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Social Worker (Children in Care)

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Clay Cross Area Office
Salary details
Grade 9 - 11 £31,963 - £40,638 plus market supplement
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
37 hours per week
Closing Date
03 March 2024

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 - £36,963 pro rata made up of:
    • Basic salary per annum: £31,963
    • Market supplement payment per annum: £4,000 pro rata
    • Welcome Payment of £1,000 pro rata
  • Grade 10 - £38,245 - £41,239 pro rata made up of:
    • Basic salary per annum: £33,034 to £36,239 pro rata
    • Market supplement payment per annum: £3,000 pro rata
    • Welcome Payment of £2,000 pro rata
  • Grade 11 - £42,339 - £45,638 pro rata made up of:
    • Basic salary per annum: £37,339 to £40,638  pro rata
    • Market supplement payment per annum: £2,000 pro rata
    • Welcome Payment of £3,000 pro rata

Derbyshire is a large authority divided into six localities: Amber Valley, Chesterfield, Erewash, High Peak (Buxton, Glossop, New Mills, and Matlock), Bolsover and North-East, and South Derbyshire.  Alongside our Locality teams we have a countywide Children with Disabilities Service.

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

 Provisional Interview Date: 11 March 2024

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.

Apply now and take the first step towards a fulfilling career with us! By joining Derbyshire County Council you will have access to a range of amazing rewards and employee benefits, including our generous annual leave scheme, excellent local government pension and fantastic employee discounts. To discover more detail about the rewards and benefits available to you, click here


This role currently offers hybrid working options which will be to subject service needs, there'll be an opportunity to discuss working arrangements for this position at interview.