These roles are being offered as either a fixed term contract for 18 months, or as a permanent role within Children's Social Care. Candidates opting for a permanent role will spend the first 18 months supporting the Fostering Service working on an exciting project to maximise the recruitment of in-house foster carers. Following the 18 month assignment, roles will be reassigned to other vacant position within West Sussex County Council Children's Social Care.
Successful appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS check (formerly Criminal Records Bureau check), HCPC registration, References, Driving Licence & Health Check
Social Worker positions span two grades. When making your application, please express a preference regarding whether you are applying for a grade 9 Social Worker or a grade 10 Senior Social Worker, depending on your qualifications and experience. This can be detailed at the top of the application form in the preference area. Please ensure you use the correct role profile when making your application.
If you are a WSCC employee applying for this post as a secondment opportunity please seek approval from your line manager before applying.
Please indicate which post(s) you are applying for by detailing your preference(s) at the top of the application form in the preference area.
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WSCC is committed to recruiting more foster carers for our children looked after and therefore the fostering recruitment team is expanding. This is an exciting and dynamic time to join our service as part of an investment project committed to achieving best matching for our children.
The fostering recruitment team is a small established and experienced team who has strong senior leadership supporting our work.
In order to respond to the needs of our children looked after population we need creative, proactive and reflective social work practitioners who have excellent assessment and analytical skills. If you have experience of writing Form F Fostering assessments, Adoption or Special Guardianship Order assessments this would be an advantage, however if you have the ability to write clear, concise, analytical and evidence-based assessments in a timely manner then we would like to hear from you.
You will be required to support fostering recruitment events and training, and therefore excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential in order to promote our service. You will also be part of a duty system where you will be undertaking initial calls and visits to prospective foster carers.
You need to be HCPC registered, hold a social work qualification and have use of a car as this is a county wide post. In return you will receive regular reflective supervision and the support of experienced Managers.
For further information or an informal discussion please contact Gail Mannion tel: or Amanda Hemming tel:
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 or complete an application form.
Where you are submitting a CV as your application, the following information is mandatory: All employment and precise dates must be included. (Any gaps must be explained if you are selected for interview)
All applicants applying please note that if you have not been contacted by the interview date, please assume you have not been shortlisted for an interview on this occasion.
Click on the 'apply now' button below to make an application.
For further details on the role and instructions how to apply, please use the following link to our job pages. Entering the reference number 'CAFHE00861' into the keyword search will take you to the job.