Experienced Social Worker
£33,820 - £42,503 for 37 hours (pro rata for 18.5 hour)
1st Aug, 2023
Job description

We’re Kirklees – Come and Join our team

We’re on an ambitious journey and looking for passionate and committed social workers to join our teams which are already transforming our children and young people services.

We are currently recruiting experienced social workers. We have vacancies in both our locality based Assessment and Intervention teams and our Looked after Children teams.

Our last Ofsted inspection highlighted our progress stating:

"progress has been achieved through increased corporate commitment and investment in services, clear and focused leadership, strengthening of partnerships for example the duty and advice team, and improved workforce stability and engagement.

Children who need help and protection are now recognised, and risk of significant harm is quickly responded to.”

We are not complacent and continue our hard work on our improvement plan to ensure that we offer the best service to children and families in Kirklees.

Our progress so far is clear:

  • The social work teams are now close to full complement and all leadership and management posts are filled with permanent staff.

  • Advanced Practitioners provide more support for social workers and more focus on developing practice.

  • Working in locality teams and building effective relationships with partners.

  • A remuneration package which reflects the challenges of the role.

Our Offer to You:

“Senior managers have successfully recruited and retained social workers……. Kirklees Council nurtures and develops its new social work staff.” (Ofsted 2019)

We are pioneering a Restorative Practice approach to social work which involves innovation and locality working with high quality relationships at the heart of our approach. You will work with manageable caseloads and we will ensure that you have high-quality professional development and receive high standards of induction, supervision and management.

We have a bespoke learning and development offer at all levels of social work allowing you access to professional development opportunities enabling you to develop and progress your career. Our well-established career structure also supports us to develop our own managers and leaders.

For more information or to have an informal discussion please call 01484 221000 and ask for Charlotte Jackson for Assessment and Intervention or Ophelia Rix or Rahila Habib for Looked after Children.

Please indicate in your application which team you would prefer. 

Travel is an essential part of this job and therefore it would be extremely difficult for you to do your job effectively if you did not use a car for all or most of the time. It is essential that you hold a full and valid driving licence and it is expected that you will either use a council vehicle or your own car.


For appointment to Level 3 Social Worker applicants need to demonstrate they have successfully been assessed against the requirements of progression to Level III.

For appointment to Senior Practitioner, applicants need to demonstrate that they have successfully assessed against the requirements for Senior Practitioner level.

Appointments will be made at a level appropriate to your skills and experience.

We have opportunities across our services. For more information or to have an informal discussion please call 01484 221000 and ask for:

In order to be considered for these jobs please complete the on line application form which includes a shortlisting questionnaire. 

This job is subject to a DBS check at the appropriate level, please refer to the Job Description/Profile.  A conviction may not exclude candidates from appointment but will be considered as part of the recruitment process.

We know there’s a wealth of talent among people who have a disability and we encourage applications from people with all differing abilities. So, if you need any support completing an application form, or any other format for the application or Job Description please contact the Recruitment Team for help by email: jobs@kirklees.gov.uk or phone: 01484 221000 and ask for ‘Recruitment’.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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