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Children’s social work 2023-03-20T13:35:15+00:00

Develop your career in children’s social work at South Gloucestershire Council

At South Gloucestershire Council, we’ll support you at every moment.

We’re absolutely focused on providing an excellent service; we keep workloads manageable, we welcome flexible working and we’re recognised for the opportunities we provide for career development, training and secondment.

Following a significant new investment in our service, we are currently recruiting to a number of roles across our frontline Children’s Services team.

If you are, or have been, a children’s social worker and you want to help make a difference to vulnerable children’s lives – get in touch with our Recruitment Advisor, Joe Scrase, by sending an email to

Alternatively, if you have a specific team you are interested in, complete the online contact form.

Our grades and pay scales for vacant posts:

  • Social Worker £32,020 – £34,723
  • Advanced Social Worker £36,298 – £39,493
  • Senior Social Worker £40,478 – £43,516

You must already have completed your ASYE if you qualified since 2012.

These posts attract a gross lump sum £3,000 ‘recruitment payment’ pro rata, offered to enable Social Workers who have already successfully completed their ASYE to join our permanent workforce.  This is payable upon successful completion of your probationary period (after approximately 3-6 months) and is subject to eligibility criteria.

These posts are currently eligible for a market factor £3,000 ‘retention payment’, pro rata, payable in November annually to those with two years’ service with the council in Integrated Children’s Services in an eligible post, inclusive of any ASYE period.

We also provide up to £8,000 relocation package, flexible working and a suite of employee benefits  including a generous annual leave entitlement, pension and Social Work England registration fees reimbursement.

If you’re determined to be here for the children and families who need you, then we’re determined to be here for you, too.

Our staff say...

I feel extremely fortunate to work for an organisation which cares deeply about staff wellbeing

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Being a relatively small authority, we have strong connections with services managers and heads of service.

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I’m always looking to stretch myself and I’d heard that if I wanted development and challenge, South Gloucestershire was the place to go.

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My manager has always helped me to find the time to continue my learning

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As a newly qualified I feel I’m trusted to take charge of my work, but at the same time am fully supported.

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I feel safe and reassured. My manager is knowledgeable and approachable, knows my cases and children and has my back.

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There’s a great team spirit, which I think is due in no small part to the relationships we have with our managers and service managers.

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I felt really supported from day one. There’s a great team spirit and a culture where our skills, experience and expertise are recognised.

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