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Hampshire County Council

We’re pioneering some changes to social care practice in Hampshire; radically changing the way we work and creating the right conditions to ensure social workers can work flexibly and are given the capacity to provide the level of support and attention that is required for them to make a real difference to the lives of children, young people and their families.

It’s an exciting time to join us as we’re investing £6.5 million in children’s social workers to help drive this change and enable Hampshire social workers to be more agile in their role, leaving them more fulfilled professionally and able to enjoy a good balance between work and home life.

Isle of Wight Council

Isle of Wight Council

With a career with Isle of Wight Council, you will be:

  • making a difference, creating and supporting positive change with families.
  • supported by your team, your colleagues and your managers.
  • provided the time, resources and support to deliver interventions that work for families.
  • supported to develop your practice and your social work career.

We have launched our new Child Assessment and Safeguarding Teams, combining the function of referral and assessment with children in need. We are now recruiting for experienced social workers to join this innovative new way of delivering excellent social work practice to achieve further improvements in outcomes for children and families. You will join our established service and work in what is a highly rewarding environment.

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Oxfordshire County Council

We have been judged by Ofsted to provide a good standard of care and protection for children and young people in Oxfordshire. We are one of only ten authorities to have received this rating.

Our approach to work is values based – anyone can say that but here, you see it, live it, breathe it – everyone is genuinely committed to getting the best possible outcomes for children and young people and this makes it a motivating environment to work in. We don’t do one-size fits all training here – it’s all about you. Our innovative Oxfordshire Social Work Academy offers outstanding practice and professional development to all of our social workers. Be part of it.

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Brighton and Hove City Council

We know that our dedicated and professional social workers are our greatest asset and our ethos at Brighton & Hove is to invest in them by giving them the time and active support they need so that they can make a real difference to children’s lives and realise our vision for social work.

We have developed a whole system that provides containment for social workers so that they can build ongoing relationships with families and use these relationships to make a difference for children and young people. This system is made up of small teams, or pods, of workers who get to know each other and the families they are supporting.

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Portsmouth City Council

In Portsmouth, we have developed a clear vision for Children and Families services: we want vulnerable children and families to be safe, healthy, learning and achieving their potential. We will ensure our professionals deliver excellent practice to enable families to achieve better outcomes.

We are completely focussed on delivering excellent practice across early help, social care and youth offending services. To do this, we have to have robust recruitment and induction, good quality management and supervision and we have to provide a range of learning opportunities for professionals.

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Southampton City Council

Southampton City Council is a unitary authority. We are a Council that is committed to the development of our staff, whilst working in a highly supportive and challenging culture. All of which is at the ethos of our ambition to become a child friendly City. You will have access to strong leadership and continuous supportive management.

We are the only Local Authority to invest in a 'Stand Alone Principle Social Work Team.' Our commitment and investment into the Social Work profession ensures that our staff thrive and feel valued and make sure that the work they do with people is the best it can be.

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Slough Children’s Services Trust

Slough Children’s Services Trust is an independent, not-for-profit, company that provides social care and support services to vulnerable children, young people and families in Slough. As only the second such Trust to be set up in the country, we work closely with agencies across the borough to improve relationships and build lasting partnerships which help vulnerable children be safe, secure and successful.

We have redesigned children’s services in Slough, by moving away from conventional social work teams and are taking a more systemic approach involving smaller ‘Hubs’, each led by a Consultant Social Work Manager and made up of professionals from different disciplines.

This new way of working is called Safe, Secure and Successful. It’s effective and it’s working.

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West Berkshire Council

West Berkshire is a great place for children to grow up. Generally West Berkshire's children and young people do well. Our aim is for those children to be safe and healthy, achieve high educational standards through attending good schools, and move on into higher education or employment and a secure and prosperous future.

We are committed to getting it right for children and young people - we have great staff doing amazing work, and we believe in investing in people to develop their skills and knowledge to achieve their full potential.

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West Sussex County Council

At West Sussex County Council we are doing something inspirational, something we are really proud of - creating a brighter future for the children and families we work with.

We have a clear vision of what we want to achieve for our children. We have a talented leadership team and staff who will ensure we deliver these outcomes, and are looking for experienced social workers and managers to join us. People who are proud of what they do, are emotionally intelligent, professionally curious and passionate about making a difference.

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Community Care

The Community Care group is at the heart of your social care career. We offer a selection of products that work together to give social care professionals constant support in the ever-changing social care sector.

Communitycare.co.uk delivers news and analysis direct to your inbox to help you keep up to date with the latest developments in social care. Community Care Inform is an online resource for employers, enabling social care professionals working with Children or Adults to make robust, evidence-based decisions. It is a key tool to help you achieve consistent high quality social work practice and ensure social work teams are making confident, legally compliant decisions

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Jessica Kingsley Publishers was founded in 1987 in London by Jessica Kingsley and is committed to publishing books that make a difference. In 2004 we opened our US office, in Philadelphia and in 2017 we became part of the John Murray Press division of Hachette Group.

We publish books for professionals and general readers in a range of subjects. We are well known for our long established lists on the autism spectrum, social work, and arts therapies. More recently we have published extensively in the fields of mental health, counselling, palliative care, practical theology and gender diversity. We have a range of graphic novels across these subject areas, and books for children, on issues including bereavement, depression and anger.

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Mermaids UK

Mermaids is passionate about supporting children, young people, and their families to achieve a happier life in the face of great adversity. We work to raise awareness about gender nonconformity in children and young people amongst professionals and the general public. We campaign for the recognition of gender dysphoria in young people and lobby for improvements in professional services.

Formed in 1995 by a group of parents brought together by their children’s longstanding gender incongruence, Mermaids has evolved and grown to meet demand and offer appropriate resources to young people, their families and carers, and professionals working with gender variant young people. Formed primarily as a support group, our focus has widened dramatically over the last few years.

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Talk-Kit LTD

The Talk-kit team comprises of two Specialist Speech and Language Therapists, Natalie Eshun and Makeda Amoah, with extensive experience working in the local authority, NHS and education settings. We are passionate about sharing knowledge and skills with families and professionals to support children and young people with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN), particularly Looked After Children (LAC).

We at Talk-Kit believe that we can support placement success, promote positive outcomes and relationships and the well-being of the LAC and foster families by providing carers and professionals with the relevant and practical skills to help them manage the communication difficulties and challenging behaviours experienced by young people. Our ethos is to provide communication training to support Language, Learning and Living in children and young people.