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Social Worker - Single Point of Advice

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

We have two vacancies, one is permanent and one is fixed term to cover a maternity leave.  Both are full-time.

Timescales for our next selection event are as follows:

Applications close: Sunday 27 November 2022

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

Celia Allport or Jemma Kavanagh, Practice Managers in SPOA  on 01323 464 222

Email: celia.allport@Eastsussex.gov.uk / jemma.kavanagh@eastsussex.gov.uk

Social Worker

£39,215 - £45,334 per annum

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.

If you are qualified and experienced but have been out of practice for a while we would love to hear from you!

Join East Sussex as a Social Worker in our outstanding SPOA Team and you will embark on a challenging but hugely rewarding career where you will make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children and families. The team is based in Eastbourne town centre with great access to local amenities and easy walking distance of the railway station.

Single Point of Advice is a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary team that is the front door for members of the public and professionals across the county screening all new referrals into Children’s Services and CAMHS - so there’s never a dull moment! You will be at the heart of the decision-making process about how a case is handled with a fantastic opportunity to work closely with mental health colleagues in a genuinely multi-disciplinary environment. Please note this role is office based.

The team is comprised of qualified social workers, senior social workers, CAMHS practitioners, senior early help keyworkers and unqualified social work staff. SPOA screens and triages all referrals and make decisions about where these needs sit on the Continuum of Need and which is the appropriate service for young persons and their families. As a social worker you will be part of a dynamic team screening referrals and identifying which cases require further consideration and action by a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and which can be best met through Early Help based support.

You will be a social worker with the following:

  • excellent communication skills
  • the ability to connect quickly with our most vulnerable families – you’ll relish the opportunity to use your relationship skills. 
  • risk analysis skills which will enable you to make decisions about the best approach, ranging from universal services to early help, to safeguarding.  
  • a firm grounding in evidence-based practice and able to keep on top of current theories and research.

We value our social workers, so we offer a highly competitive pay and benefits package.  We offer amazing supportive environment with colleagues who really look out and care for each other, supported by experienced and practice-wise managers.

And, if you are looking for a family friendly role its regular hours too.

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 trans.  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:

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

  • regular supervision, team meetings and practice development sessions.
  • access to training and professional development opportunities; and
  • comprehensive well-being package including mindfulness programme.

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.”


Application is easy

We all know that writing job applications can be challenging and time consuming, so we have streamlined the process as much as possible.  The main areas we want you to tell us about are:

  • your work with children and young people
  • how you communicate with others; and
  • your application or research in theory in practice


Brief, to the point, 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


If you are interested in this role and would like further information please contact: 

Celia Allport or Jemma Kavanagh, Practice Managers, SPOA

Telephone - 01323 464222

Email - Celia.Allport@eastsussex.gov.uk, jemma.kavanagh@eastsussex.gov.uk

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/1451/27046

  • Number of positions
  • 2

  • Location
  • Eastbourne

  • Salary
  • £39,215 - £45,334 per annum

  • Closing date
  • 27/11/2022

  • Organisation
  • East Sussex County Council

  • Department
  • Children Services

  • Contract type
  • Permanent

  • Work pattern
  • Full Time or Part Time

  • Hours
  • 37

  • Job type
  • Social Work - Children