing date: 5.00pm, Thursday 14th November.
For further information on the roles, as well as details of how to apply, please visit Portsmouth City Council website.