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Newly Qualified Children's Social Worker OCC1529

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Salary range: £30,507 pro-rata, per annum starting salary, with progression up to £36,876 per annum. Up to £8,000 Relocation package

Work location: Countywide, Oxfordshire

Hours per week: Full and part time - flexible working options considered

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Friday 7th August 2020

Assessment day (online): Wednesday 9th September 2020


Vetting requirements: This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check. Please note that under safer recruitment requirements, references will be requested prior to interview. 



Start strong. Join us in Oxfordshire:


  • a great place to live and work
  • a great place to develop your social work career
  • a great place to make a real difference!

We are looking for ambitious, newly qualified social workers to kick start their careers with Oxfordshire County Council’s Assessed & Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme which, through our Social Care Academy, will give you access to fantastic learning, professional development and career progression opportunities.


You will join an inspiring group of social workers and have access to an ASYE programme that is tailored to your individual needs. We will provide a supported induction, with protected time at our Academy before you start working with families! You will have the opportunity to gain a broad range of statutory social work experience – everything you need to give your career a strong start. We know that your first year can be daunting, but we will be with you every step of the way by offering outstanding support when it is needed.


In Oxfordshire, you will have an opportunity to learn in a fast-paced, positive, safe and supportive learning environment. It’s a place where you’ll be able to be curious, reflect and ask when you don’t know! We are committed to continual learning and development, and of course, safeguarding vulnerable children is our priority.


Our Social Care Academy is designed to make Oxfordshire a centre of excellence for children’s social care and improve outcomes for children and families. It’s a place where social workers can excel and grow – just like our two Deputy Directors who started with us as a social worker and team manager respectively!


You’ll be joining us at a hugely exciting time as we introduce a transformational new practice model to Children’s Services – Family Safeguarding Plus.  This practice model uses a strengths-based approach, with motivational interviewing at its heart, to help families achieve great outcomes. You’ll join part of a multi-disciplinary team comprised of specialist adult workers as well as children’s social workers, to tackle parental difficulties. The model will reduce the number of social workers children and families work with, which will in turn help build stronger, more effective relationships that can engender sustainable change.


 At a time when many local authorities are seeing financial cuts, Oxfordshire is making significant investments into children’s social care, specifically for frontline services and our new practice model. Our priority is to reduce caseloads and paperwork to allow social workers to spend more time with children and families, who are at the heart of everything we do.



One of our Social Workers who did their AYSE with Oxfordshire says:


“I felt that the council valued us by investing in this programme, designed just for us, where we could safely practise what I had learned at university and during our days in the Academy and teams, and talk honestly about issues that came up.


“It was very helpful to have a group of people all start together and that really eased my start into the teams. We got to know each other well in those first weeks and we still rely on each other.”




Successful applicants will:


  • Be qualified and Social Work England registered (or in process of)
  • Have good communication skills, with the ability to build relationships, engage with children and families
  • Have the ability to produce concise, effective and accurate written work
  • Be resilient, with the ability to manage the emotional impact of the work, actively making use of appropriate support
  • Be required to travel as part of the role as we cover locations throughout rural parts of the county



In return, we can offer you:


We know that working in children’s social care can be an absolute pleasure and privilege, whilst also acknowledging the challenges. We are committed to ensuring that our social care workforce has the right support physically and emotionally to enable them to be safe and well in their work and to continue providing high quality support to children and families. Our benefits package includes:


  • A competitive salary starting at £30,507 per annum starting salary, with progression up to £36,876 per annum.
  • A pension package of up to 20% employer contribution.
  • Manageable caseloads in a service rated ‘good’ by Ofsted. Not only is it important that you love what you do, but it’s also important to be able to manage your workload and devote the right amount of attention to each case. Being one of 16 authorities rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, as a Social Worker, you get the support you need.
  • Flexible working. We do all we can to ensure that every one of our employees has a healthy work-life balance. Our agile working policy means you can work across council sites or from home to suit your needs and we support flexible working hours. You will be provided with a laptop, mobile phone and Skype for Business to facilitate agile working.
  • Generous annual leave allowance. We know that as a social worker, you do an invaluable job. We offer a generous holiday allowance starting at 29 days per year (plus bank holidays) to help demonstrate how much we value the work you do. We also offer an annual leave purchase scheme.
  • Relocation expenses. We know moving is expensive, so we offer up to £8,000 financial assistance towards property deposits and to ‘grease the wheels’ of the removal van.
  • A caring and supportive culture. We are passionate about keeping people safe, well and independent, whilst making a positive contribution. We host regular listening events and have a well at work scheme, which focuses on health and wellbeing. There’s also a social presence, with yoga classes, sports teams and more.
  • Other benefits include: Childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, staff discount scheme for a range of retailers, holidays, insurance, restaurants, health & leisure activities and rail travel.



Interested in joining us?


You can quickly and easily apply, by clicking the Apply Now button and uploading your CV and a personal statement to support your application. You can also contact us – by email if you have any questions. We’ll be holding our assessment day online for those who are shortlisted at the start of September.


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria.




Our Organisation is 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 this commitment.


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. 


All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to flexible working arrangements.


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