Opportunities for social workers

We have opportunities available to join us as a social worker at North Somerset Council with roles available in adults, and children’s and families teams, at different levels. To find out more browse our council jobs.

Our offer at a glance

  • competitive pay
  • relocation package
  • generous annual leave
  • excellent local government pension scheme
  • good management, regular supervision and low case loads
  • first class training and development
  • mobile working (access to iPads and laptops)
  • family friendly policies and flexible working
  • employee assistance programme including access to free counselling
  • an employer committed to equality and diversity
  • attractive area to live and work

Benefits

Competitive salary

  • social workers: £26,822-32,486
  • consultant social workers: £33,437-37,306
  • team leaders: £42,899-47,234
  • service leader: £52,743-56,490

Relocation package

Financial support up to the value of £6,000 may be available to help with relocation and removal expenses.

Generous holiday

26 or 28 days annual leave increasing by five days after five years continuous service, eight statutory holidays and an extra day at Christmas.

Local government pension scheme

Secure future income at a low cost to you, and we pay in too.

Ways of working

Good management, regular supervision and low caseloads

We know that social work is an emotionally demanding and potentially stressful profession. We have small teams with approachable managers who sit alongside their workers, offering support and guidance not just in regular supervision sessions but when needed, such as following a difficult home visit or phone call.

We have low caseloads, giving you the opportunity to build relationships and use direct work to improve the lives of our vulnerable children and young people. Within the community family teams work is varied and we support children in need and those in need of protection as well as during care proceedings and through to adoption, allowing you to develop your skills and enabling children to benefit from a sustained relationship with their social worker.

Within the community family teams are skilled support workers delivering both individual and group parenting support to assist in achieving positive outcomes as well as direct work with children. We are committed to developing you and we identify what you may need to progress in your career in annual appraisal plans (which are reviewed in line with your progress).

First class training and development

We invest in you to ensure you have the right skills and experiences to provide a first class service. North Somerset holds Investors in People accreditation. Acting up/secondment opportunities are encouraged to enable experience to be gained in different areas and to assist with professional development.

We offer a bursary scheme where you can apply to complete a masters degree or to apply for funding to complete training in other enhanced courses. We have been using signs of safety for some time and we have practice leaders in every area who are champions of this approach.

Mobile working

IT equipment including iPads, laptops and mobile phones enables mobile working and for you to work more flexibly.

Support for you

  • contribution to professional fees – we’ll help out with the cost of your professional subscription
  • cycle to work scheme – get a bike tax-free
  • access to pool cars to use for meetings
  • option to pay into a health cash plan that can help you manage the cost of dental treatment, eye tests, new glasses, etc.
  • free car parking at council offices
  • discounted travel on public transport and free business travel on public transport

Family friendly policies and flexible working

We understand the importance of balancing personal lives with the flexibility necessary to make sure business needs are met. To help you achieve the perfect balance we have a number of working practices in place:

  • flexi-time (work how you want around the core hours of your job)
  • job sharing
  • term-time only work
  • working from home
  • annualised hours (work the hours, but how you want to)
  • compressed weeks/fortnights (work your hours, but more over less days)
  • time off in lieu

We also offer a range of support to help you with your caring/family responsibilities including:

  • childcare benefit scheme
  • maternity and adoption pay that exceeds statutory requirements
  • paternity and parental leave
  • carers’ leave (up to five days paid leave a year)
  • dependents’ leave
  • bereavement leave

Employee assistance programme

A telephone service operating 24-hours a day, seven days a week – giving you access to specialist information and advice at a time that suits you.

  • confidential telephone counselling for when you need someone to talk to
  • assistance with face-to-face counselling when appropriate
  • legal information (excluding employment law)
  • medical and general practitioner call back
  • access to the online health portal

Support for disabled staff

We are proud to have been awarded the disability symbol ‘positive about disabled people’, working through the commitments of the scheme we will ensure that any disabled person who meets the minimum criteria for a job vacancy is guaranteed an interview. We also have a disability leave scheme where a disabled colleague can arrange to take up to 10 days leave to support any impairment need through negotiation with their line manager. Disabled colleagues are supported by our health and safety team, access officer for disabled people and access to work to ensure that any necessary reasonable adjustments are put in place to eliminate any barriers to employment.

Staff groups

Focusing on the issues raised through the annual staff survey, we have three staff groups – Disabled Staff Forum, Black and Minority Ethnic Staff Forum and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Staff Forum. These groups meet regularly with the aim of improving the working environment for all staff.

Equality and diversity training programme

We offer a comprehensive training programme for staff working with equality groups, including mandatory training for everyone on exploring roles and responsibilities in relation to equality and diversity.  This is complimented by a programme of equality events that focus on particular areas of equality to give staff practical tools when working in the community of North Somerset. Topics for these focused sessions include human trafficking, working with people with autism, mixed race families and people with a visual impairment.

Find out more…

If you’ve got questions, get in touch with us today.

Call Jackie Milton, community family service leader on 01275 888 270 to find out about opportunities for working with children in need, including child protection.

Call Amanda Braund, resource service leader on 01275 882 151 to talk about opportunities for working with care leavers, adoption and fostering.