Social Worker – Southampton

Job Reference – 416

  • Part time: ( 2½ days ideally Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
  • Salary: Band H, £27,276 – £34,264 per annum pro rata
  • Closing date: 08/04/2018
  • Interview dates: WC 18/04/2018

Fair Ways is looking for an experienced and motivated Social Worker to work at our Residential Family Centre. The successful candidate will benefit from a manageable caseload of up to 5 cases, providing dedicated support to the families residing at the centre. Many of our parents have issues such as mental health, learning needs and substance misuse and the risks posed by those issues expose the children to significant harm.

Where necessary, the successful candidate will be required to present the assessment to the family court. The successful applicant will have experience of preparing robust, evidence based assessments and recommendations of parenting capacity. You will be required to demonstrate excellent organisational skills, be able to prioritise and adhere to deadlines. The practitioner will be empathetic and emotionally aware of the impact of trauma, while maintaining a focus on the professional task at hand.

Fair Ways is an expanding, dynamic charity that strongly believes in providing opportunities for people to meet their full potential. Fair Ways is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and families and we expect ALL staff to share this commitment. We have recently been awarded Third Best Not-for-Profit Organisation to Work For in the Sunday Times Awards.

Job Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be able to:

  • Take a lead in preparing and writing parenting assessments through formal and informal observations of the residents with their children.
  • Facilitate focused work and training with parents and their children in a nurturing, supportive environment to promote empowerment for parents and positive outcomes for children.
  • Prepare robust assessments of risk including clear analysis and direction as to how risk can be prevented or minimised whilst ensuring the child’s welfare remains a priority.
  • Attend and contribute to multi-agency meetings, Court hearings and other forums to represent the Residential Family Centre.
  • Maintain and organise case records, prepare reports as directed by your line manager and retain effective communication with external agencies regarding parent progress and safeguarding concerns.

Personal Skills

A degree in Social Work or equivalent is essential. You will also be required to demonstrate knowledge in relevant legislative frameworks, such as the Children Act 1989/ 2004 and the Care Standards Act 2000. The successful candidate will act calmly and purposefully in crisis situations and will recognise their own reactions and feelings in response to situations, whilst managing the effects of these on other people. Previous attendance of PAMS training would be desirable however not essential.


Fair Ways places importance on valuing staff and recognising the key role staff play in the organisation that’s why we:

  • Offer intensive in-house Induction training prior to starting in your role and continued training and continuous professional development opportunities throughout your employment. Our training department offers a wide range of accredited courses from Level 2 Awards to Level 5 Diplomas in Health and Social Care, Children and Young People, Counselling, Health Care, and Assessing.
  • Offer access to legal, financial and personal advice.
  • After a year’s employment, staff can benefit from a health scheme including discounts for restaurants, optical/dental discount and childcare vouchers.
  • Offer discounted gym memberships.

Working for Fair Ways will provide you with an opportunity to seek discount on products and local services as well as auto-enrolment into our Pension scheme.

Next Step –

Interested in the vacancy? We encourage a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all communities.

Download the Job Description and an Application Form here or please phone Head Office (02380 230400)

and ask for the Recruitment Department or email