Social Worker - Experienced
Main Grade: £32,020 to £34,722 + recruitment & retention package of £5,000 over 6 years.
Higher Grade: £38,295 - £42,503 p.a.
Salary will be dependent on training and experience. Please indicate on your application whether you are applying for a main grade or higher grade post.
Hours: 37 hours per week, however part time hours may be considered and the salary will be pro rata for part time hours. Please state a preference on your application.
Portsmouth City Council
At Portsmouth City Council we value Social Work and 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 are members of Research in Practice.
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.
Your New Role
This is an exciting opportunity to join a dedicated team of Social Workers. You will be based within one of our Family Support and Safeguarding teams and your role will be to work and provide support for Children in Need or children in need of protection or children who have come into the care of Children's Social Care.
You will be involved working with and supporting families under Public Law Outline (PLO) or within care proceedings. You will be supported in your practice by your service and Team leaders and peers and will be required to ensure you meet standards of the Social Work England.
What you’ll need to succeed
You will have:
Have a Diploma or Degree in social work and be registered with Social Work England (on graduation).
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.
You will need to demonstrate understanding of the issues which relate to children & their families.
The ability to converse at ease with clients and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.
Have excellent accurate written skills, able to write reports and present evidence in a clear and concise way.
Have excellent analytical skills to aid you in your assessment of children's needs.
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.
If applying as a secondment you will need permission from your current line manager releasing you for this secondment. Please state you have this on your application form.
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