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Senior Social Worker - Adult Learning & Disabilities

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

We're closely connected to what we do: we’re here to work with our communities and to make a difference. 

We’re exploring new ways of working with adults with a learning disability and/or autism and it's allowed us to create some exciting new opportunities for our staff including increasing access to post-registration training and our unique Social Work Learning Academy. 

We're proud of the work that we do and when you join our team, you'll be enabling the people we support to live their best life. 

This is a hugely diverse social work role. No one day is the same! For adults with learning difficulties, you’ll open the door to lives of independence, fulfilment and joy. And your impact won’t stop there. This positive change will be felt across families and throughout the Staffordshire communities we’re proud to serve. 

Main Responsibility

As a Senior Social Worker in this team, you’ll: 

  • offer management support and supervision to your team of Social Workers and Senior Practitioners

  • lead, coach, and support them to deliver for our communities ensuring we meet the needs of the people we support and their families

  • Co-ordinate, oversee and make clear decisions in managing work and allocation

  • have a passion for supporting adults to achieve their full potential and want to gain further experience in improving outcomes 

  • have the chance to support adults from the very start of their journey, reviewing their goals and ambitions 

  • continue to promote independence and opportunities, ensuring that these have positive outcomes 

  • undertake assessments, support planning, review and case management to support adults with a learning disability and/or autism ensuring that they, their families/carers and the people important to them are supported to live the life that they want to live 

The Ideal Candidate

It goes without saying, you will need a professional social work qualification (DipSW, CQSW, CSS) or other social work qualification certified by Social Work England

Whether you’ve managed and mentored a team before or you're looking to take your first steps in developing your management skills this is a great opportunity for an experienced Social Worker looking to move up in your career and progress in your profession.   

You’ll also be: 

  • motivated by the purpose of your role – to help and support others  

  • a real team player you’ll be able to flex to the needs of the team 

  • a proven track record of a person centred, and asset focused outlook and you’ll have high professional standards

  • able to develop excellent supervision skills and an ability to enable practitioners to develop and thrive in their roles. 

What you’ll get from us 

You’ll receive professional supervision and be working in a team of high performing, dedicated and most importantly - friendly colleagues. 

In return for your skills, enthusiasm and commitment we will support you to take your career to the next level within an exciting, progressive and diverse service.

If you require any further information about this role, please contact Sara Bell at


**Sometimes we can get a lot of applications for our vacancies so please don't wait to apply as we may need to close the advert early**

About Staffordshire County Council

We are no ordinary county council:

Our Values:

The core of who we are as an organisation. Just like we all have personal values that shape our thoughts and behaviour, organisational values drive how we think and act collectively.

Our values were created and shaped by colleague feedback and national best practice and they sit at the heart of People Strategy:

We have a real sense of community spirit that brings our people together. This feeling of belonging means we are all connected to what we do and take pride in the difference we make every day for Staffordshire people. We are ambitious and our sights are set firmly on a better future.

We look forward and race ahead - that goes for your career too. 

Our benefits:

We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance. We’ve achieved this by offering more flexible working practices and supplying the tools and equipment to enable more smart and agile working.

We’ve created a supportive working environment here at Staffordshire County Council because we recognise the benefits of enabling our employees to achieve their full potential whilst enjoying a healthy work-life balance. We’ve achieved this by offering more flexible working practices and supplying the tools and equipment to enable more smart and agile working.

In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to a range of benefits.

Our recruitment process:

As an Authority we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, a Silver Award Armed Forces employer and our commitment to supporting care leavers - we offer a guaranteed interview as long as your application meets the minimum criteria for the post. 

As you’ll know safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people/vulnerable adults is important to us and that’s why this position is subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service. If applicable you should disclose details of unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.

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