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Supervising Social Worker

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/55644/37317
  • Published: Fri 27/10/2023, 10:49 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 24/11/2023, 9:49 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: £39355 - £42053 per annum + £6,000 additional payment
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Workplace: On-Site
  • Location: Surrey

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Supervising Social Worker

The starting salary for this role is £39,355 per annum and is based on a 36 working hour week.

We have a great opportunity for a full-time Supervising/Assessing Social Worker to join our Family and Friends Team within Surrey's Fostering Service, based at Woodhatch Place, Reigate.

The successful candidate will be part of a creative Fostering Service that works with the theories of trauma, attachment and loss, social pedagogy and restorative practice to ensure the best outcomes for our children.

The primary focus of the role will be assessing connected persons Foster Carers and proposed Special Guardians, as well as completing assessments for temporary approval under Regulation 24, supervising Connected Persons Foster carers and carrying out general tasks within the wider fostering team.

Self-motivated and accustomed to working to deadlines, you will have good IT and communication skills, with experience of establishing and nurturing multi-agency relationships.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position, your application will clearly evidence:

  • Experience of working with children and young people and a comprehensive knowledge of legislation relating to Looked After Children and Care Proceedings
  • Ability to work directly with the wider public, Foster Carers and young people, and able to produce clear, evidence based and analytical assessments
  • Flexibility to be able to work evenings and occasional weekends, as the role includes attending events and home visits outside office hours
  • You need to be a qualified Social Worker, registered with Social Work England
  • You will have a valid driver's licence and access to a vehicle

This role is primarily within the Fostering Team based at Woodhatch Place in Reigate but countywide travel and/or further afield will be required, therefore access to your own transport is essential.

To recognise, your exceptional skills and talent, further to a competitive salary, we are now offering a financial package of up to £6,000 to new permanent, qualified frontline case-holding social workers. (These are subject to tax and national insurance deductions and paid pro-rata if you are part time):

  • An unconsolidated welcome payment of £1,000 with a corresponding retention period of six months
  • A further unconsolidated retention payment of £2,000 on completion of six months service, with a corresponding retention period of twelve months
  • A final unconsolidated retention payment of £3,000 on completion of 18 months service with a corresponding retention period of two years.

Payment will be deducted from the final month salary should the corresponding tie in period not be completed.

This advert closes at 23:59 on 24th November 2023 with interviews to follow.

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.


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.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. A guaranteed interview will be offered to all disabled applications where:

  • The candidate has evidenced the minimum criteria for the role through their application
  • The candidate has chosen to share that they have a disability on the application form

Our application form and onboarding process will provide an opportunity to request any reasonable adjustments for the interview and/or the role.

We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.