Social Worker - Fostering Recruitment Team

West Sussex County Council
£30,000 - £39,999
12 Sep 2019
17 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Part Time
Job title: Children's Social Worker
Team: Fostering Recruitment Team
Salary: £29,597 - £42,965, pro-rata (market supplements included)
Contract: Permanent, part time (30 hours per week)
Location: Horsham

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This post is eligible for our 2019 Retention Scheme which includes a one-off payment of 20% of your basic annual salary after joining, free parking or payment for parking and the option of an interest free loan of up to £10,000. Relocation support may be available. For further information, contact

West Sussex County Council is seeking a dedicated and experienced Social Worker to join our Fostering Recruitment Team in Horsham as part of an on-going commitment to increase our in-house fostering resources.

In a challenging time of high need for placements, the Fostering Recruitment Team provides a county wide service promoting the need for more high quality foster carers, responding to enquiries and undertaking Fostering assessments. You will have a history of working on complex assessments including Fostering, Adoption, and Special Guardianship or parenting assessments. You should have excellent report writing skills and be able to present your reports verbally to relevant panels. West Sussex is currently using both Signs of Safety and Secure Base models and experience or understanding of these models would be preferred. You will need to be able to meet quality assurance requirements and work with pace and purpose to achieve panel submission dates.

Our practice framework is based on Signs of Safety underpinned by knowledge of attachment and the impact of developmental trauma on children and families - all staff receive training and support to implement these approaches. Reflective supervision is well embedded in our team ethos, along with support to achieve continued professional development with access to a wide range of training and other resources.

The Fostering Recruitment Team is an exciting and high performing team to be part of. We are well established and dedicated to completing robust and evidence based assessments, sometimes complex and always interesting, in order to meet the needs of our Children Looked After, who are at the core of our work. It is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a creative team within Children' Services, which is recognised positively for contributing to good outcomes for our children. On occasions, members of the team support other parts of the Service by taking on other assessments, for example; SGO, Family and Friends foster carers, Supported Lodgings providers and you will need to be prepared to use your skills and experience in this way as required.

Why choose West Sussex?

We offer small teams of social workers managed by a Practice Manager and support by Advanced Practitioners and Child and Family Workers embedded in the service. Alongside this, we are able to provide additional support from coordinators who provide flexible administrative support. We also offer regular group supervision, peer learning and a minimum of 5 CPD and training days per year with access to excellent learning and development provisions.

Next Steps:

For an informal conversation or further information regarding the role, please contact Amanda Hemming (Practice Manager) at or on 07734 062714 or Clare Spencer (Group Manager) at

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 or to find out what Rewards and Benefits we offer, please click here.

To apply, upload your CV and covering letter to explain the skills and experience you can bring to the role by clicking on 'apply for job' below. Please ensure any gaps in employment are covered in your CV.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, HCPC registration, 5 years referencing & health check. You must be able to travel throughout the county including to locations that are not always accessible by public transport.