Social Work Resource Officer

Posted on 10 November 2021
  • Directorate BHCC: Families Children & Learning
  • Salary £27,741 - £32,234 full time salary
  • Contract Permanent
  • Closing Date This vacancy has closed


Brighton and Hove

Job Summary

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  • Positions available
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    This vacancy has closed
  • Job category
    Social Work - Children
  • Organisation
    Brighton & Hove City Council

Job introduction

We are currently looking for a part time (22.5 hours) Social Work Resource Officer (SWRO)  within the new Whole Life Pathway Disability Service.

Brighton & Hove has carried out an innovative restructure of its services for children and adults with learning disabilities to create a strong, sustainable, and ambitious whole life pathway disability service. This new service is called the Specialist Community Disability Service (SCDS).

The management of children’s and adults (integrated multi-disciplinary) disability services has been merged within our Families, Children and Learning Directorate with two new Heads of Service, one with responsibilities for aged 0-24 and the other for 25+. The Heads of Service have responsibility for three social work assessment teams or pods whose functions are differentiated by the ages 0-13, 14-24 and 25+. The formation of the Specialist Community Disability Service is already proving itself successful in ensuring that service users are provided with a more positive transition to adulthood. This is reflected in positive feedback from both service users, families, and professionals. 

About the role

We have an opportunity for a Social Work Resource Officer SWRO  within the whole life disability service. This role is within the 0-18 part of the service where we are seeking a candidate with experience primarily in children’s social work.

We have developed a whole system that provides containment for workers so that they can build ongoing relationships with families and use these relationships to make a difference for children and young people.  This system is made up of small teams, or pods, of workers who get to know each other and the families they are supporting.  This role will sit within the 0-13 POD but will work with young people from 0- 18.

We have an opportunity for a part-time, Social Work Resource Officer as part of the new whole life pathway disability service. This team has a specialism in Childrens work and currently works with those aged 0-18. Candidates with experience in both Childrens and Adults work is preferable but not essential. Candidates with only experience in Childrens work but can show an enthusiasm to learn about the area of adult work are very welcome.

The Team provides a challenging and exciting range of social care services to children and young people with disabilities. This includes supporting children and young people via assessment and development of support packages. Part of the development of the new whole life pathway disability service there may also be an opportunity to support adults in the future.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be responsible for managing their own caseload autonomously with the support of their supervisor/manager
  • Have the skills to work within an integrated multi-agency setting
  • Be able to support a service undergoing some exciting changes and developments
  • Ideally, have experience of both children and adults statutory social work or be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm to learn about the area of social work they are less familiar with
  • Whilst prior experience of working with children, young people or adults with disabilities is not essential it would be an advantage
  • Demonstrate a keen interest in developing their knowledge and skills in relation to disabilities

If you need further information or would like to discuss your interest in this role, please contact:

Peter Houlders SCDS 0-13 POD manager on 07795335688  or

As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Supporting statement guidance ( as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.

Work Permits: This role does not meet the requirement for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Successful candidates will need to evidence that they have the Right to Work in the UK.

Regulations now require all staff who undertake work within CQC registered care homes to be fully vaccinated against Covid 19, unless they satisfy one of the medical/legal exemptions.  Being fully vaccinated or being medically/legally exempt will be a condition of your employment and you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status or medical/legal exemption as part of the recruitment process for this role

Company information

Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce..


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