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Left to right - Clare Poyner, principal social worker, children's social care and Karley Middleton, service leader

'We're proud to be Portsmouth' at Social Work in the South 2024

Callum Murphy

Senior Campaign and Events Officer
General News

General News

11 March 2024

The waterfront city took centre stage at the south's largest event for jobs and opportunities in children's social care as senior team members showcased why they are proud to be Portsmouth.

Social Work in the South took place on 22 February 2024 at Hope Church in Winchester. The event brought together local authorities in the region alongside students, newly qualified and experienced social workers, to learn and network.

Karley Middleton, service leader and Clare Poyner, principal social worker promoted a range of job opportunities, including the Assessed and Support Year in Employment Programme. (ASYE)

Karley Middleton showcasing Portsmouth during CPD sessionKarley Middleton showcasing Portsmouth during CPD session

Councillor Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council said:

"Social Work in the South is a great event where team members can connect with newly qualified social workers who are looking at their options after graduating from university.

"Portsmouth prides itself on giving people the professional experience they need, imparting skills and knowledge, from managers and team leaders. Individuals will find themselves working with different agencies and organisations that support children, young people and families, gaining real world experience which is so important."

The team also spoke about Portsmouth during a CPD session and led a CV workshop to support those applying for jobs.

Exhibition stand at Social Work in the South 2024Exhibition stand at Social Work in the South 2024

Sam Bushby, deputy director, children and families at Portsmouth City Council said:

"It's really important for us to showcase what Portsmouth has to offer, both for people aspiring to become social workers, and those who are already experienced in the profession.  

"Social Work in the South really helps us reach people, giving us an opportunity to talk about our offer and how we would support their development through continued training with us. We received positive feedback from those we spoke with and look forward to attending future events."

Children's social care at Portsmouth City Council is welcoming applications from newly qualified social workers for the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme.

If you are graduating from a social work degree or master's qualification in September, you can now apply online. For more information, click here.