Social Worker - Adolescent and Family Resource Team

West Sussex County Council
United Kingdom
£30,000 - £39,999
05 Dec 2018
09 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job title: Children’s Social Worker – Adolescent and Family Resource Team
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
Location: Horsham or Worthing
Application closing date: 31/12/18 - please do not wait for the closing date to submit your application, as we will arrange interviews as soon as applications are received.

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

With you, with the child, every step of the way

Not all families coming to the attention of Children's Social Care need care and protection due to abuse and neglect; acute stress can be a contributing factor to family dysfunction and breakdown. The philosophy underpinning the work of the Adolescent and Family Resource Service is to work both directly and indirectly with two distinct groups of adolescents and their families.

These groups include young people on the edge of care; who due to family disruption, conflict or abuse and neglect, find themselves on the cusp of a statutory intervention and are at risk of coming into care, and children and young people who are already looked after, where there is the opportunity for reintegration back to the family home. This can also include young people who are subject to a Special Guardianship Order or Adoption Order.

We work with children and young people between the age of 11 - 17 and their families, extended family and local community. This includes children and young people who may be at risk of CSE, who are missing, out of education, offending or where there is violence within the home.

You will join a dedicated team of social workers and specialist family workers who are passionate about improving outcomes for adolescents and their families. You will be part of a small practice group, who work together with access to group and reflective supervision to deliver effective support to young people and their families.

Our staff are trained in Signs of Safety, attachment and developmental trauma. As a social worker you will also have access to Research in Practice and Community Care Inform and are guaranteed a minimum of 5 days per year CPD, including accredited training leading to Diploma and Masters qualifications.

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 for CIN, alongside specialist roles within the assessment team to focus on the most vulnerable children.
  • 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 James Houghton (Group Manager), at or on 07850 961081

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

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