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Social Worker (Children in Care)

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County Wide Chesterfield and High Peak Area
Salary details
Grade 9-11 £35,038 - £43,713 per annum pro rata (including a Welcome Payment and Market Supplement)
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
37 Hours per week
Closing Date
08 October 2023
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At Derbyshire County Council, we are dedicated to making a difference in Derbyshire by investing in our team members!

That’s why we’re looking for enthusiastic and motivated qualified social workers to come and join our teams around the county.

We are excited to announce new and enhanced payment packages for the following grades which reflects our commitment to attracting and retaining top talent, ensuring our pay is rewarding and competitive:

  • Grade 9 - £35,038 pro rata made up of:
    • Basic salary per annum: £30,038
    • Market supplement payment per annum: £4,000 pro rata
    • Welcome Payment of £1,000 pro rata
  • Grade 10 - £38,245 - £39,314 pro rata made up of:
    • Basic salary per annum: £33,245 - £34,314 pro rata
    • Market supplement payment per annum: £3,000 pro rata
    • Welcome Payment of £2,000 pro rata
  • Grade 11 - £41,514 - £43,713 pro rata made up of:
    • Basic salary per annum: £36,514 - £38,713 pro rata
    • Market supplement payment per annum: £2,000 pro rata
    • Welcome Payment of £3,000 pro rata 

You will be joining a team with a staff group who have a range of experience and knowledge. The line manager has extensive experience within children in care and child protection and is part of a settled and committed management team.

It is essential that you have experience of creating rapport and building effective relationships with young people and families, to enable flexible and thoughtful social work practice and affect positive change in the lives of children and families.

Appointable post holder will require a Social Worker Qualification and Social Work England Registration. Please refer to the job description. 

We currently have an exciting opportunity ideally for 3 experienced social workers to join our children in care team in Chesterfield. We are looking for social workers who have an excellent understanding of children in care social work and demonstrates an aspiration to promote the best outcomes for children. We would also welcome applications from social workers who are interested in this specific area of work and are looking to develop and broaden their skills. 

About us

In recent years, we have successfully supported newly qualified social workers in advancing their careers with us and welcomed experienced social workers to our dedicated workforce.

Derbyshire is an ambitious and innovative Authority and is keen to continue to build upon our successful recruitment by adding to our existing workforce. We offer supportive frameworks and excellent progression opportunities.

We work hard to ensure that our Social Workers have the time and resources to be their best and deliver good outcomes for children and families. Our vision means working creatively to inspire and empower children, young people and their families to be the best they can be.

We want to shine a light on how valuable our employees are, the excellent work they do each day and utilise individuals unique qualities and strengths that makes up our diverse teams.

94% of our staff in Children’s Social Work are proud to work for Derbyshire County Council and we strive to offer the best service to our service users. (From our Annual Employee Survey 2022)

What can you expect from us?

We believe in recognizing your hard work and commitment by providing a comprehensive package that ensures you feel supported and valued:

  • A focus on achieving consistently manageable case loads
  • Accelerated pay progression opportunities
  • Access to an excellent range of training and development opportunities, worth over £5000
  • Systemic training equivalent to Post Graduate Certificate
  • Excellent supervision and a supportive peer network
  • Effective leadership and management
  • Fantastic opportunities for career progression and further formal qualifications
  • Diverse range of cases providing an exciting, challenging and rewarding career
  • DBS fee covered and Social Work England registration fee reimbursed

What rewards and benefits do we offer you?

In addition to Derbyshire being a fantastic place to live and work, with the miles of peaceful countryside and great transport links to several cities and towns, there are a number of benefits to being a Derbyshire County Council employee:

  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Our Derbyshire Rewards - Discounts from high street retailer and more
  • Generous annual leave and flexi time scheme
  • Travel expenses
  • Discount on leisure centre memberships
  • Free car parking at most sites
  • An in-house counselling service
  • Occupational Health service
  • Access to sessions with a trained physiotherapist
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Various Employee Networks championing inclusivity across the council

To get more insight on what it’s like to be a Social Worker in Derbyshire and what progression may look like for you, click here.

If you are Social Work qualified and have Social Worker England registration, or are a graduate waiting for registration, we would love to hear from you. If you would like any more information, then please contact socialwork.childrens@derbyshire.gov.uk

The market supplement paid as part of this role is as a separate payment made in addition to the normal salary as detailed above. All market supplement payments are reviewed 6 months prior to their proposed end date to determine whether the supplement should continue. The current market supplement payment is agreed until June 2025.

The initial one off lump sum welcome payment attached to this post is payable in your first salary. If you voluntarily leave the Council’s employment or move to an ineligible internal role, within 24 months of your start date, you will be required to repay all of this welcome payment.

Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. Click here to see our policy on criminal background checks.