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Get back into social work

Are you considering a return to social work? We can offer tailored support to help you re-register and get back into practice.

You may have taken a career break, qualified a while ago and chosen a different path or never worked in a statutory role. We are interested in people with a range of social work backgrounds who are keen to get back into practice and we can support your return whenever you are ready.

If you need to re-register with Social Work England (SWE), we will employ you as a Social Work Assistant to gain the hours of experience you need and will help you to re-register.

Once re-registered, or if you already have SWE registration, you will have the dedicated support of a Practice Consultant - a senior social worker whose specific role is to support you with your learning and development. You will receive a tailored plan of support that enables you to work on the areas where you need to gain skills or experience.

We want your return to social work to be successful and build on the skills and strengths you already have. You’ll be part of a social work team to enable learning from colleagues and you’ll have the support of a team manager.

You will receive regular supportive and reflective supervision on both an individual and group supervision basis and will have a protected caseload that will develop as you do, allowing time for you to learn and develop your practice confidence.

When you are ready, you will progress to a Level 2 Social Worker and receive a significant pay increment. As a social worker within Norfolk Children’s Services, you will receive a range of development opportunities and access to various avenues for career progression.

Norfolk takes a restorative approach to working with children and families, based on Signs of Safety, which means that while your direct work with children and young people will be central, you will also be working alongside families and their networks to help them find solutions that keep their children safe and well, long-term.

If you are committed to providing children and families with a first-class service and want your return to social work to be well supported, we would love to hear from you!

For an informal discussion on the next steps and to make a return to social work a reality for you, email us at or apply now via our online recruitment website.

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