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Qualified Social Worker (Willow Team) HCC49074

Job Details:


Salary Range: £33,653 - £37,876 per annum, plus a market supplement of £1,400 per annum
Work Location: The Parkway, Fareham
Hours per week: 37 hours
Contract Type: Permanent 
Closing Date: 2 December 2020
Interview Date: 4 December 2020
Contact details for an informal discussion: Neil Connolly, Team Manager on 07984 083884


Join our specialist child exploitation team and improve outcomes for some of Hampshire's most vulnerable children


The Willow team is the Hampshire Children’s Services Department’s specialist child exploitation team. The team works with children either at High levels of exploitation risk or being exploited. This includes sexual and criminal exploitation as well as county lines (CSE, CL, CCE), we also work with Modern Day Slavery, missing children and trafficking as well as unaccompanied children. 

The team takes cases for Children and Families assessments from MASH at both S47 and S17 level as well as nominated cases to which social workers will offer direct work. A key role is the direct work to children and offering advice and guidance to district teams on exploitation.

The team is multi agency and we have close links with partners across health, sexual health, education, third sector, YOT and Police specialist teams. 

The Willow Team is a busy, demanding, and dynamic area of Children’s Services, often working with hard to reach children who can be at the highest risk. Social Workers are expected to be efficient in their decision making and able to prioritise their work to meet business demands.  You must be a team player and able to support the whole team with complex tasks.


You will have a social work qualification and will offer post-qualifying experience of complex children and family work including knowledge of child exploitation issues and direct work with children. You will also set high professional standards and maintain them. Above all, you will have a desire to help shape and develop a commitment to improving the outcomes for some of our most vulnerable children. 


For further information about the role responsibilities and selection criteria, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification.

What are we doing for our social workers?


Our Social Workers are an asset to us, and we encourage our workforce to be creative and autonomous, while enabling them to work flexibly. We are committed to providing regular, reflective and effective supervision to support you, while ensuring you also have the working conditions you need for good practice to flourish.


We will:


  • Provide you with a hybrid tablet device, so you can work more effectively and flexibly
  • Allocate you a personal assistant, who will provide crucial back office support to free up your time to focus on professional practice
  • Provide five personal development days per annum
  • Provide flexible working options to fit around today’s lifestyles
  • Ensure you have ample progression opportunities
  • Assist with relocation by offering up to £8,500 for experienced social workers wanting to move to Hampshire (subject to management approval).


These are just some of the benefits you will receive as a Hampshire County Council employee.


Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check. As such, and as per safer recruitment requirements, please note, we will take up references 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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