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Children’s Newly Qualified Social Workers


When you join the Children and Young Peoples Service as a Newly Qualified Social Worker, we’ll support your development from the start. We’ll help you to play to your strengths, diversify your skills and build an influential and impactful career. With a variety of career paths and learning opportunities to explore, if you’re motivated and passionate there’s no limit to how far your ambition could take you.

Job Title: Children’s Newly Qualified Social Workers

Location: Ipswich IP1, UK

Re-imagine the possibilities.


At Suffolk County Council, we are passionate about providing the highest quality care and support to children and young people in need. That’s why we’re looking for flexible, highly motivated, and enthusiastic Newly Qualified Social Workers to join our teams. We believe that a healthy work-life balance is essential to providing good quality care, which is why we’ve created a positive environment where you will be fully supported to achieve your goals and reach your full potential during your Assessed and Support Year in Employment (ASYE).

Hear from our staff and find out more information visit: Our Social Work teams (

How Suffolk supports Newly Qualified Social Workers ( to grow, develop and progress.


What you need

You will need a relevant social work qualification and Social Work England registration.

You can view a full list of requirements in the Job and Person Profiles, if you believe you can succeed in this role, apply. Even if you don’t meet all requirements, still apply.

We would appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.


Shaping Careers and Learning

We understand that being a Newly Qualified Social Worker can be a challenging role, which is why we offer regular supervision to ensure you feel supported within your role. We also provide the necessary training to enhance your career development through our supportive career pathways programme. This way, you can be confident in your abilities and provide the best possible care to those in need.


You will have:

  • the commitment and full support from our management team and colleagues within the service to ensure you achieve your goals and get the best out of your ASYE
  • protected development and time for reflection, regular supervision with your Practice Manager, including ongoing CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and PDP (Personal Development Plan) to enable professional growth and a reduced caseload (from 15 cases in the first 6 months
  • clinical supervision by a seasoned professional. This does not only benefit your personal wellbeing but directly affects the experience of the children and young people within our care.


Empowering Everyone

We’re big believers in potential, possibility and the power of different ideas. We’re always searching for ways to encourage, respect and enable everyone to be the best they can be. We want to represent the diverse communities we serve. We welcome applications from all individuals, especially Males. This group is currently underrepresented in this directorate.

To find out about our beautiful county of Suffolk and see what a wonderful place it is to live and work Welcome to Suffolk (

More information on what we will offer you (


Additional benefits

  • Up to 29 days annual leave plus bank holidays per annum, pro rata for part time
  • An uplift of 3 additional annual leave days, pro rata for part time
  • 3 protected CPD days per annum
  • Access to a relocation package of up to £8,000, a car leasing scheme and a welcome loan of £2,000 for all new Social Workers moving to Suffolk
  • Free on-site car parking in all council buildings
  • Flexible working options and our commitment to supporting health and wellbeing
  • Detailed induction programme, including mandatory Signs of Safety training
  • Staff networks which are open to staff, councillors and partners that share similar characteristics, life experiences, values and beliefs.


We have opportunities available for Newly Qualified Social Workers across the following teams:

  • social care teams working with children subject to s17 and s47 assessment, a child in need, and child protection plans
  • child in care teams working with our children in care, both children in long-term placements and subject to care proceedings.

Find out where these teams are based around Suffolk (ppt).

Locality map, to understand where our 13 social care teams are based around Suffolk (ppt).

If you have a preference in terms of a location in Suffolk, then please state this within your application form


For more information

For an informal discussion about the role/s, please email at: cy********************@su*****.uk or contact Steve Blaney, Social Care Service Manager, by calling 07742505342.

For further information, please visit Social Work within Children and Young Peoples Services (

Sponsorship for a Health and Care Worker visa may be available for current UK residents. This role is based in Suffolk.


Apply Now!

Before applying for this job, please read the Job and Person Profile (docx) and our Progression Scheme (pdf)

You can then apply by uploading your CV (Curriculum Vitae) and completing a short online application form (stating in your application the role/s, location, and team you are applying for).


Closing date: 11.30pm, 29 February 2024.


Promoted as JOTW (Job of the Week) on Suffolk Jobs Direct.


This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. We are also committed to flexible working.

For the types of flexible or part-time working available for specific roles, please see the Job and Person Profile.

Suffolk County Council – welcoming diversity.

As a modern and effective council, we offer a wide variety of careers to suit people with a range of skills, abilities and ambitions. We offer working options that flex to reflect the way people work today and take the time to understand and support your individual needs. We’re driven to make a positive difference to the world around us and encourage everyone with drive and focus to join us and build an influential and impactful career. Reimagine the possibilities.

In return, you’ll enjoy:


  • up to 29 days annual leave entitlement (pro rata), plus UK bank holidays and two paid volunteering days
  • membership of a competitive Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • travel, lifestyle, health and wellbeing benefits
  • performance-related annual pay progression, in addition to an annual cost-of-living pay increase
  • training and encouragement to expand your knowledge
  • a variety of career development opportunities across our organisation
  • diverse and active staff networks
  • flexible working options, with the right to request flexible working from your first day
  • plus more!


If you would like to know more about our benefits, values and equality commitments please visit our Working for Suffolk County Council pages (


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