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International social worker supportive programme

We offer a programme of support to help international social workers move into UK practice with Norfolk County Council.

You would be joining our Family Assessment and Safeguarding Team (FAST).

You will receive dedicated support from a practice consultant - a senior social worker whose role is to help you with your learning and development.

We will give you a personal plan to help you adapt your skills to working in the UK.

You'll be part of a social work team within your locality, so you will learn from your team manager and colleagues.

You will receive regular supportive and reflective supervision from your practice consultant and one-to-one case supervision with your manager.

You will also have regular group supervision and a protected caseload that will develop as you do. This will give you time to get used to new systems, processes, and legislation.

Pay and benefits

Your starting salary will be £31,895. There is a £2,000 welcome payment and up to £10,000 for relocation.

You will receive regular planned reviews where we'll assess your progress. When you no longer need the programme's support you will progress to a Level 2 Social Worker role (salary £33,486 -£35,336).

As a social worker within Norfolk Children's Services, you will have a range of opportunities for development opportunities and career progression.


We will give you a certificate of sponsorship and a generous relocation allowance of up to £10,000 to help you and your family move to our beautiful county. You will be able to claim back the cost of your flights and visa. We can also help to arrange temporary accommodation and transfers from the airport for you. We offer practical support and advice to make sure your relocation is as smooth as possible.

How to apply

You will need to be registered with Social Work England before you apply.

You will also need:

  • An honours degree or diploma in social work or qualification in social work recognised by Social Work England
  • A minimum of one years' experience of working as a social worker with children and families
  • A valid driving licence

We shortlist applications monthly. We complete a written assessment of shortlisted candidates. If you are successful, you will be invited to a competency-based interview over video.

Apply now

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