Job details

Reference number - 2794-3445

Location - Portsmouth, Hampshire

Salary - £15,621 Level 2 or £15,894 Level 3 - depending on qualifications

Job type/hours - Up to 2 years Fixed Term - Full Time

Closing Date: midnight, on the 13th December 2019,

Applications received after this may not be considered.

Interviews will be held on 17th December. 


Service - Academy & Participation

We work alongside social workers, education, health, and early help advocating for children and young people's views to ensure participation, co-production is effective within Children and Families Service.

As a service we take pride in our work by valuing others, focusing on what's important so that we make a real and positive difference.  Our values are outlined in our Ways of Working and our Guiding Principles and if they reflect how you are and how you work then this could be the role that meets your expectations.


What is the role?

As a young person who is 16+ and are in or has been through the care system.  You will act as a role model for other children and young people in care and promoting equality across the services from early help to looked after children.    Your job is to improve the experiences for others in care by using your invaluable knowledge to inform, educate and inspire the people making decisions who are involved in the day to day support given to children and young people in care. 

To do this you will be involved in ensuring the quality of social work practice through delivery and inspections.  As well as recruiting children social care staff.  You will take part in recruitment events for Portsmouth Fostering, making presentations and running workshops and attending national events. 

You will also organise consultation and surveys, you will be actively involved in the training in social work matters skills academy.  You will be meeting Children, young people, Directors, Members, Senior Management Teams and social workers to influence the shaping of delivery of services whilst attending residential and support meetings.  You will also be involved in communicating to children and young people all the positive participation work that goes on in the children and families service, this will be done by updating our social media presence, regular newsletters, poster and letters.     


You will be working alongside the Participation Officer, Service Leader for the Academy and Participation and other professionals. 


Who is the person?

You need to have:

  • Been a looked after child in Portsmouth.
  • Good literacy
  • Numeracy skills
  • Listening skills
  • To be able to communicate and build relationships with other young people and professionals.
  • Have a passion about communication


Additional information:

We would like to offer the chance for any potential applicants  to shadow this job for a time to get the best experience of what the job entails, if you would like take this opportunity we can offer shadowing on the 5th or 12th of December, please contact Adam Murphy Participation Officer on 07411594490.


If you have any questions, or would like an informal discussion about the role, please call Adam Murphy Participation Officer on 07710199915 or Karley Middleton Service Leader Academy & Participation on 07432580632.


Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and young people, 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.

How to apply

Please see the application attached at the bottom of the job page and email your application to or by post to Recruitment, Portsmouth City Council, Floor 1, Core 5, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2EP ensuring the reference number and the Post Title are in the subject box – this will ensure your application is sent to the correct manager as quickly as possible.  We receive 1000’s of applications and do not always have the resource to investigate an application that is not clearly marked. If you do not receive an automated reply then we have not received your application.