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Senior Social Worker, Single Point of Advice

  • Employer: East Sussex County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/1451/19440
  • Published: Mon 06/12/2021, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 16/01/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £44,108 to £47,431 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: BN21 1EP

Job introduction

Hours of work: 37 hours per week
Working pattern: Full Time 

Timescales for our next selection event are as follows:

Closing date for application: Sunday 16 January 2022

Interviews: Thursday 27 & Friday 28 January 2022

If you are experienced but have been out of practice for a while we would love to hear from you.

Newly Qualified Social Workers who have not completed the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment are not invited to apply for these positions.

  • Senior Social Worker
    £44,108 to £47,431 (Grade 13)*

[Note] Please note that these salaries include a  market supplement introduced in July 2021 and are subject to a 3 yearly review– you can view the basic salary on our Salaries scales page

For more information regarding current vacancies and to apply for the above post, please contact:

Celia Allport, Practice Manager SPOA

Telephone - 01323 464222

Email - Celia.Allport@eastsussex.gov.uk

We welcome applications from all sections of our community and for this post we particularly encourage applications from people of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, and men, who are currently under-represented within East Sussex children’s social care

About the role

We are currently looking to recruit a full time Senior Social Worker post for the Children’s Services Single Point of Advice (SPOA) Team based at St. Mark’s House, Eastbourne.

The SPOA team is the Front Door into both East Sussex Children’s Services and CAMHS. The team is comprised of qualified social workers, senior social workers, CAMHS Practitioners, Senior Early Help workers and unqualified social work staff.  SPOA is the first point of contact countywide for members of the public, schools, health professionals and other professionals who are concerned about the welfare or emotional wellbeing of a young person. SPOA will screen and triage all received contacts and make decisions about where these needs sit on a Continuum of Need and which is the appropriate service for young persons and their families. As a senior social worker you will be responsible for decisions about  which cases require further consideration and action by a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and which can be best met through early help based support.

This post offers an opportunity to work in a multi-agency environment within the team. You should have excellent communication skills and be able to undertake an initial assessment of the presenting information in a fast paced environment.

Your practice must be evidence based and you must be up to date on current theories and research. You will receive individualised support through a range of training and development opportunities to enable you to succeed in this role and to develop your career.

Relationships are the key to best practice

At ESCC our Connected Practice model creates change through meaningful and helpful relationships with children and families – an approach which focuses on enabling young people to lead safe, stable and fulfilling lives at home with their families.

Our practitioners draw on their own resources to develop effective relationships with vulnerable families and children. By working intensively, and using structured interventions, our social workers help families to solve problems themselves ensuring that children are safer and better nurtured.

Progress your learning and training

At East Sussex we know that our staff are individuals with their own career goals.  So we have created a clear career development pathway, known as Progress, which maps out all the different options and opportunities for enriching and developing individual careers. It enables staff to build on existing skills and develop new knowledge and it provides clarity around the requirements for pay and progression, social work registration and further accreditation

A wide range of benefits
In addition to a highly-competitive salary, we offer a wide range of benefits, including:
•    Relocation costs of up to £8,000, if you are making a move of more than 20 miles
•    Payment of your HCPC registration fees
For all the details, take a look at our full range of https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/jobs/social-work-with-children/benefits-of-working-here/

Join us now
Our Social Work practice is high impact.  We know we are making a difference because that’s what children and young people tell us. We’ve  been awarded the following: 
•    judged Outstanding by Ofsted and in our July 2018 
•    Local Government Association Chronicle Awards for services to children and business transformation
•    Silver Award for Best Social Work Employer at the Social Worker of the year Awards 2017
•    Teaching Partnership status.

So, if you’d like to be part of our progressive team, apply NOW.

For more information about Children's Social work in East Sussex please visit https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/jobs/social-work-with-children/

Additional information

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.

Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.

Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.

If you require any reasonable adjustments, due to disability, to enable you to participate fully in the process please contact the hiring manager on the contact details above.

Reasonable adjustments include things like an offline application form. If you would like to discuss your requirements further, please get in touch.

Company information

East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.


  • Employer: East Sussex County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/1451/19440
  • Published: Mon 06/12/2021, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 16/01/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £44,108 to £47,431 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: BN21 1EP