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Experienced Children’s Social Workers (Dorset)

Salary details: £ - £39880

Dorset Council
Dorchester, Dorset, Ferndown, Poole, Wareham, Weymouth
Occupational group
Health and Social Care - Children's
Salary details
Up to £39,880 (depending on level and experience)
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Paula Golding
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Contact telephone
Closing Date
05 December 2021 11:00 PM
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Experienced Children’s Social Workers (Dorset)

Up to £39,880 (depending on level and experience)

It is an exciting time to join Dorset Children's Services as an experienced Social Worker. We have recently launched our new model of working - Dorset Children Thrive which will:

- Put children first

- Get it right first time

- Make services easy to access

- Develop our skilled and confident workforce

- Provide good quality and efficient services

- Measure success


As part of our new model we have developed multi-agency Locality teams bringing together colleagues from across Early Help, Children's Social Care, Educational Psychology, SEND and Inclusion services under the leadership of new Heads of Locality and Strategy.


Our Locality teams are based within 6 communities across Dorset - Chesil, West, Dorchester, Purbeck, East and North. As an experienced Social Worker working in the locality teams you will be supporting children and their families through assessment of their needs and planning at a child in need, child protection or care level to enable better outcomes.


Our approach to working with children and families is strengths based and restorative. We want our Social Workers to build relationships with children and their families to enable positive change. We are working on reducing caseloads to facilitate relationship building through direct work with children and families with purposeful and evidence based interventions.


The Locality model promotes collaborative working with our Early Help and Education colleagues. It also enables Social Workers to get to know their children, the communities within which they live and the partner agencies who are also able to support our families.


We are currently developing our Learning Academy to promote the Career Development of all of our Children’s Services workforce, and to provide access to up to date evidence based tools and research.


You must have a Social Work qualification and be registered with Social Work England. You must be able to fulfil the travel requirements of the post. If you have completed your ASYE and/or have experience of working in statutory social care services we would like to hear from you.



Please click here for further information, or for an informal discussion please call Paula Golding, Service Manager on 01202 868237 (email paula.golding@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk).

We are currently recruiting Social Workers across all our Locality Teams, Permanence Teams and Children who are Disabled Teams. We offer flexible working and part time options which we can discuss further at interview.

This role is UK based and your Right to Work will need to be established as part of the appointment process.

This post involves working with children and having access to significant information about them and will therefore be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

The friends and family referral scheme applies to this post. If this vacancy has been recommended to you by a Dorset Council employee, make sure you mention them by completing the required details when asked on the application form. They'll give you all the information you need.

Nb. Once this post has closed, the job description and person specification will no longer be available to view.

Please note Dorset Council does not accept CV’s in place of an application form due to Safer Recruitment procedures, and because we require the same range of information from all our candidates.