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Social Worker (South Oxfordshire) OCC611314

Job details


Salary range: £35,745 - £42,403 per annum - Based upon experience

Work location: Abbey House, Abingdon - We are an agile working organisation; you may be required to work from office base or remote depending on the needs of the children and young people we support

Hours per week: 37 - we are open to discussions about flexible working  

Contract type: Permanent

Vetting requirements: This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check.


Closing date: Wednesday 31st July 2024


About us


We care for you so that you can care for others.


At Oxfordshire County Council you don’t just work for us… you learn, grow, and thrive with us.


Our promise to “Work together to help children, young people, and families to thrive” underpins everything we do. Our practice approach is all about the importance of building relationships, listening, empowering people, understanding need, building on strengths and “doing with”.


Embark on the new year with the support of Oxfordshire County Council where our high performing team of Social Workers provide the wrap around support that’s essential to feel safe and fulfilled at work.  We do this through our commitment of regular supervision, ongoing professional training and stable leadership so that you can bring your best self to the people you support.


We know that when you thrive, the children we work with thrive.


About the role


You will work predominantly with children in care aged 0-18, including those becoming adopted, children within long term foster placements or seeking alternative permanence arrangements and young people residing in residential or supported accommodation. As part of this, you will:

  • Work with challenging young people who have been assessed as needing either permanent, or a prolonged period of care away from their homes.
  • Empower looked after children and young people by ensuring their voice is heard. 
  • Proactively liaise with and work in partnership with other agencies and organisations, parents, and carers.



About you


You are…

  • Kind and caring, with an understanding of and respect for individuals’ qualities, abilities, and diverse backgrounds. 
  • Advocating for equality and integrity in all you do, and with your strong communication skills you work effectively with challenging young people, children, their families, and other professionals to achieve the best outcomes. .  
  • Always learning, with a degree in social work (or equivalent) plus Social Work England registration, and an excellent working knowledge of statutory guidance relevant to social care.
  • Willing to take responsibility and deliver on the vision of Oxfordshire County Council.  
  • Driven to do things differently to ensure that children and young people are supported to live well with the right support at the right time and in the right place.


Rewards and benefits


Learn more about how #wecare for you…

  • Competitive salary from £35,745 - £46,464.
  • Welcome and Loyalty payment of £3,500 to experienced social workers.
  • Relocation allowance of up to £8,000
  • Annual leave starting at 30 days per year (plus bank holidays)
  • Membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, with an employer’s contribution of up to 19.9%
  • Flexible working – full or part time hours available
  • Employee Assistance Programme including access to health and wellbeing support 24 x7, all year round.
  • Enhanced family friendly policies 
  • Childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, electric car scheme, staff discounts with a range of retailers including travel, holidays, insurance, restaurants, health & leisure activities. 
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities
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Would you like to know more?



Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria


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Our commitment to:
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, or on maternity or family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support, education and safe spaces for all.

Our commitment to:
Guaranteed Interview Schemes

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education, we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.

Our commitment to:

Oxfordshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect these commitments.

Our commitment to:
Flexible Working

We are open to discussions about flexible working, which can include flexi-time, part time working, job sharing, nine-day fortnights and annualised hours, depending on the requirements of the role and the service.

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