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Specialist Social Worker

Hours of work: 37 hours per week
Working pattern: Full-time 

Timescales for our next selection event are as follows:

Applications close: Sunday 28th August 

Interviews: – TBC 

For more information regarding our current vacancies please one of the following contact:

Peter Richards, Operations Manager

Email:  Peter.Richards@eastsussex.gov.uk

Phone: 01323 466720 

Phil Smith, Practice Manager 

Email: Phil.Smith@Eastsussex.gov.uk

Phone: 01273 335150

Social Worker

£37,098 - £43,217 (Grade 11–12) [Note]

[Note] Please note that these salaries include a market supplement introduced in July 2021 and are subject to a 3 yearly review– you can view the basic salary on our Salaries scales page

We recognise how busy social workers are and strive to do all we can to reduce your admin time.  With that in mind we have removed the need for you to complete an application form just log your details and upload your CV!

Whilst interview dates are set, shortlisting will take place throughout the advert being live and we are able to offer interviews at an earlier date. Please contact Samantha Cole - Children’sServices.RecruitmentManager@eastsussex.gov.uk if you wish to discuss further.

Take a step into East Sussex Social Work

Join one of our outstanding teams!

The Changing Futures Programme is a pan Sussex programme jointly commissioned by West Sussex, East Sussex, Brighton & Hove authorities. The programme aims to implement a cohesive, person-centred approach to local delivery and is committed to improving outcomes for individuals experiencing multiple disadvantage.  The Changing Futures programme will be working in close partnership with the East Sussex Rough Sleeping Initiative (RSI) a countywide service commissioned by the 5 local authorities to provide holistic support to rough sleepers and those at imminent risk of street homelessness.  The services will work collaboratively to deliver bespoke housing and support plans to those experiencing multiple disadvantage.  Both programmes will be used to inform long-term and sustainable system change that will influence both local commissioning and future government policy. 

The Younger Person’s Specialist will be working with small number of young people whose needs cannot currently be met through the East Sussex Young Person’s Housing & Accommodation Pathway (YPHAP) and mainstream support services.  These young people will have a range of complexities that make accessing and sustaining housing, training, work difficult. These may include being at high risk of homelessness, diagnosed/undiagnosed learning disabilities, diagnosed/undiagnosed mental health conditions, neurodiversity and substance dependence needs.  Working as part of a broad multi-disciplinary team the postholder will develop support plans that underpin the guiding principles of trauma informed practice, with service user involvement and client feedback an integral part of delivery.  The post holder will have an in-depth knowledge of Children’s Services, the Through Care Service, relevant Acts and Duties in order to ensure individuals are accessing appropriate specialist care.  They will act as a link to these services facilitating fast-track referrals where needed. The postholder will identify and feedback any systems blocks and will represent Children’s Services operationally at relevant meetings.

We genuinely value our social workers, so will make you an unbeatable offer: a highly competitive pay and benefits package, plus access to the learning and wellbeing support you need to progress and thrive in work that is challenging and meaningful.  Would you like to have all of this opportunity whilst working in one of the most beautiful places in the country?

Join our team and you’ll embark on a challenging but hugely rewarding career and one where you’ll make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children and families.

A workforce for the community, from the community

We warmly welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage those from Black and ethnic minority backgrounds, those who are disabled, male and those who identify as LGBTQ+.  We are working towards recruiting a workforce that reflects our community because we recognise the unique skills and experience that each individual brings.

What’s so good about East Sussex?

Take a look at our videos and find out why people choose us and why they stay:

The support you need

Our support isn’t an added extra, its fully embedded:

  • Regular reflective supervision with managers experienced in safeguarding
  • Access to group supervision and practice development
  • Comprehensive well-being package including mindfulness programme.

Innovative ways of working

We’re at the cutting edge of social work:

  • Our model of practice - Connected Practice – which Ofsted described as bringing about genuine and long-lasting change for our families
  • The latest digital kit and technology and resources to support you in your work with children and families; and
  • Access to a team of psychiatrists, psychologists and specialist social workers for case consultation and support.

“East Sussex is a really dynamic place to work; it’s always up-changing and developing and I think that’s really positive.”

What you need to know

We all know that writing job applications can be challenging and time consuming, so we have removed this from the recruitment process.  All you will need to do is upload your cv.  At interview the main areas we want you to tell us about are:

  • Your work with children and young people
  • How you communicate with others
  • Your application of research or theory in practice

Brief and to the point and with some examples is the way to go!

Join our award-winning team

We have been Judged Outstanding by Ofsted (July 2018) and been awarded Teaching Partnership status.

So now is the time to join us and start a fulfilling social work career at East Sussex.

For more information about Children's Social work in East Sussex please visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/socialwork

Additional Information

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.

Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.

From 6 April 2011 the Home Office has placed a permanent restriction on the number of migrant workers that all Tier 2 (General) Sponsors can recruit. Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.

If you require any reasonable adjustments, due to disability, to enable you to participate fully in the process please contact the hiring manager on the contact details above.

Reasonable adjustments include things like an offline application form. If you would like to discuss your requirements further, please get in touch.


Equal Opportunities

East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.

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  • Job reference
  • orbis/TP/1451/25770

  • Number of positions
  • 1

  • Location
  • Eastbourne

  • Salary
  • £37,097 to £43,216

  • Closing date
  • 28 August 2022

  • Organisation
  • East Sussex County Council

  • Department
  • Children Services

  • Contract type
  • Fixed Term

  • Work pattern
  • Full Time

  • Hours
  • 37

  • Job type
  • Social Work - Children