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Leap forward to the top 5% of children's services

Join a council where social workers have outstanding leadership, admin support and are at the forefront of innovation.

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Be part of one of the top-rated Children’s Services Departments in the country. Hampshire County Council has consistently been judged by Ofsted as good with outstanding leadership and governance.

Are you ready for transformation? We are.

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.

Five great reasons to be a social worker in Hampshire

  • All the practical support you need; including professional development at every step of your career, administrative support, a mobile phone and tablet.

  • Extensive employee benefits package with flexible and part-time working options.

  • A safe and supportive working environment with positive team support and options to develop experience in a variety of casework.

  • Working with an authority which is consistently judged as good by Ofsted and has been in the top five per cent of children’s services authorities for the past ten years.

  • An opportunity to help shape the future of children’s social care with a leading authority for innovation and improvement.

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 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.



  • 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
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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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