Working in social care has never been more interesting and challenging, offering talented people the opportunity to use their skills and expertise and make a real difference to the children, young people and families of Oxfordshire.
We have highlighted the key benefits for experienced children’s social workers.
First class training
Our Social Work Academy gives you access to the best professional development and career progression opportunities, for both newly qualified and experienced staff. We offer cutting-edge training along with access to industry-leading research. Our aspiring leaders programmes provide group coaching, mentoring and support to help you work towards the next level. We also offer regular reflective practice groups and research-based discussions for frontline social workers led by our in-house clinical psychology team.
Manageable caseloads in a service rated ‘good’ by Ofsted
Not only is it important that you love what you do, but it’s also important to be able to manage your workload and devote the right amount of attention to each case. Being one of 16 authorities rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, as a Social Worker, you get the support you need.
We do all we can to ensure that every one of our employees has a healthy work-life balance. Our agile working policy means you can work across council sites or from home to suit your needs and we support flexible working hours. You will be provided with a laptop, mobile phone and Skype for Business to facilitate agile working.
Competitive pay and holiday
We know that as a social worker, you do an invaluable job. We offer competitive pay and a generous holiday allowance to help demonstrate how much we value the work you do.
A golden hello
You can’t put a price on experience, but we can reward it. We offer a golden hello of £3,500 to experienced children’s social workers in our Assessment and Family Solutions Services to show we are serious about investing in you. Find out more about the golden hello.
We offer a staff discount scheme for a range of retailers, holidays, insurance, restaurants, health & leisure activities and rail travel. We also offer childcare vouchers, a cycle to work scheme, generous pension contributions, 24-32 days annual leave each year and more.
A caring and supportive culture
We are passionate about keeping people safe, well and independent, whilst making a positive contribution. We host regular listening events and have a well at work scheme, which focuses on health and wellbeing. There’s also a social presence, with yoga classes, sports teams and more.
We know moving is expensive, so we offer £8,000 financial assistance towards property deposits and to ‘grease the wheels’ of the removal van.
We ensure that our team are rewarded for their hard work and continue to progress in their careers. We have developed a process of assessing skills and competencies that allow you to progress within the role of Experienced Social Worker to the same level as a Senior Practitioner.
Finding a home in Oxfordshire - a guide for key workers
We know that care workers and other key workers can find it difficult to find affordable housing in the county. Finding a Home in Oxfordshire (pdf format, 1.4Mb) is a useful guide to your options. It includes information about how to access affordable rented housing through district councils and the help you may be able to get to find housing in the private rented sector.