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Adults Senior Social Worker
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/779/28909
  • Published: Fri 11/11/2022, 15:47 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 27/11/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £41,127 - £45,519 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Frimley

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Adults Senior Social Worker

The starting salary for this role is £41,127 per annum for working 36 hours per week (pro-rata for part-time staff).

This is a permanent full-time position, however, part-time applications will be considered.

Applicants who are interested in a 12-month Fixed Term/Secondment contract in preference to a permanent position are welcome to apply.  Please make this clear on your application if this is the caseFor internal staff interested in a Secondment, please ensure you seek your Line Manager's approval before submitting your application.

As part of our greener future strategies and our commitment to creating a healthy work-life balance, we welcome a conversation with you regarding our remote working options. Remote working to us is a balance of spending time in our communities, our offices and working from home or wherever works best. As part of an acute hospital we operate a rota system which is a combination of home working, office based and duty. 

The Hospital service runs from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. In practice you are likely to be required to work a minimum of one weekend shift per month and one late shift per week. Staff who are on the rota to work a shift falling on a weekend will be given a day off in lieu. Full time applicants will be contracted to a 36-hour week and these hours will be worked on a rota basis across 7 days a week.

Applicants must hold a valid driving licence to drive in the UK and have access to a car.

Are you an experienced, qualified, SWE registered Social Worker with at least 3 years' post registration experience as a social worker in a social care or multi-agency community setting? Are you looking to gain hospital experience in a Senior position? If so, this could be just the opportunity for you to join our friendly team.

For this role you will need to have completed your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). This applies to candidates who qualified in or after 2012.

Do you excel in your profession and are you interested in the challenges of working in a busy, high volume, professional environment?

As a Senior Social Worker, you will be motivated, flexible and have high professional standards and sound knowledge and experience of current legislation and its application to practice in a social care setting.

An applied knowledge of The Care Act and The Mental Capacity Act and experience of undertaking safeguarding enquiries is essential alongside experience of working in complex situations using professional judgement and a range of interventions.

As an established Social Worker in the team you will have experience in supporting professional staff. This includes providing professional and reflective supervision, guidance and advice to less experienced social workers, including those completing ASYE and social work students. In this role you will lead and establish best practice alongside your peers as well as demonstrating exemplary professional values and behaviours.

To be shortlisted to interview your application will clearly evidence:

  • That you are a qualified social worker with SWE registration and have a social work degree with at least 3 years' post registration experience as a social worker in a social care or multi-agency community setting.
  • Successful completion of ASYE if qualified after June 2012 (Social Workers).
  • A broad knowledge of social work practice and legislation, including safeguarding.
  • An ability to demonstrate excellent assessment and analytical skills.
  • That you are a car driver with full valid UK driving licence and use of a motor vehicle.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 27th November 2022.

Interviews will take place week commencing 5th December 2022.

For internal candidates: if you are interested in a 12-month secondment opportunity in preference to a permanent position, please seek your Line Manager's approval before submitting your application.

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.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Dean Samber by e-mail at

We look forward to receiving your application and personal statement, please click on the apply online button below to submit.


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 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

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.