Children's Newly Qualified Social Workers

Suffolk County Council | Ipswich

Posted Date 16/09/2023
  • Suffolk County Council - Various locations in Suffolk
  • £30,151 rising to £32,909 per annum (pro rata for part time)
  • Plus a joining payment of £1,500
  • Plus £4,000 per annum retention payment upon successful completion of the ASYE (Assessed and Supported Year in Employment) programme
  • Full time or part time hours available
  • Permanent

We are committed to flexible working and supporting staff to deliver their roles effectively, please read the Job and Person Profiles (JPP) below to view the flexible working options this role may offer.

We welcome applications from everyone. We particularly welcome male applicants because they are under-represented in this directorate.

Sponsorship for a Health and Care Worker visa may be available for current UK residents. This role is based in Suffolk.

We are actively looking to recruit flexible, highly motivated, and enthusiastic Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW) to join teams across Suffolk who share the same commitment, dedication, care, and support as we do.

We recognise that good quality health, safety and wellbeing is integral to a healthy work-life balance, and we are proud to have created a positive environment where social workers can achieve meaningful and impactful outcomes.

You will have:

  • the commitment and full support from our management team and colleagues within the service to ensure you achieve your goals and get the best out of your ASYE
  • protected development and time for reflection, regular supervision with your Practice Manager, including ongoing CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and PDP (Personal Development Plan) to enable professional growth and a reduced caseload (from 15 cases in the first 6 months
  • clinical supervision by a seasoned professional. This does not only benefit your personal wellbeing but directly affects the experience of the children and young people within our care.

Hear from our staff and find out more information visit: Our Social Work teams (

How Suffolk supports Newly Qualified Social Workers ( to grow, develop and progress.

Additional benefits

  • Up to 29 days annual leave plus bank holidays per annum, pro rata for part time
  • An uplift of 3 additional annual leave days, pro rata for part time
  • 3 protected CPD days per annum
  • Access to a relocation package of up to £8,000, a car leasing scheme and a welcome loan of £2,000 for all new Social Workers moving to Suffolk
  • Free on-site car parking in all council buildings
  • Flexible working options and our commitment to supporting health and wellbeing
  • Detailed induction programme, including mandatory Signs of Safety training
  • Staff networks which are open to staff, councillors and partners that share similar characteristics, life experiences, values and beliefs.

Only an hour outside London, Suffolk is increasingly attracting talented people choosing a lifestyle that offers opportunities and variety.

To find out about our beautiful county of Suffolk and see what a wonderful place it is to live and work Welcome to Suffolk (

More information on what we will offer you (

We have opportunities available for Newly Qualified Social Workers across the following teams:

  • social care teams working with children subject to s17 and s47 assessment, a child in need, and child protection plans
  • child in care teams working with our children in care, both children in long-term placements and subject to care proceedings.

Find out where these teams are based around Suffolk (ppt).

Locality map, to understand where our 13 social care teams are based around Suffolk (ppt).

If you have a preference in terms of a location in Suffolk, then please state this within your application form.

Travel requirements

This organisation positively encourages the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role, you will need to operate across a wide and rural area, so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means.

This role supports hybrid working, a broadly even balance between working from home and working from an office base. If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements, please contact the recruiting manager listed above. #LI-Hybrid

To find out more

For an informal discussion about the role/s, please email at: or call Steve Blaney, Social Care Service Manager on 07742505342.

For further information, visit Social Work within Children and Young Peoples Services (

How to apply

Before applying for this job, please read the Job and Person Profile (docx) and our Progression Scheme (pdf)

You can then apply by uploading your CV (Curriculum Vitae) and completing a short online application form (stating in your application the role/s, location and team you are applying for).

Closing date: 11.30pm, 16 October 2023.

Promoted as JOTW (Job of the Week) on Suffolk Jobs Direct.

We will review applications on a weekly basis, and we commit to keeping you informed throughout your application process.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. We are also committed to flexible working.

For the types of flexible or part-time working available for specific roles, please see the Job and Person Profile.

Suffolk County Council - welcoming diversity.

As a modern and effective council, we offer a wide variety of careers to suit people with a range of skills, abilities and ambitions. We offer working options that flex to reflect the way people work today and take the time to understand and support your individual needs. We’re driven to make a positive difference to the world around us and encourage everyone with drive and focus to join us and build an influential and impactful career. Reimagine the possibilities.

In return, you’ll enjoy:

  • up to 28 days annual leave entitlement (pro rata), plus UK bank holidays and two paid volunteering days
  • membership of a competitive Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • travel, lifestyle, health and wellbeing benefits
  • performance-related annual pay progression, in addition to an annual cost-of-living pay increase
  • training and encouragement to expand your knowledge
  • a variety of career development opportunities across our organisation
  • diverse and active staff networks
  • flexible working options, with the right to request flexible working from your first day
  • plus more!

If you would like to know more about our benefits, values and equality commitments please visit our Working for Suffolk County Council pages (

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