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Social Worker, Snr Social Worker Advan Social Worker : Looked after Children
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: SCC/20/119760
  • Published: Thu 23/01/2020, 11:11 AM
  • Closing on: Thu 30/04/2020, 11:11 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: £35,382 - £44,619 per annum
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Surrey Wide, Surrey

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Social Worker, Snr Social Worker Advan Social Worker : Looked after Children

Be the difference
We are building a new approach,
To put children and young people at the heart of everything we do.

“In the past year we've really been putting in place the bedrock, what I call the conditions for success. The second step of our journey is all about the quality of the work, the relationships between our socil workers and the children and their families, how we support our staff, how we support people and how we really get the best quality of services. The third step will be about getting ourselves to outstanding services, and we want you to be part of that journey.”

Dave Hill, Executive Director – Children, Family and Learning

Surrey County Council have realigned services to provide a more seamless service to children and their families  so to reduce the number of case holders supporting children coming in to contact with professionals from the front door to becoming looked after.

As a Social Worker in a Looked After Children's Team, your aim and role will be to support children living with relatives, friends or foster families and perspective adopters or older children living in children's homes and semi-independent units. You will be responsible for ensuring their safety and support them towards independence.

Through regular visits, assessments and reviewing their Care Plan, you will nurture and develop meaningful relations with these children; understand and interpret their wishes and champion and support them to reach their full potential. Occasionally, you will be required to prepare reports and attend court. You will be supported in this challenging role with regular supervision, and by working alongside other social workers, family support workers and partnership organisations such as: Health Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Independent Reviewing officers and carers.

Due to the location of some of our placements, you will have the opportunity to travel to other parts of the country.

Hear what our Looked after Children say about our Social Workers

“My social worker helped by getting me employment,
 I had no motivation to work or do anything.”

“Best experience is when they just sat there and
 listened to me even though they couldn’t fix everything at the time.”

“When in care I had a really good social worker
 who campaigned to stay in foster placement
 even though told it was too expensive.
I was settled and didn’t want to move schools.”

Our offer

We offer £34,688 - £38, 476 per annum for Social Workers and £39,438 - £43,744 per annum Senior Social Workers and Advanced Social Worker dependent on level of experience, based at one of our 4 Office locations in Guildford (South West), Woking (North West) Redhill (South East) & Leatherhead (Walton-on-Thames).

The Social Worker Start Up Package of up to £2,000 (paid pro rata for part time employees) for new employees joining Surrey County Council as a Social Worker in the Children, Schools and Families Directorate on a permanent basis.

Interested in a new challenge?

By simply registering your interest by pressing APPLY, with the following details, we will be able to have an informal conversation with you to help you understand if we are the sort of employer you would like to work for and to discuss team opportunities. Please have your HCPC Registration Number to hand.
Or if you would just like to have a chat?

If you would like to find out more please email with the following details or call us on 01483 518672

We look forward to speaking to you!

Additional information

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 28 days annual leave, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.

Values and behaviours

Our values are what support our vision, shape the culture and are crucial in delivering our corporate strategy. For more information about our values and behaviours please follow this link.