Salary: £33,486 - £44,624
Working Pattern: Full time (37 hours)
Contract Length: Permanent
Location: Horsham or Bognor Regis (Hybrid)
Interview Date: 10th and 11th August 2022
Closing Date: 17th July 2022
The Kinship Care Team offer an assessment and support service to kinship carers (including Connected Persons Foster Carers and Special Guardians), who offer permanence for children who are not able to remain in the care of their birth parents. The Kinship Service brings together assessment and support for kinship carers. We are recruiting for 1 full time Social Worker, to complete the kinship assessments and your role will include completing Special Guardianship Order Assessments for Court and Connected Persons Assessments for Fostering Panel and some Initial Viability Assessments.
You will need to have comprehensive child protection experience to be able to oversee the balance and assessment of risk. You will have a very good understanding of what an excellent assessment looks like and an ability to make good practice decisions in a timely manner.
Experience and Skills
- Able to analyse and interpret complex information and data, prioritise needs and formulate plans for intervention and service provision
- Able to work proactively as a member of the team to make accurate assessments of needs and negotiate and implement effective outcomes
- Able to work in partnership with carers, colleagues and external agencies to deliver an effective service
- Able to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and oral format, including the ability to explain complicated information to a wide range of people and use negotiation and persuasion skills to encourage others to adopt a course of action they may not wish to take
- Able to recognise limits of own accountability and responsibility and seek appropriate support, advice and supervision
- A recognised Social Work qualification or equivalent
- Completion of relevant post qualifying training
- Registration with the relevant professional registration body and maintaining registration with that body
- Knowledge of theoretical Social Work concepts and practices, with demonstrable examples of dealing with a breadth of complex issues and situations, for example, attachment, impact of developmental trauma and child development
- Experience of effective partnership working and forming effective working relationships with individuals and colleagues, focusing on the needs and handling conflict and disagreement
- Experience of effectively coaching and supervising others, acting as practice role model and promoting exemplary practice
- Experience of managing levels of risk within a caseload of complex cases
Rewards and Benefits
In addition to working within a great team and a brilliant opportunity you will receive:
- A competitive salary
- 26 days annual leave + bank holidays
- A generous pension scheme
- Training and development opportunities
- Flexible working
- A range of discounts giving our staff access to hundreds of offers with the opportunity to save over £1,000
- Free access to employee assistance programmes
- Discounted membership at selected local sports and fitness centre
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE03781
For an informal conversation or for further information regarding the role, please contact Bridget McDermott at
To apply, please follow the links below to upload your CV and Cover Letter. In your cover letter please clearly outline your motivations for applying and explaining how you meet the key skills listed in full and experience you can bring to the role (please refer to the key skills as you will be shortlisted on this) ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to Social Worker England registration, HCPC registration, an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check.
West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people.
For information regarding your eligibility to apply for this role under our Disability or Veteran's Guaranteed Interview Scheme, this can be found on our application help page.