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Social Worker (Adult Social Care) OCC574531

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Salary range: £31,895 - £38,553 (Salary will be commensurate with level of experience)

Location: Various location depending on Team:

Hospital settings, Oxford City, Abingdon, Bicester, Banbury, Home working using a hybrid model within the Community Teams which helps to achieve work life balance. 

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

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Friday 14th October 2022 - We are constantly reviewing applications and if you are successfully shortlisted you will be contacted for interview before the closing date.

Interview date: To be arranged


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


Help us make Oxfordshire an even better place to live and work. When applying for a role please express your interest in which role you would like to be considered for.


Are you a passionate qualified Social Worker looking for a new challenge working within a creative, flexible, confident and ambitious organisation?


If you would like to join a team which is innovative, supportive and promotes the development of your skills in Adult Social Care then Oxfordshire is the place for you.

About us


You will be working in one of our teams alongside other professional colleagues, adults, their families and carers to understand what really matters to them through a strengths-based approach.  We believe by working closely with our communities, the NHS and our partners, understanding local needs, working with individuals in a positive and responsive way, we can make a real difference within our community.


About the role


We currently have vacancies in the following teams;


Locality Teams

Our 6 locality teams work with adults over 18 who have autism, learning disability, mental and physical health needs. Our work is underpinned by the Care Act (2014) which has the ‘wellbeing principle’ at its heart. It requires local authorities to undertake care needs assessments, safeguarding enquiries, arrange advocacy and provide support to people who have eligible support needs.

We hold the Council’s values in our approach to our work, by working together in a supportive and honest way, striving to find the best solutions and being open to change and doing things differently.

Our teams comprise of Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Co-ordinators, and Practice Supervisors who provide robust and regular supervision and support to all practitioners.


We use a strengths-based approach in our work. We have strong links with other resources including Community Hospital, Community Therapy Service, and our local District Council. Additionally, we work with our Fire Service, Police, and community groups to ensure the best outcomes are achieved by joint working and communication.


Moving into Adulthood Team

The Moving into Adulthood Team works with young adults between the ages of 16-25 who are eligible for support in accordance with the Care Act 2014. This is an exciting opportunity to give young people the best possible start to their adult lives and to make a real impact in their lives in order for them to reach their full potential. Establishing positive relationships with key stakeholders such as education, children’s social care and families is a must. You will be joining an ambitious, creative and supportive team who are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for our young people in Oxfordshire with additional needs.


Hospital Team

We are looking to recruit social workers to join our dedicated social work teams within Oxfordshire’s acute and community hospitals.  Our hospital teams support the wards to facilitate safe and timely discharges.  You will work closely within a multi-disciplinary team based on the individual wards, within a fast-paced hospital setting.  To achieve this, you will advocate and assist people to promote their independence, support people with complex need and often changing situations to ensure they have the maximum level of choice and control available to them which promotes the principles of The Care Act and MCA. Oxfordshire is at the forefront of the transformation agenda and we value innovative thinking providing an exciting opportunity for the right candidate as the service explores new ways of working in hospital discharge.  It is a great opportunity to make a difference.


Safeguarding Team

The Countywide Adult Safeguarding team provides an excellent opportunity for individual development, as well as being part of a very supportive and enthusiastic team.  You will play a key part in terms of providing a first-class timely response to adults at risk, and undertake strength based, person-centred enquiries in accordance with s.42 of The Care Act, Making Safeguarding Personal and the Mental Capacity Act. This role requires you to work in a collaborative way with local partners in heath, the police as well as provider services to maximise individual wellbeing, and to enable the person to achieve their outcomes.

About you


  • You will have a social work qualification
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment
  • Have the passion to promote people’s strengths and the ability to make a difference.


You will need to have the ability to travel to and to access a variety of premises across Oxfordshire and meet the requirements set out in the selection criteria of the job description.

Rewards and benefits


  • Regular monthly formal and informal support and supervision
  • Weekly team catch ups
  • Extensive Continuous Professional Development opportunities, career progression scheme including PEPS, AMHP
  • Flexible working options (we promote and support agile working except where you are required onsite within a hospital setting)
  • High quality digital equipment provided to all staff
  • Safe, supportive and positive working environment
  • Competitive salary
  • Annual leave up to 29 days
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • In line with County Council Policy, we also offer a relocation package up to a maximum of £8,000 to cover reimbursement of expenses for newly appointed employees who need to move home to take a job with Oxfordshire County Council (conditions apply)
  • EAP and access to health and wellbeing support
  • Local and national discounts for travel and shopping


Our values

Together we want to make the council an even better place to work. Our new values – chosen entirely by staff - reflect not only who we are now, but how we can thrive in the future. Our values are

  • Always learning
  • Be kind and care
  • Equality and integrity in all we do
  • Taking responsibility
  • Daring to do it differently 


All employees will be expected to demonstrate commitment to these values and their associated behaviours, and this begins with the application process.

Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Moving into Adulthood Job Description and Selection Criteria


Please click here to view the Social Worker Job Description and Selection Criteria



For an informal discussion about the role please contact Sam Harper on 07584 909482 for an informal chat.

Application Procedure


To apply, please complete an online application form by clicking Apply Now. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the selection criteria, as specified in the job posting. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory.  


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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, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for staff.


Our commitment to safeguarding


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 these commitments.


Guaranteed interviews


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.


We are open to discussions about flexible working.


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