Social Worker – Experienced
Band 8: £32,020 - £34,722 (+ recruitment & retention package of £5000 over 6 years Band 8 only)
Band 9-10: £34,722 - £42,503 Depending on experience
Portsmouth City Council
Portsmouth City Council is committed to keeping the welfare of children and young people paramount, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this goal. We are restorative in all we do, working closely with partnership agencies to provide high challenge and high support, building strong relationships between practitioners and their families.
In Portsmouth we believe social work matters, we continue to invest in our front line staff and services drawing on a wide range of skills, sharing expertise with our partner agencies and valuing development and improving practice. We also have a very established Social Work Academy and a varied training calendar.
Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board safer recruitment procedures. 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.
Your New Role
We are looking for experienced Social Workers to join the Through Care Team 2. The Through Care Team work with Children and Young People Seeking Asylum and Care. The team support them through independence or reunification to their families.
As a Social Worker within the TCT2, you will be carrying out initial assessments, welfare interviews, and age assessments and will be responsible for supporting children and young people up to the age of 25 who are seeking asylum. You will be supporting their claim to asylum, finances, education, employment and housing- overall supporting them to settle into their new lives.
We ensure all our Social Workers are trained to deliver Trauma Informed Model of Care as well as being supported by a therapist to ensure they deliver direct support and help to young people in aid to help them overcome the trauma of their past experiences, this also includes Continuing Bonds, Tree of Life work and an innovative programme-Fast Feet Forward. Training will also be provided for carrying our Age Assessments and Motivational Interviewing.
What you’ll need to succeed
The Through Care Team 2 are looking for passionate, dedicated and curious Social Workers who equally enjoy the challenge and the rewards which come with working with young people.
You will have a diploma or degree in Social Work and be registered with Social Work England.
You will need to be able drive for this post and therefore will need a valid UK driving license
You will be someone who has excellent communication skills and have a working knowledge of the Children's Act 1989 and
Please click on the job profile to have a look at more specific requirements for this role.
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, including flexible working hours, extensive wellbeing support through the Employee Assistance Programme and a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staff development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have childcare 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” to ensure you application matches the requirements of the role.
When completing the application form, please thoroughly tailor your application to the 'Who is the Person' points with the use of examples from your experience or transferable skills and attach this under 'add cover letter'. Please ensure to complete the application in its entirety and add in comments to the Personal Statement section. Applicants will be shortlisted based on their ability to use good examples illustrating what they have done, why they have done it and how they went about it.
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