Hampshire County Council has just committed to investing £6.5m in recruiting, training and supporting over 100 additional social worker positions. Steve Crocker, Director of Children’s Services, tells us why.
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.
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:
Safe and supportive working environment
Professional development and career opportunities
Outstanding leadership and admin support
Flexible and part-time working options
Better work-life balance
Mobile phone and tablet
Working for us
Graduate Entry Training Scheme (GETS)
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.
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.