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Be a children's social worker

There are lots of good reasons to be a children's social worker in Derbyshire.

We're committed to increasing the number of social workers across our services as part of our strategy to reduce caseloads and promote effective working relationships with children and families through our systemic approach to social work intervention.

We support newly qualified social workers to progress in their career and grow the number of experienced social workers within our existing workforce. Through supportive frameworks and excellent progression opportunities we are dedicated to continually improving our staff retention rates.

We are an ambitious and innovative authority with a strong commitment to building upon our successful recruitment and expanding our existing workforce.

We work hard to ensure that our social workers have the time and resources to be their best and deliver good outcomes for children and families. Our vision means working creatively to inspire and empower children, young people, and their families to be the best they can be.

Apply to be a social worker with us

We currently have a number of exciting opportunities, for both newly qualified and experienced social workers, to join our child protection, children in need and disability teams across all 6 localities of the county (Amber Valley, Chesterfield, Erewash, High Peak, Bolsover and North East and South Derbyshire) and our specialist disability service.

If you would like a rewarding career within our dedicated team, we would love to hear from you.

Apply now

Our offer

We believe that hard work and commitment to your role should be rewarded, so we offer a package to our social workers that will ensure you always feel supported and valued:

  • manageable case loads
  • diverse range of cases providing an exciting, challenging and rewarding career
  • effective leadership and management which helps to reduce risk for our social workers and the children and families they support
  • excellent supervision and a supportive peer network
  • accelerated pay progression opportunities for frontline social workers following their ASYE
  • systemic training equivalent to post graduate certificate
  • access to an excellent range of training and development opportunities, worth over £5,000, including leadership and management development
  • fantastic opportunities to undertake further formal qualifications and career progression through our career pathways
  • DBS check undertaken and paid for by us
  • Social Work England registration fee reimbursed

Benefits of working for us

We believe that hard work and commitment to your role should be rewarded, so we offer a package to our social workers that will ensure you always feel supported and valued:

  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • generous annual leave and flexi-time scheme
  • travel expenses
  • discount on leisure centre memberships
  • free car parking at most sites
  • free eye tests for employees who regularly use a computer
  • an in-house counselling service
  • occupational health service
  • access to sessions with a trained physiotherapist
  • cycle to work scheme

Market supplement

Posts in our child protection and children in care teams attract a starting salary of £31,629 pro rata which includes a market supplement (currently in place until the end of June 2023). This is a separate payment made in addition to the normal salary as detailed.

Market supplement:
Appointed onBasic salary per annumMarket supplement payment per annumSalary including market supplement per annum
Grade 9: pay point 19 £30,038 £4,000 pro rata £34,038 pro rata
Grade 10: pay points 20 to 23 £31,109 - £34,314 pro rata £3,000 pro rata £34,109 - £37,314 pro rata
Grade 11: pay points 24 to 27 £35, 414 - £38,713 pro rata £2,000 pro rata £37,414 - £40,713 pro rata

Great place to live and work

Derbyshire is also a great place to live and work. It's only a short drive to Derby, Nottingham, Sheffield, and Manchester but is also home to miles of beautiful countryside and has the Peak District National Park on its doorstep.

The county enjoys house prices below the UK average and has great road and rail links.

Ask us about the role

You can also use our online form to ask us any questions you might have about our social worker jobs or working for us. You can also use the form to register your interest in becoming a social worker with us.

Ask us about the role