Are you ready for transformation?
We are.

Come and work for one of the highest performing Children’s Services departments in the country.

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As a Local Authority appointed by the Secretary of State to be a ‘Partner in Practice’, we have the freedom to innovate, be flexible and trial new ways of working to improve frontline children’s social work. We are now in the next exciting stage of reforming children’s social care practice, and have:

  • expanded our team of social work personal assistants to reduce the bureaucracy and administrative burden on social workers, so they can concentrate on making a difference to children and families that need support

  • extended the use of volunteers who offer mentoring, return from missing interviews and parenting support

  • created multi-disciplinary teams focusing on the whole family's needs, addressing issues of mental health and domestic abuse

  • committed to have child and family social workers assessed and accredited, against a new, Department for Education professional practice framework, by 2020.

Five great reasons to be a social worker in Hampshire

  • Hampshire is consistently judged by Ofsted as ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ leadership and governance. The JTAI highlighting the positive multi-agency working with partner agencies.

  • Extensive employee benefits package.

  • We are committed to supporting Continuing Professional Development, providing opportunities at every step of your career, through access to accredited training via Winchester and Bournemouth University.

  • Flexible working.

  • Positive team support, regular supervision and peer supervision.

We have started the transformation.
Join us in revolutionising children’s social care and advance your career at the same time.

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:

Reception 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 funding for your future learning and colleagues who will support you throughout your career.

We encourage training throughout practice and work with Bournemouth University, who accredit our supervision, leadership and management, and practice educator programmes for more experienced social workers.

Through our links with the University of Winchester, we are developing a quality assurance scheme for our learning and development interventions.

We promote succession planning, and run an annual programme to help prepare staff who want to move into senior management. We also operate an internal transfer scheme between teams to broaden skills, knowledge and experience.

Newly qualified social workers are supported to complete their AYSE programme, which is linked to the National Professional Capabilities Framework and the Knowledge and Skills Statement. You will be assessed over a 12 to 18 month period and can expect a tailored development plan, close mentoring, regular supervision and a reduced workload. This is to ensure you get the very best start in your career, and consolidate your learning from your Social Work degree.

Stepping from a different career or degree in to social work

The County Council is a leader in the provision of innovative development schemes. For example, if you’re a graduate from another discipline and have experience of working with children you may be able to qualify as a social worker via one of the national or local initiatives that we support as they become available, such as the government-sponsored 14 month “Step up to Social Work” programme. For more information on training to become a social worker, visit the National Careers Service website.



  • 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
Step Up to Social Work

Hampshire County Council is a leader in the provision of innovative development schemes. For example, if you’re a graduate from another discipline and have experience of working with children you may be able to qualify as a social worker via the government-sponsored “Step up to Social Work” programme.

Step Up to social work and be the difference

Social work is a challenging but rewarding career through which you can make a real difference for children and families. You will need to build relationships with families facing difficult times, show a lot of patience and be a good listener. You’ll also need good observational skills, analytical thinking and sound judgement to make the right decisions and protect children. Social work regularly tests resilience, stamina and resolve - all of which you will need to succeed. But social work can be life changing for those you support and help.

Through our successful Step Up to Social Work training programme you’ll get intensive, hands-on experience of working in a real-life social work role. On completion, you will obtain a Diploma in Social Work, allowing you to register and practice as a social worker. We can train you in 14 months, with all your course fees paid, and you’ll also receive a bursary for the duration of the course.

We’re looking for strong graduates who have experience of working with children, young people and families and who can demonstrate their maturity and emotional resilience.
Do you have what it takes?

You are eligible if you can demonstrate you already have:

  • a minimum 2:1 level 6 degree qualification
  • or, an honours degree plus a higher degree (level 7 or above)
  • grade C or above GSCE in English/ English Language and Maths (or recognised equivalent)
  • experience of working with children, young people and families

For more information visit Step Up to Social Work: information for applicants

Online applications open 28 March and close 5 May 2017

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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
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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