Children in Care Social Worker – Permanent

This is a Gloucestershire County Council job.

  • Job Title:                            Children in Care Social Worker
  • Job Location:                     Gloucester and Cheltenham
  • Salary:                               £36,648- £44,428 per annum 
  • Hours per Week:                
  • Contract Type:                   Permanent 
  • Duration:                             
  • Closing Date:                     ongoing 
  • Job Requisition Number:   8102 
  • This post is open to job share 

We are currently recruiting for Social Workers and Senior Social Workers in all our Children in Care teams.


You will be based in one of our three locations which are Gloucester and Cheltenham


About us

For all your hard work. You will receive the following;

  • Between £36,648 – £38,223 per annum for a Social Worker or between £39,186 – £44,428  for a Senior Social Worker subject to experience
  • Welcome payment of £4,000
  • Annual retention payment of £2,000
  • Up to £8,000 relocation package
  • Flexible and agile working opportunities
  • 25.5 days annual leave rising to 30.5 days after 5 years continuous service
  • An option to purchase 10 days of additional leave per year (pro-rata for part-time staff)
  • Family friendly policies and benefits to help support you and your family
  • Supportive and positive working environment with regular, robust supervision
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) that provides free, confidential, counselling and advice for employees, available 24 hours a day, online and by telephone.
  • An in-house Occupational Health service
  • Employee discount scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Links to employee networks such as Prism (LGBT+) and the Young Employees Network
  • Career development and qualification opportunities
  • Access to our Social Work Academy
  • Paid SWE registration renewal*


Right child, right support, right time, every time

Gloucestershire’s vision is “to work together to give every child the best possible chance of a remarkable life, especially those children who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.”


We have ambitious improvement and transformation plans to create the optimum conditions within which our staff can make a real difference and improve outcomes for children.


We are a local authority adopting, and training all colleagues in, systemic social work practice. If you would like to join an authority that takes a relational approach to working with families and focuses on what needs to change in the system around a child and family to enable children to thrive, then consider a role with GCC.


As a social worker in a children in care team you will have a case load of Children who may have a plan for adoption, special guardianship, long term fostering or returning home to family. As one of our Social Workers we want you to focus on empowering children by making sure their voices are heard and their life history is considered. We aim to ensure all children in our care have the same opportunities as our own children and are passionate corporate parents to them all.


Your role is essential for these children/young people, you support, guide and advise them as they grow into young people ready to face the world as adults. You will be required to act as the corporate parent for each child you work with, undertaking direct work, getting to know them and their family whilst ensuring they have access to excellent health, education, activities, hobbies and a stable home built on love. You will be an advocate for them, support them and those around them including the foster carers (or residential provider) and family which will ultimately benefit the young person and lead to better life long outcomes.


Our team structures are designed to ensure there is the right level of support available to staff and that caseloads are kept at a manageable level with a Team Manager, Advanced Practitioner, 5 Social Workers this may include an ASYE and international socials workers. We need resilient, driven individuals who will play their part in making our vision for Children’s Services a success. You will be joining an authority with a strong set of values that underpin the work we do Accountability, Empowerment, Excellence, Integrity, and Respect.


About you

As a Social Worker in one of our Children in Care teams, you will be instrumental in delivering a first-class service to ensure the best outcomes for the children and young people of Gloucestershire. Through building positive relationships with colleagues within the service and partner agencies you will ensure we are able to provide support and protection for children and young people in need and at risk.

As well as your experience as a frontline social worker, there are some things we require of you to be successfully appointed to this post:

  • Social Work England registration
  • A recognised qualification in Social Work
  • To have passed your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) if qualified after 2012
  • A full driving licence and willingness to drive
  • DBS clearance

How to apply

For an informal chat about this role, please email CSWRecruitment@gloucestershire.gov.uk with your name, number and what you wish to discuss and a member of the team will give you a call within 48 hours.

To ensure a personalised and responsive recruitment experience, all applicants will receive a call from the recruitment team to discuss this role and your preferred locality.


If you would like to find out more about our Children’s Service please take a look here: Children’s Social Care Careers | Gloucestershire County Council


*Please note, all our welcome payments and retention payments are non-contractual, pro-rata for part time staff and subject to National Insurance and tax deductions. 


Please note we do sponsor qualified international social workers however applications will not be reviewed until September 2024. In the meantime please take a look at our Overseas Social Worker dedicated pages which should give you more information: Overseas Social Workers | Gloucestershire County Council

Additional Information

To access the Job Profile for this role, please follow the link below:-

Social Worker Role Profile

Senior Social Worker Role Profile

This Position is subject to a DBS check. 

Gloucestershire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people or vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We want to be an employer of choice, attracting and retaining excellent people to work for us, so that we can best serve all of Gloucestershire’s diverse communities.  Our promise to you is that we will provide an inclusive and supportive working environment that enables you to bring your whole self to work and realise your full potential.

It is a legal requirement, under the Immigration Act 2016, that anyone appointed to a ‘customer facing role’ must be able to demonstrate an ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in fluent English.

Hybrid working arrangements are available for the majority of our roles, giving teams the opportunity to work in a way that suits them, balancing service need and individual choice, with a mix of both remote and office working.

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