Training for social workers

Our commitment to you

We understand and appreciate the importance of the role you do and we share the passion and enthusiasm you have for ensuring positive outcomes for children.

To ensure you feel supported in the day to day tasks and engaged in your continuing career as a social worker, we are committed to supporting you in your continuing professional development through:

  • comprehensive learning and development programmes,
  • regular training on relevant trends and topics
  • workshops and peer/social learning opportunities
  • further opportunities to enhance your qualifications, skills and professional development.

Career progression

There are significant opportunities for career progression across all our teams within Surrey.

Social Workers who wish to become Senior Social Workers will produce a portfolio of evidence which they will then discuss at a progression panel, chaired by the Head of the Academy. The Social worker applicant will need to be supported by their manager.

Emily Dabin, Senior Social Worker (for children in need of support and protection) tells us a bit about her experience and progression journey as she moved from Social Worker into a Senior Social Worker post.

"The process from Social Worker to Senior Social Worker was straightforward and accommodated for those of us who may perform better in written work than formal interview. I was wholly supported by my Team Manager both in encouraging me to apply for the progression but they also committed themselves to complete their part of the portfolio too. Being a Social Worker is a busy and demanding role so it is nice to work for a Local Authority that supports career progression and recognises their workers' experience and skills."

We will invest in you and support you to become the best you can be. This will help you, and us, deliver outstanding service for our children and their families.

The Surrey Children's Services Academy provides learning opportunities and supports the development of an outstanding and resilient children's workforce by ensuring we create a culture of continuous development.

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