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Senior Social Worker - City and South Community Team

About the role

Do you enjoy making a difference to your local community?  Are you curious and you spot things that others might not, see?  Do you enjoy building relationships? Do you like to explore possibilities?  

If the answer is yes, then this is an opportunity for you.  We’ve changed the way that we structure our Adult Social Care teams in Cambridgeshire and have an opportunity for you to join our Adults City and South Community Team as a Senior Social Worker. We have a full time and part time (21.5 hours) role available.

We’ve embracing new ways of working so our social work teams can work where they need to and have the chance to be part of a collaborative team environment with strong working relationships with health professionals and partners to achieve better outcomes for the adults we support. We are looking for someone who is brave in their approach, with a passion for empowering and enabling people and families and who can inspire others to promote and develop independence.  We’ll give you the scope to take your own decisions based on your professional judgement and provide ongoing support and challenge to encourage your development. We are a supportive service, we are passionate about development, we embrace flexible working, and facilitate opportunities for our workforce to showcase their strengths and thrive.

We’ve changed a lot but one thing’s for sure, we still love Social Workers. Join us and be part of an authority that has accepted the challenge to constantly improve. 

We are looking for exceptional Social Workers to join us on our journey. Get in touch with us today by calling Nathalie on 01223 699263. Alternatively, you can email us on or visit our website for more information.

This is a rolling campaign, and we will review applications daily so please don't wait for the closing date to apply, we want to speak to you now!

We know that your time is precious, so our interviews are generally held virtually, by Microsoft Teams, to provide the most flexible recruitment process. We may include a virtual assessment as part of this, but we’ll give you all of the relevant information ahead of time.

Appointment to this post will be subject to the outcome of an Enhanced Disclosure obtained through the Disclosure and Barring Service. 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.

What will you be doing?

The role will require you to lead on practice and performance development through the provision of high quality supervision and support of staff in line with The Care Act principles. You will take a lead on highly complex cases, working creatively in partnership with others to manage risk. You will also provide leadership, through managing essential functions of the team including complex safeguarding situations.

Our Community Teams are currently working to a hybrid model, with part-remote and flexible options available in line with our service needs. Once fully trained, our Social Workers will work from the office up to three days each week. This gives our Social Workers a quiet space and plenty of time for reflection whilst still balancing collaborative working and peer support. It has also increased our Social Workers autonomy and has had a positive impact on wellbeing and work-life balance.

About you

You will be passionate about being a Social Worker, a great leader and someone who is keen to share your knowledge and experience with others. As such you will be a SWE registered Social Worker with a minimum of 2 years’ experience and preferably a Practice Educator or working towards this. You will have a high level of interpersonal skills, undertaking multi-agency work with partner organisations, providers, individuals, families and carers.

You must:

  • Be a qualified Social Worker with a Social Work England registration
  • Have the ability to work from a variety of locations and travel countywide independently

For a full list of the requirements of the role, please check out the Job Description and 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

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
  • Payment for business mileage expenses (45p per mile)
  • Scalable retention payments to loyal social workers after the first full year of employment, starting at £1000 which increases during the first three years of service
  • pay progression scheme to enable our Social Workers to accelerate through the pay grade as you gain experience and skills.
  • relocation package of up to £8000 for eligible candidates
  • Plus, 6 days of protected time each year to enable our Social Workers to maintain their Continuous Professional Development

Please read our benefits brochure attached for more information.

About us

Cambridgeshire is a great place to work and live with a diverse population, an urban centre in Cambridge, historic Isle of Ely, Huntingdon and St Ives as well as more rural landscapes.

Our four values are central to our culture, driving everything we do.

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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