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International Social Workers - Children's Social Care

About the role

Home to the world famous Cambridge University, Cambridgeshire is a large county set in the East of England and split into 4 districts - Huntingdonshire, the Fenlands, East Cambridgeshire and South Cambridgeshire, ranging from historic towns to farmlands and a real diverse community.

At Cambridgeshire County Council we believe in giving Children, Young People and their Families choice, control and flexibility in how they manage their support needs, and the right to access inclusive services and be part of their own community. 

We are passionate about making a difference and do all we can to make the lives of our Children, Young People and their Families better. We are committed to high professional standards, continuous learning and we enjoy the challenges the Social Worker role brings.

We're pleased to open our doors to experienced overseas Social Workers looking to relocate to Cambridgeshire. We are primarily looking for Social Workers to join us in our Family Safeguarding and Assessment Teams, but if your experience matches Children in Care or Adolescents we want to hear from you too!

We review applications daily, and if you meet the minimum criteria (outlined in the About You section of this advert) we will invite you to complete a written assessment to move forward to our next stage. The next cohort we are recruiting to is July 2024 arrival.

If you're interested in making the move to Cambridgeshire and this sounds like an role that suits your skill set, we would love to hear from you! For more information, email

Appointment to this post will be subject to the outcome of pre-employment checks including a Police Clearance from your country of origin. The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We support flexible working requests from day one of employment and so we are open to discussing different working patterns to help you bring your best self to work.

What will you be doing?

Day-to-day responsibilities of a Social Worker include:

  • Act as the lead professional and ensure all matters in respect of safeguarding are dealt with promptly, effectively and in line with child protection procedures, escalating where necessary.
  • Undertake assessments to identify and respond to needs, building on strength and ensuring that analysis is robust and leads to clear outcomes that can be met through SMART targets.
  • Engage with children, young people, and their families to develop effective and empowering relationships which facilitate change and improve outcomes.
  • Produce reports and plans for a variety of forums, including court, which are child focussed and reflect their experience.

For a full list of the responsibilities of the role, please check out the Job Description & Person Specification.

About you

We're looking for confident and dynamic individuals who enjoy making a difference in their local community, are curious and spot things that others might not see, enjoys building relationships and likes to explore possibilities.

You must:

  • Be a qualified Social Worker with an Honours Degree or Diploma in Social Work or Qualification in Social Work recognised by Social Work England
  • Have a minimum of 3 years post-qualifying experience working with Children and Families
  • Have a Social Work England registration before applying
  • Have a full, valid driving licence that will allow you to drive in the UK (there will be an expectation that you convert your driving licence to a UK licence if successful)

For a full list of the requirements of the role, please check out the Job Description & Person Specification.

Our benefits

We value our colleagues in Cambridgeshire County Council and have developed a number of benefits:

  • Flexible and creative working arrangements
  • Flexible Bank Holidays
  • A comprehensive wellbeing package
  • Our Cambs Rewards employee discounts
  • A comprehensive pension scheme
  • IDEAL staff equality, diversity and inclusion network
  • Camweb our staff intranet helping to keep you informed
  • An employee recognition scheme
  • We offer a generous mileage allowance

For our Social Workers, we offer more specific benefits like:

  • Generous annual leave provision (28 days, plus bank holidays)
  • supportive management team that will champion your learning and development
  • Employee Assistance Programme – access to free support 24 hours a day
  • Scalable retention payments to loyal social workers in specific teams after the first full year of employment, starting at £900 which increases during the first three years of service
  • Plus, 6 days of protected time each year to enable our Social Workers to maintain their Continuous Professional Development

For International Social Workers, we offer:

  • A relocation allowance of up to £8,000 to support your move to Cambridgeshire, including your visa application and associated fees, flights and temporary accommodation, items to help you get settled, and you'll be able to claim back your Social Work England registration application fees. Please be aware you will need to have the funds to cover all elements of your relocation which you will be able to claim back once you arrive in Cambridgeshire.
  • A certificate of sponsorship which will take you up to applying for indefinite leave to remain
  • A loan of up to £2,000 for the deposit to secure long-term accommodation in Cambridgeshire
  • Ongoing support through our Cambridgeshire Academy for Reaching Excellence which will help you to settle in and nurture you throughout your career with us.

For more information on the relocation allowance, please read the CCC Overseas Relocation Guidance attached to this advert.

About us

We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Cambridgeshire and want our workforce to be reflective of this diversity, which we firmly believe benefits our colleagues, the organisation and our communities. If you don’t meet every single requirement in the job role but think this could be you, please don’t be put off.   We are committed to building a workplace that is compassionate and inclusive as well as diverse, so if you think you could be a good candidate for this role please consider applying and speak to the recruiting manager if you have any questions.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, along with our employee network 'IDEAL' and self-organised peer support groups help us to foster an inclusive, supportive and safe working environment where people feel valued, respected, and empowered.  We collect relevant diversity data for monitoring as part of the recruitment process to understand the diversity of our applicants and monitor any trends throughout the recruitment processes so that we can take meaningful action.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We fully support providing reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process, as well as when you join us, and we encourage candidates to contact the Hiring Manager, whose details can be found in the advert, to discuss any adjustment needs. Some examples of adjustments could include additional time to complete an assessment or printing a document on pastel coloured paper with larger font size and line spacing. We would value talking about what might be possible to enable you to join us and thrive, so if there is something that would help you to do your best during your journey with us, please get in touch.


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