Are you an outstanding children’s social worker?

We are looking for to join our Disabled Children’s Team in Havant covering Hampshire. You will be passionate about providing quality services to children with disabilities and their families , delivered within a strength-based approach model. You’ll thrive in a position working in partnership with families to increase independence, promote family resilience and keep children safe from harm.

You will look after a complex caseload of children with disabilities, in this challenging but hugely rewarding role. Your expertise will span the range of statutory provisions, including Children in Need, children subject to Child Protection Plans, Children in Care and those where Care Proceedings have been initiated. You will work closely with these children and their families to undertake holistic social work assessments to identify risk and need; and work with multi-agency networks to develop and review plans that address and mitigate concerns in a timely manner.

You’ll be comfortable engaging with a variety of stakeholders and be able to communicate effectively in verbal and written form. Knowledge of alternative methods used to communicate with children with disabilities would be an advantage.

You will be part of a stable, friendly team working alongside our Occupational Therapy service. You will be required to liaise with health and education professionals to develop support packages for children with complex needs. The ability to understand and navigate multi-agency systems and processes is essential.

Your practical skills as a Social Worker will be supported by a working knowledge of the legislation that governs work with Children with Disabilities, including the Children’s Act 1989 as amended, the Children’s Act 2002, the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014.

A Social Work qualification is essential and prior experience of working with children with disabilities is desirable.

As a team we offer peer support, reflective supervision, mentoring opportunities and creativity in keeping in touch and supporting each other.

Additional Information:

Social Worker – Qualified :

Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check, and as such and in line with safer recruitment requirements, please note that references will be requested prior to interview .

Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) applies.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

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