Isle of Wight Council

Children's Assessment Safeguarding Team

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Social Workers (Ref: 2023_418)

This is a site based role on the Isle of Wight with agile and flexible work practices. Office location will be County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight

Career Grade 9-10, £35,035 to £38,232 per annum, plus a market supplement between £2,603 rising to £8,657 (this is reviewed annually)

Vacancy Reference: 2023_418

Closing Date: 28/07/2024

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: 37 per week

Social workers are committed to making a positive change. Each year, they help millions of people to improve their chances in life.”  

- Social Work England’s Chief Executive, Colum Conway


On the Isle of Wight our new Children’s Service leadership team understand that our social workers and our staff require the right environment to succeed in this challenging, rewarding and important field.


Our vision is ‘creating change together’, which drives our values and behaviours to create change - in partnership  with our children and families, our dedicated Children’s Service staff, our partners, and community services, to improve the lives of children on the Isle of Wight.


We value and respect the work you do and ensure our social work teams are given the right tools, conditions, support and guidance needed to make real change happen.  


Our social workers benefit from;   


·        Personal assistants to help with admin, diary management, visits, and recording; so you can spend more time with families.

·        Five extra days to take during the year for professional development; to support your career progression and ongoing learning.

·       Our nine-day working fortnight, providing an additional 26 days’ time off in lieu a year
(enabling you to make the most of all the Isle of Wight lifestyle can offer.)

This is a unique and exciting time to join our team. Following the successful completion of our 10-year partnership with Hampshire County Council on the 31st January 2024, we have welcomed a brand-new senior leadership team with the determination and skill to build our new Children's Service.


Together they are already working to create one connected directorate, where Children’s Social Care and our Education, Inclusion and Access services are 100% focussed on improving the lives of children and families on the Isle of Wight.


Here in Children’s Social Care we are reviewing and redesigning our child assessment safeguarding service with the aim of reducing caseloads, improving the quality of reflective supervision and creating the right conditions for social workers to focus on positive impacts and outcome for children.

We are seeking dedicated, skilled, and ambitious social workers who share our vision to get things right for children, at the right time, in the right place, with the right support and intervention.

Do you...

Want a new challenge?
Want to work in a dynamic environment?
Want to focus on improvement and continual learning?
Share our vision and ambition to get things right for children?
Share our aim to intervene at the right time, in the right place and with the right support?

If the answer is yes , we would love to hear from you!

Our practice model is; 

·         relational
·         strengths based
·         solution focussed
·         restorative

We embody this model in all our relationships. We embrace an inclusive culture and will support you in your role and challenge you to be your best.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Lauren Wicks  or by calling on 01983 821000.


Isle of Wight Children's Service Social Care achieved a Good Ofsted rating in 2018, which was maintained in November 2023. 


This council and its schools recruit according to the council’s Recruitment, Policy and Procedure and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.

The management reporting line for this role is ultimately through the Isle of Wight Council Children’s Services directorate.

The Isle of Wight Council is committed to supporting all newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) through the implementation of a robust post graduate competency framework referred to as the Assessed and Supported Year of Employment (ASYE). The ASYE is intended to be the first stage of the continuing professional development for Registered Social Workers, and the framework will be closely allied to the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).  You will be therefore, be required to satisfactorily complete the ASYE programme within a 12-month period (or 18 months if part time).

If you have difficulty completing your online application or need further information about how to apply, phone 01983 823134 or email Please note: Only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

We often receive a high volume of applicants for our vacancies. If you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion. We actively encourage you to revisit our job page and apply to alternate posts that may be suitable.


Closing Date: 28 July 2024