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Senior Social Worker - Children in Care

Vacancy Details

Salary: £42,403 - £45,441
Location: Civic Centre
Job Type: Permanent
Category: City Council (External Vacancy)
Closing Date:
Reference: 0000022177


Directorate: Children and Family Services

Section: Children's Social Care

Grade: Level 12

Hours: 37 hours per week


This advert is open to both internal and external applicants



We are seeking experienced and visionary Senior Childrenand Families Social Workers to join our dynamic team. If you are passionate about making a lasting impact on the lives of children in care and are driven to lead by example, we want to hear from you.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Leadership and Coordination: Lead the completion of statutory duties, coordinating and overseeing children’s plans that are tailored to their individual needs. Ensure these plans are aspirational and focus on achieving the best possible outcomes.
  • Direct Work and Engagement: Engage directly with children to develop restorative relationships, helping them understand their journeys and supporting them in achieving their permanency plans.
  • Collaboration: Work closely with our Contact Service to promote meaningful family time with parents, siblings, and significant others, helping children build strong support networks as they transition towards independent living.
  • Permanency Planning: Play a key role in permanency planning, supporting pathways to Adoption and Special Guardianship, and providing development and progression opportunities for the team.


What We Offer:

  • Experienced Support Network: Benefit from the support of team coordinators and an established management team, allowing you to focus on impactful direct work with children.
  • Professional Development: Access a high-quality learning and development program designed to enhance your skills and support your career progression.
  • Community and Culture: Join a city that values togetherness, boasting some of the friendliest people in the UK. Stoke-on-Trent is celebrated for its economic growth, cultural richness, and green spaces.


Why Stoke-on-Trent?

Stoke-on-Trent is a city on the rise, recognized as one of the best areas for economic growth and cultural vibrancy. Located in North Staffordshire, we offer excellent transport links across the UK and internationally. Our commitment to children and families is at the heart of everything we do, and we pride ourselves on our restorative practice and relationship-building ethos.

Join Us:

If you are ready for a challenging yet rewarding role where your expertise will be valued and your professional growth supported, Stoke-on-Trent City Council is the place for you. Be part of a team that prioritizes children and families and make a real difference in their lives.

Apply now to become a Senior Children and Families Social Worker at Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Your next career milestone awaits!


For these roles you must


  • Be a qualified Social Worker with significant experience 
  • You will have expansive knowledge of relevant childcare legislation, including a clear understanding of ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’.
  •  An ability to build effective relationships with children, young people, and families.



Amongst the benefits we offer are:


  • Up to 40 days holiday (including 8 days bank holidays)
  • Option to buy extra annual leave
  • Flexible working hours
  • Hybrid working
  • Relocation allowance to £8,000 subject to policy
  • Manageable caseloads
  • High quality reflective supervision
  • Health and wellbeing support
  • Access to staff equality and diversity networks



To be considered for a position you must have a degree in Social Work or equivalent and be registered with Social Work England.


Want to know more and apply?

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Stoke-on-Trent City Council. As a potential employee, everyone who works for us must be committed to our stronger together vision ensuring we are working together to create a stronger city we can all be proud of.

If you are passionate about children and young people getting the right help at the right time, about listening to their voices, and about working in partnership with families and wider networks, then we would very much like to hear from you. 


If you would like to find out more please contact 

Tracey Chapman  Service Manager     


Please also see the Job Pack attached to this advert.



Additional Information

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and we expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment.  This position is exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the successful applicant will be subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Stoke-on-Trent City Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this – we therefore encourage applications from all sections of our community. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed together


Please note that if an employee who is currently at risk of redundancy within the organisation applies for this vacancy their application will receive priority.  If this happens you will be advised accordingly.


To Apply


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In order to apply for this vacancy, you must be able to supply the required answers to the following questions:

  • Do you have the Right to Work in the UK?


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