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RAFT Family Worker (Ref: 2023_208)

Hybrid - County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight

Grade 8, £26,669 to £29,439 per annum

Contact: Ella Davies on ext. 6594 or

Vacancy Reference: 2023_208

Closing Date: 23/03/2023

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: 37 per week

The Resilience Around the Family Team (RAFT) are looking to recruit 1 full-time Family Worker to provide interventions to families in order to support children to remain safely at home.   

The successful applicants will plan interventions in conjunction with children and their parents or carers that will support families to make positive changes and enrich their family life together. This may include parenting advice and guidance, mediation and family agreements and child-focused work.

The RAFT team is a multidisciplinary team that offers a range of specialist areas of support for families and works in a strengths-based way to improve outcomes for them. Ofsted have rated us as a GOOD children's social care across all areas following our 2018 inspection.   Ofsted found that: 'Children's lived experience is at the centre of social work practice on the Island.'  'Aspirational and highly competent leaders have a clear and shared vision for children's services.'   

We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council whom Ofsted have rated as OUTSTANDING across all areas. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest in coming to work with us as part of the team.   

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Ella Davies, the RAFT Team Manager on ext. 6594 or email

Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.  A relocation scheme of up to £8,000 is available to new employees subject to qualifying criteria. Further details are available upon request.  The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination and this is supported by the Unacceptable Behaviour Policy, Employee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework. We actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.

The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer, who is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. In addition to this, we are also a
Disability Confident Employer. Along with a number of other areas of commitments, this means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.

This council and its schools recruit according to the council’s Recruitment, Policy and Procedure and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.  This role falls within the strategic partnership between the Isle of Wight Council and Hampshire County Council. The employer will be the Isle of Wight Council and employment is on Isle of Wight terms and conditions. Hampshire County Council has delivered, on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council, all of its children’s services functions and will continue to do so until 2023. The original five-year partnership arrangement under direction of the Secretary of State finished in 2018 but has been extended voluntarily by both local authorities for a further five years.
The management reporting line for this role is ultimately through Hampshire County Council Children’s Services Director/Assistant Director and managers who take operational responsibility for children’s services.

If you have difficulty completing your online application or if you need further information about how to apply, telephone 01983 823134 or email Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.  We often receive a high volume of applicants for our vacancies. If you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion. If unsuccessful, we actively encourage you to revisit our job pages and apply to alternate posts that may be suitable. 


Closing Date: 23 March 2023 

Interview Date: TBC