Skip to main content

Why work for us?

Our restorative approach ensures we lead the way in supporting our community when they need it most.

Create a stronger future for everyone

Our Portsmouth model of care and restorative approach ensures we lead the way in supporting our community when they need it most.

When you choose to work in children's social care at Portsmouth City Council, you will benefit from strong partnerships that lays the foundations of support that the city's families, young people and children deserve. Our team work across five areas:

  • Prevention and early help service
  • Assessment and intervention (Family safeguarding)
  • Children we care
  • Safeguarding and quality assurance
  • Youth justice service

Every child and young person deserves to reach their full potential and feel positive about themselves.

Your starter guides

Portsmouth's model of practice explained

Discover two workforce handbooks that detail the steps we will take to support the city's children, young people and families, explaining how we will achieve this together. As part of your induction, each guide is given to new starters to showcase Portsmouth's unique model of family practice. Our workforce is an important part of our success, enabling children and families to reach their potential.

Our senior team

Join the team who make a difference every day

Whatever role you play, make an impact on the lives of Portsmouth's families.
Hear from senior leaders who co-ordinate teams as they support children, young people and their families who are most at need.

Councillor Suzy Horton

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education
Introduction video clip by Suzy Horton - Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education

A message from Sarah Daly, director of children's services at Portsmouth City Council

"We are on a journey to outstanding. We have worked hard to create the right environment for young people, children and families to flourish.

We know there will be challenges along the way however with your help you can make us change lives and improve outcomes for Portsmouth.

Stronger Futures enables us to showcase what Portsmouth City Council has to offer social workers at all stage of their career. Some of our team have talked about their journey into the profession, giving those interested in joining the team a realistic picture of what it is like to work here.

If you'd like more information on what we do, we're always happy to help."

Clare Poyner

A message from principal social worker, Clare Poyner

"I am delighted that you are interested in working in Portsmouth. Our children's social care service is a great place to work and develop your career.

At Portsmouth, we are keen to promote a high support, high challenge environment where you will be given opportunities to develop as a practitioner and learn new skills through our comprehensive learning and development offer. Our staff tell us they feel valued, enjoy working in Portsmouth and are well supported by their managers with regular reflective supervision and good access to training and action learning sets.

If you are interested in working in a relationship-based way and are committed to developing your social work practice and skills to deliver an excellent service for Portsmouth's children, then we look forward to welcoming you."

Journey towards outstanding

Help us reach our goal

In 2023, Ofsted rated children's social care at Portsmouth City Council as 'good' overall, highlighting a number of key successes.

Open quotation

Senior leaders in the council champion the needs of children, families and young people, ensuring they reach their potential in education and employment.

Open quotation

Children are actively encouraged to share their views and be involved in issues that matter to them.

Open quotation

The support given to children who need help and protection is outstanding overall, highlighting impressive early help services and the skilled and specialist help available to children, including those with complex needs.

Your benefits

Portsmouth City Council is a dynamic place to develop a career in children's social care. We pride ourselves on:

Staff development

Committed to continuous training and staff development in a culture that shares expertise and challenges us to deliver high quality services.

Competitive Pay

Enjoy generous allowances and pay that reflects the job you do as well as an industry-leading recruitment and retention package of £5000 over 6 years.

Other benefits

Flexible working and access to a fantastic pension scheme. If you have a family, child care benefits are available as well as discounts with local businesses.

Good work life balance

On average, our social workers have a caseload of 17 enabling you to focus on life at work and outside of it. Dedicated wellbeing package to support all colleagues.

Partnerships that work

Great relationships with organisations across the city ensure local residents benefit from joined up working from the get-go.

Join Team Portsmouth

If you are considering your next steps, join Portsmouth City Council as a qualified social worker in children's social care.

Live, work and play in Portsmouth

Experience Portsmouth as a place to live, work and play by the sea

Portsmouth offers incredible culture, entertainment and leisure as you explore the waterfront city and the benefits it brings.