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.”
We offer £35,382 - £39, 246 per annum for Social Workers and £40,227 - £44,619 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) & Walton-on-Thames (North East).
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?
If you are a registered, qualified Social Worker with Social Work England (or equivalent) simply register your interest by pressing APPLY, and sharing some basic 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 Social Work England (or equivalent) registration number to hand.
We look forward to speaking to you!
“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 social 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 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.
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