We know the job of a child protection social worker can be tough
That's why we’ve invested millions to create the support around you that you need to do the job you trained for. We’re realistic about the challenges but we’re passionate about helping you to meet them
Who cares that the job of a child protection social worker can be tough? We do.
If you join our child protection Family Assessment and Safeguarding Team you'll get a great package of support and benefits, including:
Salary up to £40,875
A £2,000 welcome payment *
Up to £10,000 relocation package and interest free loan scheme, subject to qualifying conditions
Outstanding quality work recognition payments
An award-winning career average pension scheme that gives you an additional 15.5% towards your contribution
* For qualified and experienced social workers (grade J and above with 2 years’ post qualified experience) and team managers new to Norfolk County Council in Family Assessment and Safeguarding Team (FAST) and Looked After Children (LAC)
Everyday practice benefits
Challenging but manageable caseloads
Small well-supported teams
Managers and senior leaders who back you up with those tough decisions you often have to make
Our technology platform and equipment is first class, enabling you to connect and collaborate remotely
A very clear practice vision focusing on restorative approaches based on Signs of Safety
Our new operating model supports practitioners, with:
Streamlined paperwork - so you can spend less time filling in forms and writing reports
Two members of support staff for every social work team to reduce your admin
Dedicated court work facilitators to support you
Continuous development of the professionals that you as a case-holding social worker can call in to help you, including: domestic abuse specialists, homebased support workers, substance misuse workers
A Children's Advice and Duty Service (CADS) team to triage cases to the right teams, so you can focus on where you can make the biggest difference
We're working towards aligning mental health practitioners more closely to our teams. We have already seen reduced contacts, referrals, and a big reduction in the amount of assessments which do not lead to ongoing work.
Flexible working, generous leave and support
We offer flexible working arrangements including condensed four-day week working, nine-day fortnights and other options
We offer a generous annual leave entitlement - plus the opportunity to purchase up to two weeks of additional annual leave through our salary sacrifice scheme
We offer maternity, paternity and adoption pay and time off to support you as your family grows. There is an independently-run nursery within the Norfolk County Council grounds which offers priority spaces to our employees
We offer support if you care for relatives or friends who are older, disabled or seriously ill
We are committed to promoting the health, safety and wellbeing of our social workers. We provide access to services that support your health and wellbeing, such as confidential counselling and advice, fast-track physiotherapy and NHS Health Checks for employees over 40
We support Continuing Professional Development with one day of protected time every month, and a Teaching Partnership with the University of East Anglia.
We are committed to equality and inclusion and welcome applications irrespective of gender identity, disability, marital status, ethnic origin, age, pregnancy status, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. We are proud to have achieved Carer Friendly Employer Status, Disability Confident Leader Status, the Employer Recognition Scheme award for the Armed Forces Covenant and to be one of the authorities piloting the workforce race equality standard (WRES).