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Becoming a Children's Social Worker

Coronavirus update

Subject to the ongoing situation, it's essential that we continue recruiting safely. Therefore, interviews and communication will be virtual wherever possible and this will be communicated to you directly by the hiring manager.

Please also expect that advert closing dates and interview dates may change as required. We still continue to welcome applications for our current roles and wish you the best of luck with your application.

We would welcome applications especially for our most critical roles to ensure we're supporting our residents

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Qualifications and experience

To join us as a Social Worker you'll need to have:

  • An appropriate Social Worker qualification.
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration.
  • A full valid UK driver's licence and vehicle.
  • Experience of working with children and young people is preferable within a statutory childcare environment.
  • The ability to demonstrate that you're child focused and have knowledge of best practice and relevant legislation.
  • Commitment to providing the very highest standards of care.
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau disclosure) with Children's and Adults barred checklist.

Find out more about becoming a social worker, by visiting the National Careers Service website.


Recruitment process

  1. On receiving CVs from applicants, the Specialist Lead Consultant Surrey Recruitment Taskforce reviews them to ensure that applicants have the correct qualification and required experience for the role.
  2. Suitably qualified applicants are sent a series of screening questions that are relevant to the role they have applied for. These are then marked by members of the Recruitment Taskforce Team who are at Service Manager Level.
  3. Those who have answered the above questions satisfactorily are sent a timed test.
  4. Successful applicants at this stage are invited to a selection day.
  5. Once an offer has been made an assigned officer from the Taskforce will keep you updated on the progress of your onboarding.

Why become a Social Worker?

Improve, empower and care

  • Improve the lives of the children and young people living in Surrey.
  • Empower children and young people to have voice.
  • Care about children and young people, their wellbeing and their future.

Our poem about what it means to be Children's Social Worker

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