Social Worker

  • Job Reference: 00033630-1
  • Date Posted: 13 January 2021
  • Recruiter: CV-Library
  • Location: Bedford, Bedfordshire
  • Salary: £32,234 to £37,890
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical, Covid-19
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Social Worker


Salary: £32,234 - £37,890 per annum plus welcome payment & MRS up to £12,000

*Due to COVID-19, we want to assure applicants that Bedford are committed to scheduling interviews quickly and will use technology to interview safely and remotely*

In addition to salary, the package includes up to £6,000 welcome payment dependant, flexible working opportunities and up to £6,000 market rate supplement (subject to annual review). A retention payment scheme is currently in place to recognise length of service.

We are making a difference

In Bedford Borough, Children, Young People and Families are at the heart of everything we do - and we need social workers who share our passion and determination to make a lasting difference to the lives of the families we work with.

We are incredibly proud of our safeguarding service and the motivated and highly skilled staff who work hard every day to keep children safe. Ofsted recognised in their focused visits during 2019 that "staff morale is high", "senior leaders are visible, active and engaged with frontline practice in a way that is helping to develop an environment in which social work can flourish as well as a working culture that leaves staff feeling well supported and appropriately challenged" and "the stability of the workforce has increased significantly making it possible for children and families to develop more meaningful relationships with their social workers."

Making a difference together

Bedford Borough are committed to systemic practice and ensuring that relationships are at the centre of our interventions. We are focussed on enabling and supporting change for families openly and collaboratively. Ofsted also recognised during our focused visits in 2019 that "children benefit from sensitive direct work" and "the Local Authority's investment in the professional development of its workforce, particularly in systemic practice, is staring to pay dividends, as is evidenced by increasingly strong, relationship - based practice with children, families and carers."

Are you passionate about working with children, young people and families? Are you creative, dedicated and committed to creating change? We want you to help us transform the lives and futures of the families we work with.

In Bedford Borough, you will have a bespoke learning program developed with your line manager. We have invested in ensuring all of our permanent staff are trained in systemic social work practice and we will support you to learn and develop in this area. Your development will also be supported by regular supervision and performance reviews as well as coaching, e-learning and other reflection and learning opportunities.

Bedford Borough currently have a number of permanent opportunities for Social Workers to join the following teams:

Assessment team
Family Support teams

As a Social Worker at Bedford Borough Council, you'll need:

A degree in Social Work or equivalent qualification
Successful completion of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) or the Children's Workforce Development Council's Newly Qualified Social Worker programme
Experience relevant to the team you're applying for
Registration with Social Work England
A desire to make a difference

It's also important that you feel comfortable and confident working independently and managing your workload. To enable you to do your best work, you will be provided with tools that allow you to be agile, including a tablet and a smart phone.

If you're a Social Worker looking for your next step, please send your CV to

Guidant is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.

Guidant is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy