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Join us in Horsham on 29 June at our recruitment event. With you, with the child...Every step of the way

Recruitment Event

We're on a journey to become an authority that delivers good and excellent services to children and their families from integrated prevention and earliest help services through to Children’s Social Care.

West Sussex County Council takes children's social care seriously. We've had significant financial investment in our service and as a result are looking to recruit new and experienced social workers.

We are currently looking to fill a number of positions, including:

  • Experienced social workers
  • Practice managers

On Thursday 29 June we are hosting a recruitment event where you can come along and see what West Sussex has to offer you as an employer.

Date: Thursday 29 June
Time: 5.00pm to 7.00pm
Location: County Hall North, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH (free parking and refreshments available)

At the event you will be able to talk to:

  • Annie MacIver - Director of Family Operations, West Sussex County Council
  • Catherine Watkins - Principal Social Worker, West Sussex County Council
  • Service Leads
  • Practice managers
  • Social workers

There will be short talks from Annie MacIver and other members of the team to give you a real insight into what happens when you join the West Sussex Children’s Social Care team.

You will have the opportunity to discuss which area of children's services you're most interested in and hear about the best route into working with us. If you are interested in joining us but can't attend the event, please visit our website.

West Sussex is a large authority which offers lots of opportunities for development and progression but with a ‘small authority feel’ because we know and value each member of our team.

To register, visit our event page.

If you want to speak to someone before the event, you can contact us by emailing hereforyou@westsussex.gov.uk or phone 033022 23896.

Alternatively, visit our website to get further information on a career in social work at West Sussex County Council.

The Teams

Our Social Work teams are based in four areas in West Sussex; Horsham, Crawley, Worthing and Bognor Regis.

Moreover, there are four service teams you could potentially work for:

  • Contact, Assessment and Intervention: undertaking Child and Family Assessments, S.47 inquiries and intervention and planning for Children in Need.
  • Family Support and Protection and Disability: working with longer term Children in Need, children subject to Child Protection plans and children with disabilities.
  • Resilience and Permanence: working with children who are looked after and/or on the edge of care, to achieve and maintain permanence, including permanency and care planning, family proceedings and preparation for children leaving care.
  • Fostering, Adoption and Intervention: working with foster carers as a supervising social worker, undertaking assessments and providing support to adopters and others with Special Guardianship Orders, undertaking assessments and interventions within family proceedings.

You can contact us by emailing hereforyou@westsussex.gov.uk or phone 033022 23896.

Alternatively, you can visit our website to get further information on a career in social work at West Sussex County Council.

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If you want to attend, please click the 'Register here' button at the top of the page.

If you are unable to make it, but still want to have a chat, you can get in contact with us in the following ways:

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