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Social Worker (Specialist Disabled Children’s Service)

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Polygon Centre, Alfreton Park, Alfreton
Salary details
Grade 9 - 11 £15,018.96 - £19,356.48 *A market supplement (is in place until the end of June 2025)
Job term
Part Time
Appointment type
18 hours and 30 minutes per week
Closing Date
11 June 2023
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About the role

This is a part-time post (18:30hrs) based within the Safeguarding and Specialist Disabled Children’s Service in the Erewash team at The Polygon, Alfreton, alongside other experienced Social Workers, Community Care Workers and Children’s Occupational Therapists.

The role is currently being carried out with a hybrid working arrangement, predominantly working from home with the occasional requirement to work from the office. Whilst we have found this way of working an effective way of carrying out the role we cannot guarantee that this arrangement will continue once the successful candidates are in place.

Derbyshire is committed to increasing the number of social workers as part of our strategy to reduce caseloads and promote effective working relationships with children and families through our systemic approach to social work intervention.

We support newly qualified social workers to progress in their career through supportive frameworks and excellent progression opportunities. We work hard to ensure that our social workers have the time and resources to 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.

What will you be doing?

  • Provide a quality social work service that supports individuals and communities to achieve their potential.
  • Effectively manage a caseload to achieve the best outcomes for individuals, groups, and communities.
  • Working in partnership with individuals build and sustain relationships, identify needs, and develop plans and responses that meet those needs.

What skills and experience do you need?


  • BA Honours in Social Work and current Social Work England registration (refer to job and person profile for more information).
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a person-centred approach to building a rapport and relationships with children and families.
  • Ability to reflect on own practice and development enabling flexible and thoughtful social work practice and positive change.

For Newly Qualified Social Workers the starting salary is £34,038 pro rata.

In line with our performance capability framework, systemic practice model and continued professional development, qualified registered social workers are eligible to progress from grade 9 to 11, which attracts a salary of between £34,038 up to £40,713 pro rata.

Posts in our child protection and children in care teams currently include a market supplement (in place until the end of June 2023). This is a separate payment made in addition to the basic salary as detailed.

Market supplement:

Appointed on

Basic salary per annum

Market supplement payment per annum

Salary including market supplement per annum

Grade 9: pay point 19


£4,000 pro rata

£34,038 pro rata

Grade 10: pay points 20 to 23

£31,109 to £34,314 pro rata

£3,000 pro rata

£34,109 to £37,314 pro rata

Grade 11: pay points 24 to 27

£35,414 to £38,713 pro rata

£2,000 pro rata

£37,414 to £40,713 pro rata


We believe that hard work and commitment to your role should be rewarded, so we offer a package to our social workers that will ensure you always feel supported and valued:

  • manageable case loads
  • diverse range of cases providing an exciting, challenging and rewarding career
  • effective leadership and management which helps to reduce risk for our social workers and the children and families they support
  • excellent supervision and a supportive peer network
  • accelerated pay progression opportunities for frontline social workers following their ASYE
  • systemic training equivalent to a foundation level Post Graduate Certificate
  • access to an excellent range of training and development opportunities, worth over £5000, including leadership and management development
  • Corporate membership with Research in Practice – allowing access to reputable, evidence-based research, training, and resources
  • fantastic opportunities to undertake further formal qualifications and career progression through our career pathways
  • DBS check undertaken and paid for by us
  • Social Work England registration fee reimbursed

For more information on Children and Family services and becoming a social worker in Derbyshire please visit https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social-health/children-and-families/social-worker-recruitment/be-a-social-worker-for-derbyshire.aspx 

If you would like to talk to someone informally about this post, please ring and ask for Kerrie Cooke, 07776 151447.

What benefits do we offer you?

  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • 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

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.