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Senior Supervising Social Worker
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/55644/17823
  • Published: Wed 06/10/2021, 11:14 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 31/10/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 28.8 hours per week
  • Salary: £40,227 - £44,619 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Woking

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Senior Supervising Social Worker

The starting salary for this role is £32,181.60 per annum based on a 28.8 working hour week, pro-rata to £40,227. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for part-time Senior Supervising Social Worker specialising in the General Fostering to work 4 days a week based in Woking.

You will be part of a creative fostering service that works with the theories of trauma, attachment and loss, social pedagogy and restorative practice to ensure the best outcomes for our children and young people.

The primary focus of the role will be supervising Foster Carers, as well as completing assessments for temporary approval under Regulation 24 and carrying out general tasks within the wider fostering team.

Self-motivated and accustomed to working to deadlines, you will have good IT and communication skills, with experience of establishing and nurturing multi-agency relationships.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position, your application will clearly evidence:

  • Experience of working with children and young people and a comprehensive knowledge of legislation relating to Looked After Children
  • Ability to work directly with the wider public, Foster Carers and young people and able to produce clear, evidence based and analytical assessments
  • Flexibility to work evenings and occasional weekends, as the role includes attending recruitment events and home visits outside office hours
  • You must be a qualified Social Worker, registered with Social Work England

Although the role is primarily based within the Fostering Team in Quadrant Court, Woking you will need to be prepared to travel countywide and in some instances country-wide, therefore you must have the willingness and ability to travel to meet the demands of this role.

Surrey operates an agile working policy; all of our buildings have been risk assessed and are Covid secure with social care staff accessing offices on a rota/agile basis. We continue to visit children face to face unless there is an exceptional reason not to and adhere to the government guidance regarding social distancing and use of PPE. The safety of our staff, vulnerable children and families is our paramount consideration and we continue to use virtual and hybrid models for meetings with professionals and families.  

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Sur.rey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 31st October 2021 with interviews to follow. 

Surreys Children’s service keeps on improving and with children at the heart of everything we do we share a passion, desire and commitment to become a high performing local authority and ultimately be recognised by Ofsted as Good and then Outstanding. We understand that the key to our success is our motivated and supported workforce who share our values and commitment to improving the lives of children in Surrey. As such we have created a new financial package that reflects our commitment to our staff and how much we value their support to achieve our shared goals. 

From 1 October 2020 we are offering a new financial package of up to £6,000 to new permanent qualified frontline case-holding social workers, team managers and Independent Chairs (please see attached T&C's for further details)

Refer a friend 

Employees who refer a friend to a hard-to-recruit post within Adult Social Care or Children's Services could receive a £1,000 payment in return. A referral can be made at any time.

An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Carol Norrington at


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council 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. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.