Children’s Social Workers and Senior Social Workers: Visa sponsorship

Suffolk County Council

  • Suffolk County Council – Various Locations in Suffolk / Hybrid
  • £34,834 – £44,305 per annum (pro rata for part time)
  • Plus retention payment of up to £4,000 per year (pro rata for part time)
  • Full time or part time hours available
  • Permanent

Job roles available:

  • Social Workers: £34,834 – £38,223 per annum, plus £4,000 annual retention payment (pro rata for part time)
  • Senior Social Workers: £38,925- £44,305 per annum, plus £3,500 annual retention payment (pro rata for part time)

When you join the Children and Young Peoples Service as a Social Worker, we will support your development from the start. We will help you to play to your strengths, diversify your skills and build an influential and impactful career. With a variety of career paths and learning opportunities to explore, if you’re motivated and passionate there’s no limit to how far your ambition could take you.

Reimagine the possibilities.

At Suffolk County Council, we are passionate about providing the highest quality care and support to children and young people in need. That’s why we are looking for flexible and highly motivated Social Workers to join our teams. We believe that a healthy work-life balance is essential to providing good quality care, which is why we have created a positive environment where our Social Workers can thrive and achieve meaningful and impactful outcomes.

What you need

  • You will need a relevant social work qualification and Social Work England registration.
  • You can view a full list of requirements in the Job and Person Profiles below, if you believe you can succeed in this role, apply. Even if you don’t meet all requirements, still apply.

We would appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.

Shaping Careers and Learning

We understand that being a Social Worker can be a challenging role, which is why we offer regular supervision to ensure you feel supported within your role. We also provide the necessary training to enhance your career development through our supportive career pathways programme. This way, you can be confident in your abilities and provide the best possible care to those in need.

To find out more information

  • Hear from our staff about our Social Work teams (
  • Social Work within Children and Young Peoples Services (

To find out about our beautiful county of Suffolk and see what a wonderful place it is to live and work, please visit welcome to Suffolk (

Further information on what we will offer you (

We have opportunities available for Social Workers and Senior Social Workers across the following teams:

    • Social care teams working with children subject to s17 and s47 assessment, a child in need, and child protection plans
    • Child in care teams working with our children in care, both children in long-term placements and subject to care proceedings

Locality map, to understand where our 13 social care teams are based around Suffolk (ppt).

If you have a preference in terms of a location in Suffolk, then please state this within your application form.

Empowering Everyone

We’re big believers in potential, possibility and the power of different ideas. We’re always searching for ways to encourage, respect and enable everyone to be the best they can be. We want to represent the diverse communities we serve. We welcome applications from all individuals, especially those from groups that are currently underrepresented in the organisation, as shown in our Workforce Equality Report (

Additional benefits

  • up to 29 days annual leave plus bank holidays per annum, pro rata for part time
  • an uplift of 3 additional annual leave days, pro rata for part time
  • 3 protected CPD days per annum
  • access to a relocation package of up to £8,000, a car leasing scheme and a welcome loan of £2,000 for all new Social Workers moving to Suffolk
  • free on-site car parking in all council buildings
  • flexible working options and our commitment to supporting health and wellbeing
  • detailed induction programme, including mandatory Signs of Safety training
  • staff networks which are open to staff, councillors and partners that share similar characteristics, life experiences, values and beliefs.

For more information

For an informal discussion about the role/s, please email: or contact Steve Blaney, Social Care Service Manager, by calling 07742 505342.

Sponsorship for a Health and Care Worker visa may be available for current UK residents. This role is based in Suffolk.

How to apply

Please read the Job and Person Profiles (JPP) below and our Progression Scheme (pdf) before applying for this job, by uploading your CV (Curriculum Vitae) and completing a short online application form (stating in your application the role/s, location and team you are applying for).

  • Senior Social Worker JPP (docx)
  • Social Worker JPP (docx)

For internal staff/ applicants only, please complete our Statement of Interest (docx) and return this by emailing

Closing date: 11.30pm, 30 June 2024

Promoted as JOTW (Job of the Week) on Suffolk Jobs Direct.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts.

Suffolk County Council – welcoming diversity.

As a modern and effective council, we offer a wide variety of careers to suit people with a range of skills, abilities and ambitions. We offer working options that flex to reflect the way people work today and take the time to understand and support your individual needs. We’re driven to make a positive difference to the world around us and encourage everyone with drive and focus to join us and build an influential and impactful career. Reimagine the possibilities.

In return, you’ll enjoy:

  • up to 29 days annual leave entitlement (pro rata), plus UK bank holidays and two paid volunteering days
  • membership of a competitive Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • travel, lifestyle, health and wellbeing benefits
  • performance-related annual pay progression, in addition to an annual cost-of-living pay increase
  • training and encouragement to expand your knowledge
  • a variety of career development opportunities across our organisation
  • diverse and active staff networks
  • flexible working options, with the right to request flexible working from your first day
  • plus more!

If you would like to know more about our benefits, values and equality commitments please visit our Suffolk County Council careers website (

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