Social Worker - Child Protection

Location Portsmouth
Salary £38 - £42.10 per hour
Our locality teams are Portsmouth North, Portsmouth Central 1 & Central 2, & Portsmouth South. You will be working with families as they are referred to us, supporting families under children in need and child protection planning. Working in the Court arena both private and public law.
Our Through Care Team; works with Looked After Children to support them through to adoption, long term fostering or reunification home to their families, or with our Care Leavers through to independence. This is an exciting and privileged opportunity to support children and young people in their plans for permanence and to prepare them for adulthood.
You will:
1. Have a Diploma or Degree in social work and be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council. Evidence of 2 years post qualifying experience
2. Have a good working knowledge of theory and legislation including the Children act 89/04 amongst others.
3. Be an excellent communicator who is equally comfortable speaking with children and other professionals from external partners and agencies.
4. The ability to converse at ease with clients and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post
5. Have excellent accurate written skills, able to write reports and present evidence in a clear and concise way.
6. Have excellent analytical skill to aid you in your assessment of child protection cases.
7. Be someone who enjoys a busy atmosphere who can cope with competing demands and the stresses that comes with them.
8. Be motivated to achieve good outcomes for children.
9. Have an understanding of anti-oppressive practice and the legislative framework around this.
10. Be a person who wants to be part of the team and actively encourages inter team support.
11. Be computer literate, who is comfortable using MS word, outlook and databases.
12. Have skills in tact and diplomacy - someone who is able to empathise with service users.
13. Be able to consolidate learning in working practice.