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Are you passionate about supporting care experienced children and young people and working with them and their networks to promote their positive outcomes?

We are looking for an experienced social worker to join the Children in Care Team in Fareham and Gosport District. You will be passionate about providing quality services to children in care, and their families, carers, placement, and networks, delivered within a strength-based approach model. You will thrive in a position working with children to promote their wellbeing, relationships with their families and to achieve the best outcome possible for them.

You will look after a complex caseload of children who are care experienced, in this challenging but hugely rewarding role. Your expertise will span the range of statutory provisions, but particularly you would ideally have experience working with Children in Care and those where Care Proceedings have been initiated. You will work closely with these children and their families to undertake holistic social work assessments to identify risk and need; and work with multi-agency networks to develop and review plans that address and mitigate concerns in a timely manner.

You will be comfortable engaging with a variety of stakeholders and be able to communicate effectively in verbal and written form.

You will be part of a stable, friendly team. You will be required to liaise with health and education professionals to develop support packages for children with complex needs. The ability to understand and navigate multi-agency systems and processes is essential.

Your practical skills as a Social Worker will be supported by a working knowledge of the legislation that governs work with Children, including the Children's Act 1989 as amended, the Children's Act 2002, the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014. A Social Work qualification is essential and prior experience of working with children within care is desirable.

As a team we offer peer support, reflective supervision, mentoring opportunities, and creativity in keeping in touch and supporting each other.

Please note: We are unable to offer overseas candidates this role and therefore it is essential that you already have the right to work in the UK before applying.

What we can offer you:

You will be part of a strong, safe, and supportive team environment, where your contributions are valued and recognized. In addition to an incredibly competitive salary and benefits, we offer extensive training and development opportunities - with 5 CPD days - to enhance your skills and further your career.

Other benefits you will enjoy include:

  • PA support: to provide crucial back-office support to free up your time to focus on professional practice.
  • A thorough and supportive induction: to enable you to feel confident and knowledgeable in your role.
  • Nine-day fortnight: We will provide you with a nine-day fortnight working schedule.
  • Flexible working: As part of our ongoing investment into transforming our social care practice, all of our practitioners are given mobile phones and hybrid devices, affording them the functionality to work flexibly and remotely, with a choice of office locations.
  • Help with relocation: We offer help with relocation of up to £8,500, for qualified social workers who are moving to Hampshire, to help them settle into their new area and new role as quickly and smoothly as possible.
  • Family friendly policies: We offer a full range of family-friendly policies. These include generous maternity, paternity, and adoption entitlements.
  • Health and wellbeing: We provide an array of services, networks, and training to support your health and wellbeing as an employee of Hampshire County Council.
  • Staff discounts: You will have access to a range of discounts on goods and services. These include holidays, insurance, loans, health and fitness, broadband TV and phone, food, and drink, and much more.
  • Annual leave: We offer a generous annual leave entitlement in addition to Bank Holidays. At this grade, you will receive a minimum of 25 days per annum (pro rata) rising to a maximum of 28 days (pro rata) after 5 years' service, plus Bank Holidays.
  • Travel support and discounts: You are able to access a range of travel discounts such as 10% discount on MOTs, a range of cycling discounts with selected retailers and 0% interest loans.
  • Local government pension: All Hampshire County Council employees are eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme.
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