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.
The Children, Families & Education Service provide social work/care support and intervention with children, young people and their parents/carers. This includes Children in Need of Support, Protection and Care, including Care Leavers, Children with Disabilities and Young People who offend and/or are at risk of exploitation. The service also provides a range of placement options for children who are in the care of the local authority including foster care and residential care, adoption and other care arrangements with Special Guardians and Connect Persons.
Judged 'Good' by Ofsted in 2018, we are now striving towards becoming an 'Outstanding' service and are committed to promoting a 'think family' approach to safeguarding and reunification in Portsmouth. We want families to bring up their own children, where support may be required to keep families together we want to work with families to do this in the most helpful way possible and when it is necessary for children to come into our care we want to reduce the number of days that this is for and reunify children whenever it is safe and in their best interest to do so. This is why Portsmouth City Council continues to provide significant investment in social work with children, young people and their families to make this a reality. We are working collaboratively with our local Adult Services to build a team of Adult Service's practitioners who will be co-located with our Children's Locality Social Work Teams to focus on tackling the 'trilogy of risk' with parents in order to address their assessed mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse needs and circumstances.
We are embarking on the next stage of our ambitious and innovative 'Stronger Futures 2' strategy to transform the way we deliver the best outcomes with local families, by continuing to improve towards 'outstanding' and achieving financial sustainability. Our strategy focuses on achieving excellent early help, excellent family practice and excellent care.
Your New Role
We are seeking an experienced social worker who understands the value of social work intervention with very vulnerable children and their families. You will be an inspirational, committed and motivated individual who is ready to shape the changing face of social work today raising professional standards by delivering and developing an expert service.
As Service Leader you will lead a service of team leaders and social workers managing Children in Need, Child Protection and work in public law outline including Looked After Children. You will ensure all team requirements are met regarding Workforce development, performance management, compliance with statutory guidance and local policies and procedures, Quality improvements and budget management.
What you'll need to succeed
With a social work qualification you will be Social Work England registered as well as being a confident and competent leader, manager and supervisor. In addition you will have the ability to bring together different disciplines and organisation whilst taking an active role in contributing to the development of an integrated model whilst addressing any challenges that arise as part of the change management process.
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.
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 in improving outcomes for children and young people. 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.