Salary: £32,020 - £34,722 plus recruitment & retention package of £5000 over 6 years. Higher Grade: £38,295 - £42,503 p.a. (depending on experience)
Hours: 37 per week
Closing date: 23rd June 2023
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.
The Building Your Futures Team supports children and young people who are looked after in foster care, cared for by connected carers or family, and specialist care. The teamwork alongside a wide range of professionals and multi-agencies to support positive outcomes for the children we care for. The team are positive, friendly, fun and most importantly - aspirational for children and young people's futures. Our team are creative, and child focussed and strive for better outcomes for the children we care for.
This post will involve working with Looked after Children to support through long term fostering or reunification home to their families. In addition to preparing young people to independence prior to them becoming care leavers. This is an exciting and privileged opportunity to support children and young people in their plans for permanence and to prepare them for adulthood.
What you'll need to succeed
You will have a Diploma or Degree in social work and be registered with Social Work England. You will have a good working knowledge of theory and legislation including the Children act 89/04 amongst others.
Be a highly imaginative and creative individual, able to come up with inspirational ideas and at times amazing solutions to the toughest of problems. Want to explore and utilise to the full the immense capabilities of everything around you. Have a 'can do' attitude and lots of confidence and enthusiasm, also have a sense of humour and lots of curiosity.
Be an excellent team player and communicator who is equally comfortable speaking with children and other professionals from external partners and agencies
Be motivated to achieve good outcomes for children and able to demonstrate child focussed practice
Please read the job profile for the full details of this role
What you'll get in return
We really appreciate our employees and fully realise they are essential to our success and look to offer an inclusive, supportive working environment where employees can reach their potentials with a healthy work life balance, offering the following rewards:
• Generous annual leave (27 days per year rising to 31, pro rata for part time hours) with the potential to purchase additional leave
• A fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return
• Flexible working hours.
• Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities including apprenticeships
• Extensive wellbeing support through the Employee Assistance Programme
• Discount on travel, travel loans and the bike loan scheme
• Discounts on a wide range of goods and services – access a range of discounts and offers from thousands of restaurants, shops and more
Staff rewards: https://careers.portsmouth.gov.uk/working-for-the-council/
The full job profile is attached here
Contact Details for an Informal Discussion:
If you have any queries or wish to discuss further, please contact Renee Eddy email@example.com
We are a disability confident employer - committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible and welcome applications from all areas of society
Applicants will be shortlisted based on their ability to use good examples that meet the criteria of this role. Remember to demonstrate why you are suitable against each of the points described in the 'Who is the Person' points on the Job Profile using examples from your experience or transferable skills, this might be through qualifications or descriptive examples from your work / personal experience, which clearly illustrates what you did and the effect it had.
Please ensure you provide your full education history from secondary school, include name/address of establishment, details of relevant qualifications & awarding body.
It is important that you explain any gaps - this is essential for all safeguarding children's roles
We will email applicants from time to time; please ensure you check e-mail folders as sometimes our e-mails may go into spam/junk folders.
We look forward to speaking with you soon.
Should you require any support in completing the application form please contact firstname.lastname@example.org