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Social Worker - Children With Disabilities
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The London borough of Sutton “is uncompromising in its focus on improving quality of frontline social work” – Ofsted


Ofsted  announced in February 2017 that the provision of children’s services in Sutton has been rated as ‘Good’.

London Borough of Sutton works closely with Kingston University and regional partners as part of the Developing Together Social Work Teaching Partnership (SWTP). The partnership offers staff a wide range of pre and post qualifying education opportunities to promote continuous learning and development. This includes staff being encouraged to support the practice education of Social Work students and those in the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE). Staff are also given the opportunity to attend conferences, workshops and have access to research and practice resources to support their ongoing professional development.  


About the Job:

Social Worker – Children With Disabilities

Salary – (Grade 8): £34,209 - £41,850 (£43,860 unconsolidated maximum through performance related progression) plus welcome bonus of £1000 and a retention payment of £1000 in the first year, £2000 in the second year and £3000 a year thereafter (appointed on scale point 30 and above)

Free car parking pass


Sutton’s Children with Disabilities Team work with families who have a child or children who have disabilities with the provision of short breaks, social work support and where necessary escalate to child protection and court to ensure that children with disabilities in the borough live happy and safe lives and fulfill their potential


The team is well supported by children's practitioners and occupational therapists. They are passionate about ensuring children receive the right support at the right time for them and their families. The disabled Children's services is now part of the All Age learning Disability Service.


Social Workers support Families through child in need planning, short breaks, early support, looked after children visits, managing and reviewing care packages, child and family assessments, child Protection conferences and PLO work.


About You:

We welcome applications from individuals with a recognised Social Work qualification, who are Social Work registered. Knowledge and experience of working with children with disabilities in a social care context would be an advantage with preferably a minimum of 2 years post-qualifying experience in children's social care.


Our culture of strong, accessible and supportive management will provide you with good regular supervision and the opportunity to take part in restorative supervision, practice meetings and team meetings. There are also opportunities to work alongside ASYEs and students.


The offer:

A modern and flexible working environment for our staff allowing you to work  from multiple locations, remotely from your mobile/tablet using Google Mail and Apps which are a key enabler for collaborative and streamlined working. All our social workers also benefit from manageable caseloads and a culture of strong supportive management and autonomy.


Other flexible working options include time off in lieu (TOIL) and working from home to write reports and to meet tight timescales.


The offer includes:

  • A competitive salary


  • A £1000 one-off welcome payment*


  • A £1000 annual retention payment in the first year, £2000 in the second year and £3000 a year thereafter*


  • An annual leave entitlement of up to 32 days


  • Reimbursement of your annual Social Work England registration


  • Free car parking pass


  • Fuel allowance


  • Use of Zip car scheme


  • Subsidised gym memberships


  • Discounts in local shops


  • Season ticket loan


  • Parking allocation


  • Introduce a friend scheme



*Please note some bonuses are only suitable for those appointed on point 30 and above

For more information about the role, please click here to view the role profile



COVID-19) - information for job applicants


Given the ongoing situation, we have not set a closing date for this job vacancy. We are unable to currently advise when interviews will be arranged. We feel that this is the correct and responsible decision to make in these exceptional circumstances in view of:·


  •  increased demand on the time of the council staff in response to the pandemic


  •  the need to support more vigilant public health measures.



We appreciate that applicants will want further information. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, arrangements for undertaking these interviews will require careful consideration.We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


Intended Closing Date: 31/12/2020

Intended Interview Date: TBC


It is our policy to ensure that all employees are recruited, trained and promoted on the basis of ability, the requirements of the job and similar, objective criteria. All employees are equally encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities for training and career development. It is also our policy to ensure that no employee or job applicant should receive more or less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, nationality, colour, ethnic or national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, or disability in any matters to do with employment.

The London Borough of Sutton is Disability Confident Committed. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role and ensure that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under represented within the London Borough of Sutton.

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