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Children's Social Workers - Children Looked After

Posted on Jan 31, 2019 by West Sussex County Council

Horsham, Sussex United Kingdom
Health Care
Immediate Start
£29k - £42.1k Annual
Full-Time

Job title: Children's Social Workers - Children Looked After
Directorate: Children and Family Services
Salary: Grade 9 £29,017 - Grade 11 £42,122 (includes a market supplement of up to £3120) depending on experience
Contract type: Permanent, full-time and part-time
Location: Horsham
Application closing date: 31/01/19 - please do not wait until the closing date to apply, as we will arrange interviews as soon as we receive applications.

This post is eligible for a £15,000 retention payment over 5 years, as part of our new retention initiative.

Can you make a difference to our most vulnerable children?

Here in West Sussex we are changing how we do things and are creating a dedicated Children Looked After service. We are looking to recruit social workers with a passion for making a difference to our children looked after, alongside an interest and experience of the adoption process. With a focus on outcomes based care planning for children, including access to an in-house therapeutic assessment and intervention team, you will enjoy working with young children and/or teenagers to support them to achieve and plan to build their lives as young adults ready to leave care and live independently.

You will be able to build positive working relationships with children and young people, professionals, partner agencies and carers as well as respectfully challenge when appropriate. You will have an excellent understanding of the statutory requirements relating to children looked after and keeping children safe. Signs of Safety is our practice framework and you will be committed to developing your practice using this framework.

What we offer:

  • Small teams of social workers, managed by a Practice Manager and supported by Advanced Practitioners
  • Group supervision and peer learning, supported by the Principle Social Worker
  • A minimum of 5 CPD and training days per year, with access to excellent learning and development provision
  • Posts may be eligible for relocation allowance subject to conditions.

For an informal discussion or further information relating to the role, please contact either Pauline Barratt (Service Lead) at or on

To apply, upload your CV and covering letter explaining what makes you a great Social Worker and the skills you can bring to the role. Please ensure any gaps in employment are covered on your CV.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, HCPC registration, references & health check.

You must be able to travel throughout the county including to locations that are not always accessible by public transport.

For further information about Children's Social Care at West Sussex and to see our staff talk about what it's like to work with us, please see our site

Reference: 620836457