Job Description


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Part Time, Permanent


£42,437 – £46,232 Per Annum

Closing date

1 February 2021

Team Leader – Family Safeguarding Team – Adult Services

Salary: Band: 12 – £44,862 – £48,874 p.a, pro rata (£42,437 – £46,232p.a. for 35 hours)

35 hours per week

Portsmouth City Council

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Your New Role

We have an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of developing innovative practice.

Portsmouth City Council Children’s Services is committed to promoting a ‘whole family’ approach to safeguarding and reunification in Portsmouth. Portsmouth City Council continues to invest in social work services with children, young people and their families in order to make this ambition a reality. We have embarked on the next stage of our transformation journey, having co-located additional Adult Specialist Practitioners within our Children’s Locality Social Work Teams operating across the North, Central and South of the city.

The key focus is now to work collaboratively and in partnership with families to tackle the ‘trilogy of risk’. This requires providing specialist advice and guidance, and undertaking direct work with parents to address their assessed mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse needs in order to improve their parenting skills and capacity to make and sustain positive change. This includes liaising with established Adult Services where additional specialist provision is required.

The Family Safeguarding Service is integrated into The Children & Families Service, which provides social work & care support and intervention with children, young people and their parents & carers. This includes Children in Need of Support, Protection and Care, including Care Leavers, Children with Disabilities and Young People who offend and/or are at risk of exploitation. The service also provides a range of placement options for children who are in the care of the local authority including foster care and residential care, adoption and other care arrangements with Special Guardians and Connected Persons.

As a Team Leader you will support the Service and Team Lead in the supervision and management of a team of Adult Service’s practitioners and assist with complex decision making processes about Family Safeguarding practice with families. You will support in the development, co-ordination and delivery of relevant Adult Services co-located within the Children’s and Families Locality Teams as well as further developing the Family Safeguarding Model and service including developing processes, interventions and performance management indicators. You will promote the service within children’s social care and with wider partner agencies as well as promoting a restorative, strengths based, ‘whole family’ safeguarding approach to working with parents and children.

What you’ll need to succeed

We are looking for a Social Worker or Nurse with significant experience and expertise working with parents affected by adult mental health, domestic abuse and substance misuse. We need a professional who has a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the value of intervention and support with families, including vulnerable adults who are parents. The Adult Service’s Family Safeguarding Service will be working predominantly with adults/parents where concerns about their mental health, substance misuse and/or domestic abuse is having a detrimental effect on their parenting ability and capacity to change in order to meet the needs of their children. Some parents may also have learning disabilities.

You will have a recognised nursing or social work qualification and be registered with the relevant professional body. You will have excellent organisational and communication skills and take pride in everything you do. You will be professionally curious, be able to provide high challenge and support and above all be outcome focused and have a ‘can do’ attitude. You must be able to work as part of a team to ensure that front-line practice contributes to meeting our agreed priorities.

What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.

What next

How to apply: To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the “job profile” and “how to apply” to ensure your application matches the requirements of the role. Please ensure you refer to the ‘how to apply’ document when you complete your application as there is information in there that you need to include and evidence in your application for this role.

Please ensure you fully read and follow the guidance so you fully demonstrate how you meet the points on the job profile.


Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and ‘adults at risk’, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board safer recruitment procedures.

To apply, please click here.