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Social Worker (Adult Social Care) OCC614736

Job details


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

Work location: Bicester Courtyard (Main Office) with various locations in East Oxfordshire. Remote, face to face and office-based working is expected depending on the needs of the people supported.

Hours per week: 37  

Contract type: Permanent

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


Closing date: Friday 31st May 2024

Interview date: To be confirmed - Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and we reserve the right to close this vacancy if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

About us


Do you want to help us radically change the way we deliver social care?

Join Oxfordshire County Council on an exciting journey towards Delivering the Future Together, our ambitious transformation programme which is enabling us to be an employer, partner, and place shaper of choice.  We’re seeking the right people who can help us get there while embracing our value of ‘daring to do it differently’, as we continue to strive to do better.


In Adult Services, this means we're daring to do adult social care differently by supporting Oxfordshire’s residents to stay fit, healthy and independent in their communities for as long as possible through a strength’s-based approach.  Working with local NHS services, care providers and community and voluntary groups, we make the most of what each of our strengths are, pulling in the same direction, and united by one shared vision.


This means we keep the people we support at the heart of all that we do. And that works. By listening to people and building on the positives in their lives, we can work collaboratively to help them live the lives they want with the right support around them. 


It is something we call the Oxfordshire Way and we can’t do it alone – our proactive, positive approach to social care gives everyone the opportunity to make a bigger difference. If we’re doing a good job, we don’t stand still – we’re ambitious and we’re always striving to do better; it’s in our DNA.

About the role


We’re transforming the way we help our frontline social workers support our communities to get the best outcomes possible for each and every person we work with. We do this through our commitment of strengthened supervision, ongoing professional training and manageable caseloads, so that you can bring your best self to the people you work with.


We continue to be a financially stable local authority and our investment in Adult Services has created a number of vacancies; we are looking for Newly Qualified and Qualified Social Workers to join us and help shape and deliver our teams; it’s a really exciting time to join us!


Working alongside a high performing team you will support people by promoting their wellbeing and helping them achieve their identified outcomes. As part of this, you will:
•    Support people in your community, exploring new ideas and ways of doing things to improve and maintain their independence.
•    Support people to identify their preferred outcomes via a strength-based approach to assessment and care.
•    Support people and carers to ensure their voice is heard through advocacy.

About you


You are…


  • Driven to do things differently to embark on a journey of continuous improvement.
  • Willing to take responsibility, you are a self-leader with the ambition to lead your community in different areas of adult social care.
  • 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 collaboratively to achieve the best outcome.
  • Always learning, with an excellent working knowledge of legislation and statutory guidance in social care.
  • Passionate about following the professional standards of SWE with a commitment to continue your professional development.

Rewards and benefits


  • Up to 33 day’s holiday p.a. plus bank holidays - Option to ‘buy’ additional days
  • Membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, employer’s contribution of up to 19.9%
  • Relocation package up to a maximum of £8,000 to cover reimbursement of expenses for newly appointed employees (conditions apply in line with Council Policy)
  • Regular weekly and monthly formal and informal support and supervision
  • Local and national discounts for shopping and travel
  • Extensive Continuous Professional Development opportunities, career progression scheme including the opportunity to train as a PEP BIA or AMHP
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Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria 


For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Team Manager, Dommie Rey on 07584 581199 or Practice Supervisor Social Worker, Nicola Higgins on 07825 052745.



Application Procedure


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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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