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Now recruiting experienced social workers

Help us keep Hampshire's children safe and protected. Come and join us on the frontline.

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Social workers as good as you should be working in Hampshire

We’re pioneering some changes to social care practice in Hampshire; radically changing the way we work and creating the right conditions to ensure social workers can work flexibly and are given the capacity to provide the level of support and attention that is required for them to make a real difference to the lives of children, young people and their families.

It’s an exciting time to join us as we’re investing £6.5 million in social workers to help drive this change and enable Hampshire social workers to be more agile in their role, leaving them more fulfilled professionally and able to enjoy a good balance between work and home life.

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More freedom to practice

Through our multi-million pound investment programme we are going to get even better at what we do and grow our social work practice to help make working life for social workers easier.

We have introduced more flexible working options to fit around today’s lifestyles. We’re developing support to help them widen their skills and expertise. This includes being able to offer a range of new and innovative training and building in to our practitioner’s working hours, five days per annum personal development time.

In addition, we’re creating opportunities for social workers to experience working in different teams and different areas of social work practice to widen their experience and expand the capabilities of our staffing resource.

Social workers are being equipped with new hybrid laptop devices and new smart phones so that they can manage their time effectively, and in a way that suits them. Armed with this technology, our social workers are able to work more flexibly, while they are out and about, removing the need for them to be in the office unnecessarily.

We have also recruited personal assistants for social workers, to ensure that they have the right back office support to free them up to practice.

We genuinely value our social workers as reflected in the competitive basic salary and benefits package we offer and the opportunities to enhance this with market supplements.

Working benefits include:

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Safe and supportive working environment

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Professional development and career opportunities

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Outstanding leadership and admin support

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Flexible and part-time working options

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Better work-life balance

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Working for us

We have a well established, good track record in improving outcomes for children. In a recent multi-agency, Joint Targeted Area Inspection (JTAI), Inspectors found: “…that frontline social workers were knowledgeable about individual children and ensure that their needs are met at an appropriate level. Equally strong, is the way in which managers oversee and analyse the work of social workers – with Inspectors stating they had seen how this was improving outcomes for children.”

Our ‘Partners in Practice’ status allows us to remove barriers and create a model of excellence that other local authorities and the whole social care system can learn from. We are committed to sharing this knowledge throughout the organisation and with our partners such as the Isle of Wight and Torbay.

Our district based teams deliver a comprehensive service under the direction of a single district manager, with each area being supported by multi-agency early help hubs.

We have established strong collaborative working and continue to strengthen our multi-agency partnerships and support, to understand and resolve complex problems.

The quality of the people who work for us is fundamental to the service we deliver. We want to keep improving to provide an outstanding service, making a real difference to children and their families. We will invest in you and provide you with the support you need to be able to perform to your best, through regular supervision training and development.

About Hampshire

Hampshire is the third largest shire county in England with a population of over 1.32 million.

The county is located on the South Coast of England, with excellent transport links to London, Bath, Oxford and Brighton.

Its unique rural beauty is showcased within the region’s two National Parks, six country parks and picturesque villages. You’ll also find miles of beautiful coastline, with beaches, nature reserves and attractive seaside towns.

Set within this backdrop are the cities of Winchester, Southampton and Portsmouth. These, and many of our towns and villages, offer fascinating history and culture with historic buildings, thriving theatres, award winning museums and modern art galleries.

Our team

Hampshire County Council is recruiting for social workers in the following teams:

Referral and Assessment team (R&A)

Following assessment completed by the multi-agency safeguarding team there is a need for a Child and Family Assessment. The R&A team complete this initial assessment and identify if there is an ongoing role for social care as Children in Need, Child Protection or Children Looked After.

Children in Need team (CiN)

The CiN team implement the plans identified by the R&A team, working with the families to effect change and enable the families to build their resilience. They offer short term interventions completing Children in Need, Child Protection or Court work.

Children in Care team (CiC)

Following a period of assessment where the children’s permanent plan has been identified for long term foster care that case transfers to the CiC team for long term social care intervention. CiC team supports the unaccompanied asylum seeking children, who transfer directly to CiC from point of referral.

Disabled Children’s team (DCT)

Working with children who have a high level of complex disability and their families who require support and assistance to meet the needs their disabled child.

Your development

If you’re a social worker dedicated to improving the lives of children and young people in need of care and protection, then we will match your commitment with time and funding for your future learning, and colleagues who will support you throughout your career.

From late 2017 most Newly Qualified Social Workers will join our Graduate Entry and Training Scheme which starts with a dedicated 4-week induction period and three “guided secondments”. During these secondments you will work as a member of an operational team but will also receive close mentoring, regular supervision, reduced caseload and time for directed learning, reflection and portfolio building. After you have been with us for about six months you will be ready to join your first substantive post and will be well on your way to successful completion of the ASYE Panel at the end of the year.

We have a large workforce development team who work with managers to provide a wide range of learning interventions to support you in your role throughout your career – including social workers who may be joining us after a time away from the profession. We are passionate about promoting the succession planning of our own people and run regular programmes to help prepare staff who want to move into management and, later in their careers, into more senior positions. We also operate an internal transfer scheme between teams to broaden skills, knowledge and experience.

Support also comes from the universities of Winchester and Bournemouth who help us deliver programmes for colleagues who want to enter the social work profession and also for more experienced social workers who want to develop their skills in supervision, leadership and management, and practice education.

Graduate Entry Training Scheme (GETS)

Accelerate your learning and experience as a nearly new or newly qualified social worker (NQSW) through our pioneering Graduate Entry Training Scheme (GETS) – a scheme unique to Hampshire County Council.

GETS is an entirely new way of supporting our social workers through their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) and will ensure you build the very best foundations in skills and confidence to ensure you are fully equipped for the challenges of frontline social work.

Following an individually tailored induction, as part of this scheme you will undertake secondments with at least three frontline service teams, where you will begin to develop your portfolio, before being appointed to a substantive role. Among the key benefits of our scheme is that you will be able to share your learning and experience with a wide network of peers, as well as call on their support.

This is an incredibly exciting time to be a social worker at Hampshire County Council. As a top performing Authority, and one of nine selected to be a Department for Education Partner in Practice, we have embarked on an ambitious journey to revolutionise practice and processes to allow social workers greater flexibility in the way that they work.

Locations

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  • West – New Forest, Test Valley, Basingstoke and Eastleigh and Winchester

  • East – Hart and Rushmoor, East Hampshire, Havant, Fareham and Gosport

Benefits package
Joining our high-performing authority gives you access to an extensive benefits package including:
  • A competitive salary
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Family friendly policies and flexible working options for front line teams
  • Mileage reclaim and low interest car loans
  • Support for your well-being at work
  • Employee support line
  • Inclusiveness, diversity and equality

For further information see our benefits package webpage.

How to apply
It’s nice to know that you wake up every morning and want to come into work, and are excited about it. I think that’s how I know I am in the perfect job role for me.
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The support’s been phenomenal, there is a lot of communication between social workers and managers. I feel I know where Hampshire is going, we’re very innovative.

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