Social Worker, Children Looked After

  • West Sussex County Council
  • Worthing, UK
  • May 04, 2019
Full time Healthcare & Medical Clinical Social Worker

Job Description

Job title: Children's Social Worker
Team: Children Looked After
Salary: £29,597 - £42,965 (market supplements included)
Contract: Permanent, full-time
Location: Horsham or Worthing
Closing date: 31/05/2019

This post is eligible for our 2019 Retention Scheme which includes a one-off payment of 20% of your basic annual salary after joining. For further information, contact

Please do not wait for the job to close before submitting your application. Once we have sufficient applicants we may close the job early.

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

Experienced Children's Social Worker in Children Looked After:

West Sussex County Council are seeking a dedicated and experienced Social Worker's to join our children's services Children Looked After team based in Horsham or Worthing. The successful candidate will be excited to be part of a team achieving positive outcomes for children and young people across West Sussex.

Our dedicated Children Looked After service have a passion for making a difference to our looked after children, alongside an interest and experience of the adoption process. Working with children remaining in long term care where it is not safe for them to return home, children who may be placed for adoption and children leaving care. With a focus on outcomes based care planning for children, including access to an in-house therapeutic assessment and intervention team, you will enjoy working with young children and/or teenagers to support them to achieve and plan to build their lives as young adults ready to leave care and live independently.

You will be able to build positive working relationships with children and young people, professionals, partner agencies and carers as well as respectfully challenge when appropriate. You will have an excellent understanding of the statutory requirements relating to children looked after and keeping children safe. Signs of Safety is our practice framework and you will be committed to developing your practice using this framework.

As an experienced Social Worker within Children Looked After you will be working to deliver first class support to vulnerable children and young people. We are looking for emotionally intelligent, organised, resilient individuals who are able to evidence the value they could add to our team.

Why choose West Sussex?

We offer small teams of social workers managed by a Practice Manager and support by Advanced Practitioners, regular group supervision and peer learning alongside specialist roles within the assessment team to focus on the most vulnerable children and a minimum of 5 CPD and training days per year with access to excellent learning and development provisions.


  • Entitlement to our 2019 Retention Scheme
  • Generous and competitive annual leave
  • A range of flexible working options
  • Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring
  • A range of discounts giving our staff access to hundreds of offers
  • A range of commuting and business travel discount and initiatives
  • Health and Financial Wellbeing schemes

For an informal conversation or further information regarding the role, please contact Pauline Barrett (Service Lead) at or on .

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, HCPC registration, references & health check. Driving Licence required: you must be able to travel throughout the county including to locations that are not always accessible by public transport.

To apply, upload your CV and covering letter to explaining the skills and experience you can bring to the role. Please ensure any gaps in employment are covered on your CV.

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