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Social Worker, Fostering

  • Employer: East Sussex County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/1451/30026
  • Published: Mon 16/01/2023, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 05/02/2023, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: Up to 37 hours
  • Salary: £39,215 - £45,334 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Eastbourne

Job introduction

Hours of work: Up to 37 hours
Working pattern: Full-time or Part-time

Timescales for our next selection event are as follows:

Applications close: Sunday 5th February 2023

Interviews: – Wednesday 15th February 2023

For more information regarding this vacancy please contact:

Clare Spencer, Practice Manager

Email: clare.spencer@eastsussex.gov.uk

Mobile number: 07928 573 404


Social Worker

£39,215 - £45,334 (Grade 11–12) [Note]

[Note] Please note this salary includes a market supplement which is subject to review – you can view the basic salary on our Salaries scales page

About the role

Supervising Social Worker for the Fostering Service

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced social work professional to join our highly motivated and successful Fostering Service based in Eastbourne in our Supervision Team.  Our service manages the assessment and supervision of all foster carers approved by East Sussex and therefore you will need to be able to travel Countywide and beyond.  

The Fostering Service is part of the Integrated Looked After Children’s Service in East Sussex that is high performing and well regarded with many “Outstanding” Inspection judgements.  We have high aspirations for children in our care and we want to deliver an ambitious and creative service which meets the complex needs of our children. East Sussex Fostering Service benefits from excellent practice and an enviable partnership with East Sussex Foster Care Association. 

We are looking for individuals who want to make a positive difference to the children, young people and families we work with and who will bring imagination, creativity and curiosity to professional practice in working with families who foster.

It is essential that you have excellent communication, assessment and safeguarding skills and would be able to support foster carers in working in partnership as part of the team around the child.  You will need to be able to work to deadlines and we support flexible work practices providing appropriate technology.   You will be joining a motivated and forward thinking team and receive excellent supervision and training in a supportive environment and  to be able to have access to a car and travel Countywide and beyond.  

A workforce for the community, from the community

We warmly welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage those from Black and ethnic minority backgrounds, those who are disabled, male and those who identify as trans.  We are working towards recruiting a workforce that reflects our community because we recognise the unique skills and experience that each individual brings.

What’s so good about East Sussex?

Take a look at our videos and find out why people choose us and why they stay:

The support you need

Our support isn’t an added extra, its fully embedded:

  • reflective supervision weekly, then fortnightly
  • protected case load and protected professional development time; and
  • comprehensive well-being package including mindfulness programme.

Innovative ways of working

We’re at the cutting edge of social work:

  • our model of practice - Connected Practice – which Ofsted described as bringing about genuine and long-lasting change for our families
  • the latest digital kit and technology and resources to support you in your work with children and families; and
  • access to a team of psychiatrists, psychologists and specialist social workers for case consultation and support.


“East Sussex is a really dynamic place to work; it’s always up-changing and developing and I think that’s really positive.”

What you need to know

We all know that writing job applications can be challenging and time consuming, so we have streamlined the process as much as possible.  The main areas we want you to tell us about are:

  • Your work with children and young people
  • How you communicate with others
  • Your application or research in theory in practice

Brief and to the point and with some examples is the way to go!

Join our award-winning team

We have been Judged Outstanding by Ofsted (July 2018) and been awarded Teaching Partnership status.

So now is the time to join us and start a fulfilling social work career at East Sussex.

For more information about Children's Social work in East Sussex please visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/socialwork


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.

From 6 April 2011 the Home Office has placed a permanent restriction on the number of migrant workers that all Tier 2 (General) Sponsors can recruit. 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.

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  • Employer: East Sussex County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/1451/30026
  • Published: Mon 16/01/2023, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 05/02/2023, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: Up to 37 hours
  • Salary: £39,215 - £45,334 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Eastbourne

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