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Social Worker - Referral and Assessment
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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’. 

About the job:

Social Worker – Referral and Assessment (RAS)

Salary – (Grade 8): £33,291 - £40,728 (£42,684 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

Free car parking pass to local multi storey car park

The Referral and Assessment service is to help children in need living with their families in the community to achieve good outcomes in their health, education and family relationships and to ensure they are appropriately safeguarded, by assessing needs and planning and coordinating the care arrangements necessary to meet their needs as identified. The Referral and Assessment Service completes assessments referred via MASH who are living in the London Borough of Sutton and who meet the threshold for support.

RAS has a very stable and permanent workforce with highly supportive managers who are keen to develop and encourage staff with training and provide an environment of growth and development. 

Social Workers in the RAS team will act as duty Social Worker on a rota basis, respond to crisis situations, carry out single agency assessments, undertake direct work with children and families, work closely with partner agencies such as the police and health services, transfer cases to other services via a seamless transfer process and Social Workers regularly attend group supervision giving staff a chance to reflect on situations and share knowledge.

About you:

We welcome applications from experienced Social Workers who are able to show initiative and can develop our services to an outstanding standard. If you have experience in Children's Services and are looking for the next challenging step in your career apply today. You must able to turn around work quickly on short term work whilst enjoying manageable workloads and supportive management. You be given a full induction, promotion opportunities with staff from RAS regularly gaining promotion, moving to specialist roles and the opportunity to supervise and mentor students and ASYEs according to your experience.

We also offer the opportunity for additional training such as Practice Assessor (PEPs 1&2) which includes an allowance and career development opportunities across the service. 

What we can offer you:

  •  A competitive salary

  • A £1000 welcome payment*

  • A £3000 annual retention payment*

  • An annual leave entitlement of up to 32 days

  • Reimbursement of your annual HCPC registration

  • Car parking pass

  • Fuel allowance

  • Use of Zip Car Scheme

  • Discounts local and national shops and restaurants

  • Season ticket loan

  • Introduce a friend scheme 

*Please note some bonuses are only offered to those appointed on scale point 30 and above

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

Sutton's Expression of Leadership

Closing date - 28th May 2020

Interview date - To be confirmed


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.



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

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