Homelessness Social Worker – Full time

Turning Tides is a multifunctional, complex needs homelessness organisation that works in Worthing, Adur, Littlehampton, Horsham and Mid Sussex. It has over 150 staff and 250 volunteers. Its mission is to end local homelessness.

This role provides a unique opportunity to work as a qualified social worker within the voluntary sector. You will be given the autonomy to develop and grow the role; directly delivering interventions and support to clients while also providing advice and support to staff.

Candidates must hold a current Social Work qualification. As the registered social worker, you will provide bespoke social work interventions that meets the needs of our diverse client group. The role provides the opportunity to make a real difference to individuals experiencing homelessness and their children.

The role will involve managing a caseload and working closely with statutory services ensuring that clients’ needs are met under the provision of the Care Act 2014. The ability to create positive relationships with key stakeholders, including local statutory agencies, and raising awareness of the barriers people experiencing homelessness face, is key to the success of this role.

Experience of working with vulnerable adults experiencing multiple exclusions, along with knowledge of mental health and substance misuse is essential to this role. The successful candidate will work alongside clients to help them achieve their goals and ambitions, recognising individuals as the experts of their experiences and futures. Through the promotion of choice and dignity, you will adopt an advocacy approach to ensure people’s rights are upheld.

As part of Turning Tides’ Multidisciplinary Team you will benefit from the teams’ experience and knowledge of different parts of the system. You will need to be able to work independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and responsibility for completing tasks, whilst being able to communicate with a wide range of people. We are looking for someone with a commitment to their own professional development and ability to manage and plan their workload, ensuring deadlines and targets are met.

We will consider job shares and flexible working requests.

A full job description and person specification along with an application form are available to download from our website.

To apply, please ensure you complete an application form, including your responses to the shortlisting criteria (in Person Specification), along with a completed Equal Opportunities Questionnaire.

You can either fill out these forms online or download them from the right and send to: recruitment@turning-tides.org.uk. Please note we do not accept CV’s.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 02 May 2021

Interview date: Tuesday 11 May 2021

No agencies please.


Turning Tides aims to create an environment which respects and welcomes everyone and is committed to achieving a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We value, respect and celebrate diversity. We encourage applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their history.

We are a ‘Covid-secure’ employer and have taken all necessary measures to protect our employees in line with the latest Government guidance and the Coronovirus Act 2020. Additional information and advice, including an individual employee Covid-19 risk-assessment will be carried out prior to commencement of employment.

Turning Tides requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults. Successful applicants (dependent on role) are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Please be aware of our Privacy Policy, which is available to view by visiting: https://www.turning-tides.org.uk/about-us/privacy-policy/

Please note that we will only contact the candidates that have been shortlisted for interview. If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks please assume you have been unsuccessful this time.

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Homelessness Social Worker – Full time


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Worthing, with some travel required to Littlehampton, Horsham and Mid-Sussex


37.5 hours per week


£27,841.24 per annum

Closing date:

2nd May 2021

Interview date:

11th May 2021

Support us to make a difference​

Millions of people in England are only one pay cheque away from being homeless.

Turning Tides have provided support to thousands of local men and women in West Sussex for almost 30 years.

We provide a warm, safe space to listen to anyone who comes to us for help. Our support services empower people to find the strength and belief in themselves to create a brighter future.

Together we can make a difference and end homelessness where you live.


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