Senior Social Worker

Date:  25-Feb-2023
Job Location: 


This is a Gloucestershire County Council job.

  • Job Title:                            Senior Social Worker
  • Job Location:                     Shire Hall, Block 5, Ground Floor 
  • Salary:                               £37,261 - £42,503 per annum 
  • Hours per Week:               37.00 
  • Contract Type:                   Permanent 
  • Closing Date:                     28/02/2023 
  • Job Requisition Number:   2799 
  • This post is not open to job share


Team: Emergency Duty Team (EDT) 


Gloucestershire’s vision is “to give every child the best possible chance of a remarkable life, especially those children who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.”


We have ambitious improvement and transformation plans to create the optimum conditions within which our staff can make a real difference and improve outcomes for children.


We are a local authority adopting and training all colleagues in systemic social work practice. If you would like to join an authority that takes a relational approach to working with families and focuses on what needs to change in the system around a child and family to enable children to thrive, then consider a role with GCC.


•Fundamentally repositions the relationship between the Local Authority in the form of the allocated social worker, and the family: families are worked with rather than done to

•Has a liberating effect for families and practitioners: families are no longer pathologised, and practitioners are free from the burden of trying to urge a family to change,

•It supports the idea that there are multiple ways of working with families to make change, and the theory of change is explicit and articulated.


Reward & Support: 

In return for your hard work, we offer a generous pay and reward programme including:

  • £4,000 Welcome Payment*
  • £2,000 Retention Payment*
  • Up to £8,000 Relocation Package
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Employee Benefits Programme
  • Annual Leave entitlement of 25.5 days rising to 30.5 days after 5 years continuous service.
  • Paid SWE registration renewal*


We also offer all children’s social care staff a clearly defined career pathway with support and encouragement from management for individuals to fulfil their potential.


 The Senior Social Worker salary is between £37,261 and £42,503 subject to experience. 


Our Vision: 

Committed to building the best, our Children’s Services are looking for high calibre social workers with a track record of excellence, commitment and delivery to the highest standards, securing the best outcomes for the children and young people with whom they work.


Your Role: 

The Emergency Duty Team is a small bespoke service that responds to emergencies out of hours.

Your role will involve working within a small and supportive team of Senior Social Workers where you will be prioritising effectively and making sound judgements in a variety of challenging situations. The Emergency Duty Team works closely with other agencies that also work out of hours both in the voluntary and statutory sectors. This position offers the opportunity to broaden your skillset and experience further.   You will work to a rolling rota which includes weekend and night work, you will also have two weeks off in every seven weeks.


Whilst there is management support 24/7, overnight shifts require skill and experience and ability to work autonomously at times, therefore it is a requirement that you have a minimum of three years’ post qualifying experience of front-line work with children and families or adult care services. You will need to be suitably experienced and confident in order to make decisions on emergency situations out of hours.  As well as your experience as a frontline social worker, there are some things we require of you to be successfully appointed to this post:

  • Social Work England registration
  • A recognised qualification in Social Work
  • To have passed your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)
  • A full driving licence and willingness to drive
  • DBS clearance


About our Social Work Academy: 

The Gloucestershire Children’s Services Social Work Academy offers leadership of practice to develop outstanding Social Workers and Social Work leaders who effect positive change for children, young people and families in Gloucestershire.  The aim of our Academy is to support workers at all levels, from students and newly qualified Social Workers to our Senior Leaders with their professional accreditation responsibilities and career progression options, as well as ensuring that our Children’s Services workforce receives the highest quality Continuing Professional Development to make sure we are the best at what we do. For more information on our Social Work Academy, please click here.


For an informal chat about this role, please email with your name, number and what you wish to discuss and a member of the team will give you a call within 48 hours!


To ensure a personalised and responsive recruitment experience all applicants will receive a call from the recruitment team to discuss this role, where you would like to practice and in what area and to book you in for an interview.

More information about our journey so far and our commitment to staff can be found on our website or email us for information at

For an informal conversation about this role, please email Claire Connolly on 01452 328956 or via email  


Additional Information

To access the Job Profile for this role, please follow the link below:-


Senior Social Worker Role Profile

This Position is subject to a DBS check. 

Gloucestershire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people or vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We want to be an employer of choice, attracting and retaining excellent people to work for us, so that we can best serve all of Gloucestershire’s diverse communities.  Our promise to you is that we will provide an inclusive and supportive working environment that enables you to bring your whole self to work and realise your full potential.

It is a legal requirement, under the Immigration Act 2016, that anyone appointed to a ‘customer facing role’ must be able to demonstrate an ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in fluent English.