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Social Worker / Senior Practitioner (Family Solutions Plus) OCC582691

Job details


Salary range: £39,186 - £46,464 per annum 

Work location: Based in either Central, North or South Oxfordshire. We are an agile working organisation; you may be required to work from office base or remote locations 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



About us


Working together to help Children, young people, and families to thrive.


Join Oxfordshire County Council on an exciting journey towards Delivering the Future Together, our ambitious transformation programme which will enable 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 our Children, Education, & Families Directorate, we do our very best to help children, young people, and families to thrive. We know the importance of building relationships, empowering people, and building on strengths and this is reflected in our restorative, relational practice approach.


We’ve been consistently rated as “good” by Ofsted, but we are not content with that; we are ambitious and want to do even better! Oxfordshire County Council is a financially stable local authority which is committed to investing in Children, Education, and Families, to ensure that we have the resources we need to make a real difference to the families we work with.  This includes the successful operation of our transformational model Family Solutions Plus (FSP).



About the role


We’ve transformed the way we help our frontline social workers get the best outcomes possible for every child and family we work with. We do this through manageable caseloads, great management support, reflective supervision, continual professional development in a learning environment, and unwavering focus on your wellbeing, so that you can always bring your best self to the children you support.


“Implementing the FSP Model has been a welcome change to the work that we do…. as a social worker, it has allowed me to feel that I am not working alone. It has reinvigorated the work that I do and brought better support to families.”
Senior Practitioner, Family Solutions Plus


Learn more about what we’re doing:

About Families Solutions Plus

Working for OCC Children’s Services


We are looking for Newly Qualified Social Workers, Qualified Social Workers, Assistant Team Manager, & Team Managers to join us and help shape and deliver our teams; it’s a really exciting time to join us!


As part of our team, you will:

  • Focus on successful outcomes for families using a relational, strengths-based approach.
  • Use motivational interviewing to engage and support families with making the changes they need.
  • Be supported with individual supervision to promote your wellbeing and professional development.
  • Hold a manageable caseload of no more than 18 children as an experienced social worker, to ensure that you have the time you need to spend with the children and families you are working with.
  • Have opportunities to continue to learn while you work, by undertaking training, webinars, practice learning events and reflective sessions.



About you


We would like to hear from you if 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.
  • Always learning, with a passion to grow and develop your skills.
  • Willing to take responsibility and contribute to the delivery of Oxfordshire County Council’s vision.  
  • Driven to do it differently to embark on a journey of continuous improvement.





  • Competitive salary from £39,745-£46,464.
  • Welcome and Loyalty payment of £3,500.
  • Relocation allowance of up to £8,000.
  • Annual leave starting at 30 days per year (plus bank holidays).
  • A comprehensive Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
  • Flexible working.
  • Employee Assistance Programme including access to health and wellbeing support 24 x7.
  • Range of family friendly policies.
  • Childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, electric car scheme, range of staff discounts including travel, holidays, insurance, food, health & leisure activities.
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities.
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Would you like to know more?


For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Laura Clements on


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria


Are you a newly qualified or experienced practitioner from overseas with rights to work in the UK and Social Work England registered?


Learn more about how we support you with our first-class induction training, onboarding care and ongoing personal development.


Join our vibrant and passionate workforce and make a positive difference to the lives of children, young people and their families.



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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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