Careers in the Children's Disability Service

What is the Children’s Disability Service?

Children’s Disability Service (CDS) is a small, dedicated service supporting the most vulnerable children and young people in the county. Our dedicated social workers are trained to consider the specific vulnerabilities faced by children with disabilities so that support can be tailored to meet their highly complex needs. We’re ambitious to improve outcomes for all children and young people and were judged Outstanding by Ofsted at our last inspection in July 2018.

Video: Why I chose a social work career in the Children’s Disability Service

Work, train and develop your career

We don’t expect you to come with all the right skills. When you join CDS you will have the opportunity to train and develop. Each child you are working with will communicate in a unique way and you will get familiar with the individual communication style of a child as the relationship evolves. The skills you learn will enable you to ‘listen’ and advocate for children who are non-verbal and ensure their voices are heard. We know that each child is different, so we have built in time for social workers to develop a creative approach to this work.

The CDS teams work across children in need, child protection, looked after children and adoption pathways, which provides excellent learning opportunities through knowledge sharing.

Best practice on a variety of themes, such as domestic violence and substance abuse, is provided by several linked teams. This multi-disciplinary approach ensures a strong focus on the child’s journey.

We are committed to supporting relationship-based practice and believe this to be vital to the empowerment of families and protection of children.

Specialist training

In addition to wide ranging training for all our social workers, you can access the following specialist training to support you in your work and career development:

  • Communicate in Print training
  • Makaton training
  • deaf awareness
  • communication with disabled children workshops
  • Education Health and Care Plan workshops
  • Video Interactive Guidance training
  • bespoke training relating to children who present with behavioural challenge
  • opportunities for lead roles in specialist subject areas; voice of the child, resilience, Connected Practice, domestic abuse, drug and alcohol misuse, child sexual abuse, attachment; and digital practice.


Teams are based in Eastbourne and work across all areas of the county.

Benefits package

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a wide range of benefits including:

  • £3k ‘golden hello’ payable to those recruited to the Children’s Disability Service
  • relocation costs up to £8k, if you are making a move of more than 20 miles
  • interest-free loan for rental deposit
  • payment of your Social Work England registration fee.

We have a focus on wellbeing for all our staff, such as mindfulness training and counselling. Find out more, take a look at the full range of benefits.

Roles and vacancies

  • Social worker – Children’s Disability Service
  • Senior social worker – Children’s Disability Service

Check our social worker job vacancies. If there are no social work jobs currently available, you can sign up to email alerts to be told when there is a vacancy.

For advice on completing your application form and the interview process, see Help applying for jobs with the County Council.