About Adults' Services

Find out how the Adults' Services team work.

"It’s a challenging job but so rewarding when you can make a difference."

Senior Social Work Practitioner

As part of our valued workforce you will enjoy:

  • support - be part of a strong, well-trained team which is both supported and supportive
  • balance - opportunities for flexible working, with the right help, to achieve a good work-life balance
  • development - work towards your own progression through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and clear career paths.

We want people who live in West Sussex to live long, independent and fulfilled lives. Our priorities to achieve this can be found in our Adult Social Care strategy which focus on maximising people’s independence, ensuring high quality access to services and working alongside our partners to support and safeguard vulnerable adults.

In addition there is a strong commitment to partnership working across health and social care in West Sussex and the foundations are in place to take forward increased integration of commissioning and delivering services.

You can also find information about Our vision and values.

At West Sussex County Council we are transforming Adults’ Services by embracing a strengths-based approach and implementing a model that supports local communities and economies.

Our focus is on prevention and reablement, supporting family and friend carers and helping people maintain their independence and autonomy. We find creative solutions to help people be independent for longer, living in their own home and community.

It is important that people have a life, not just a service, and that they value the support they receive. With our strong collaborations with our partners, we will work together to ensure people are safe, physically and emotionally healthy and at the centre of any support they receive.

Our social workers change lives. It’s a challenging job and we recognise that to achieve excellent outcomes for our residents, our staff need to feel supported and have opportunities to develop.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have adapted to the challenges this has created, maintaining the cohesiveness of our teams through the use of technology and flexible working arrangements.

Our adults’ social workers are given strong foundations to enable them to be the best they can be. We have a strong professional support network, from experienced leadership to supportive teams and team managers. Together, they provide our workforce with what they need to deliver the best possible outcomes for the adults who need them.

We work to ensure there is the right balance between support and challenge. We have invested in professional development and have clear career progression pathways. We value our staff and encourage them to develop their career with us, from students and newly qualified social workers through to senior and experienced managers.