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Children's Services South West Surrey

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


St Francis Centre

Find out more about how to get to the St Francis Centre, its contact details, opening hours and parking, by visiting our webpage: St Francis Centre.

Catchment area

The south west area covers the following two boroughs and their areas:

  • Guildford - Guildford, Ash, Effingham, Pirbright, Ripley
  • Waverley - Cranleigh, Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere

About us

Our office is just 15 minutes south of the M25 (Junction 10), just west of the historic town centre of Guildford and near to the borders of Hampshire, West Sussex and Berkshire; where many of our social workers commute from via car.

Guildford has excellent train links to London and the south of England.

Rural Waverley is nearby, as are the Surrey Hills, designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The following are located here with us, promoting a supportive, communicative and friendly atmosphere:

Siobhan Walsh - Assistant Director for Children's Services

"The South West Surrey area covers the boroughs of Guildford and Waverley.

In having a relatively stable workforce with low turnover, we have been able to create a welcoming, supportive and friendly atmosphere across our teams. We work collaboratively both in the area and with partners, building positive relationships which support our work with children and families.

We have a long history of facilitating staff development with many unqualified workers joining the area as students or Family Support Workers and enjoying career progression into social worker and managerial roles. This in turn has contributed to the development of an experienced and knowledgeable management group supportive of practitioners.

We encourage staff to move between teams, developing a breadth of experience which enables them to understand all elements of the child's journey. There is a strong area identity and this assists in supporting teams at times when the there is a greater level of need. We are fortunate to have a skilled business support team who contribute significantly to the overall functioning of our area.

We are a committed and hard working group of practitioners, embracing our new Family Safeguarding practice model and enjoying the learning this provides in creating sustained change with families and contributing to better outcomes.

We also make time once a week for our Friday quiz over lunchtime, a great way to end the week.

If you are interested in any of our vacancies we would be more than happy to discuss these with you and what you can expect in joining the South West area."