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Social Workers

£30,451 - £32,234 pro rata
Suffolk County Council


Recruiting countywide for Social Workers in Adult Social Services, Adult Community Services (ACS).

Working to find the right specialist service, team and location for you in Suffolk.

We have vacancies in the following areas: (See team description for further details about the teams)

  • Learning Disability and Autism Team (West)
  • Mental Health (section 75) Bury South IDT.
  • Integrated Neighbourhood Team (Woodbridge)
  • Integrated Neighbourhood Team (Leiston)
  • Integrated Neighbourhood Team (Eye)
  • CHC team (Ipswich and East)
  • Dementia Team (Ipswich and East)

Please indicate on the application form which vacancy you are interested in applying for.

We recognise that our staff are our greatest resource and with you in our team, we can achieve some of our authority's priorities of enabling everyone to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives, while safeguarding the most vulnerable people in Suffolk.

Your role

As a professional Social Worker, you will play a key role in promoting personalisation, independence, wellbeing and choice by providing a social care service to adults with care and support needs and their carers; carrying out complex strengths-based assessments / reviews, short term enablement plans, specialist mental capacity assessments, support plans and safeguarding plans.

As part of ACS, you will have the opportunity to empower Suffolk residents to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives. You will strive to support independence amongst people accessing our services, using our Supporting Lives, Connecting Communities framework and Signs of Safety and Wellbeing practice approach. This approach draws on strengths, resources and networks that people and families have, to identify and build solutions that work for them and respects people as experts in their own lives.

The ACS service

We aim to support people achieve the outcomes that matter to them in their lives, promoting their wellbeing and independence through both statutory and non-statutory interventions and preventing or reducing their need for reliance on others.

We are ambitious in what we want to achieve with you, your team and service in the future. Our focus is on early intervention, recovery and enabling people to live a healthy and independent life for as long as possible; exercising choice and control while ensuring safety, dignity and quality of life.

The team

You will hold a key role within a multidisciplinary team comprising of:

  • Team Manager
  • Senior Practitioners
  • Senior Social Workers
  • Senior Occupational Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Senior Independence and Wellbeing Practitioners
  • Independence Wellbeing Practitioners.

We offer you:

  • an induction to the role, with support from peers and mentors
  • ongoing training, to support your personal and professional development
  • a free DBS check
  • development of integrated teams with community health colleagues
  • a Newly Qualified ASYE Programme and cohort along with Occupational Therapists
  • Supporting Lives, Connecting Communities framework
  • Signs of Safety and Wellbeing practice approach
  • generous annual leave entitlement.

The benefits include:

  • flexible working options available to support you, your work-life balance and career
  • a relocation scheme for qualifying new employees of up to £8,000
  • free parking for you as a peripatetic worker
  • public transport discounts and season ticket loan scheme
  • tax free bikes through our cycle to work scheme
  • a contributory pension scheme
  • a benefits scheme that includes childcare voucher, salary sacrifice scheme
  • a free 24/7 support line, providing general information, counselling and legal advice
  • a wide range of staff support networks and representative bodies.

Career path:

  • Newly Qualified (Grade 5): £28,672 rising after *ASYE (The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment)
  • Experienced (Grade 5): £30,451 - £32,234
  • Senior (Grade 6): £32,910 - £35,536
  • moving onto team manager level, professional advisor and practice governance roles.

This organisation positively encourages the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role you will need to operate across a wide and rural area, so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means.

A relevant social work qualification and Social Work England registration is essential.

For more information about geographical areas and services, please view the ACS map of Suffolk.

For a chat about this role, please email: acs-enquiries@suffolk.gov.uk or call:

  • Jenny Blades on (01473) 264525 for Ipswich and East Locality
  • Matthew Finlay on (01473) 263216 for Independence and Wellbeing Service
  • Kirsty Bailey on (01473) 263447 for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities and Autism
  • Chonde Nkowani on (01502) 674940 for North Locality
  • Tracy McCormick on (01284) 758451 for West Locality
  • Nichola Bennett on (01473) 263238 for Adult Safeguarding.
  • Tracey Rowe on 07766777271 for Mental Health (Section 75)

Apply by CV and a short online form and we will support you in finding the right team for you.

If you are considering applying for a secondment, please read the secondment policy and ensure you have sought permission to apply before completing your application.

This authority 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. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. We are also committed to flexible working. For the types of flexible or part time working available for specific roles, please see the Job and Person Profile. Suffolk County Council - welcoming diversity.