Suffolk County Council Children and Young People directorate

Suffolk County Council Children and Young People directorate Click to enlarge

Suffolk County Council's Children and Young People's directorate provide care for some of the vulnerable children, young people and their families in Suffolk.

If you are looking to grow professionally and further your career in social work, we can offer supportive practice where you can make a positive difference to people’s lives.

Our Children and Young People’s Service (CYPS) are actively looking to recruit  people like you, who share the same care, support, and dedication as we do. Here in Suffolk, we are proud to have created an environment where social workers can achieve the outcomes, they came into the profession to do.

We are proud to be recognised as one of leading social work authorities in the UK, whose children’s services are rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, "Services for children are of an exceptionally high standard. They are child-focused and make a positive difference to children's lives." (Ofsted, 2019). We have a well embedded practice framework to enable meaningful family focused help. ‘Signs of Safety’ enables us to do this respectfully and in collaboration with all the families, colleagues, and organisations we are working with.

As a Social Worker in Suffolk, we will provide you with:

- a supportive and pioneering practice where you can make a real difference while enjoying the benefits of living in Suffolk
- access to regular supervision and training to enhance career development and ensure you feel supported in your role.
the opportunity to grow professionally and further your career in social work. We have excellent career pathways and will support you if you wish to progress and develop in front line practice as well as any specific interests
- a retention payment of up to £4,000 for Social Workers within CYP
up to 31 days annual leave plus bank holidays per annum  (pro rata for part time)
- 3 CPD days to provide protected time and support to maintain registration with Social Work England
- 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 are open to staff, councillors and partners that share similar characteristics, life experiences, values and beliefs.

As a Suffolk County Council employee you will also have access to:

- Performance-related annual pay progression, in addition to an annual cost-of-living pay increase
- The opportunity to join a large, diverse organisation, with career opportunities across our services
- A supportive culture, underpinned by our WE ASPIRE Values
- Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
- Up to 28 days annual leave entitlement, plus UK bank holidays and two paid volunteering days
- An occupational sick pay scheme
- Learning and development opportunities, including a range of work-based apprenticeships
- Flexible working options, with the right to request flexible working from your first day
- A range of diverse and active staff networks centred around equality groups
- A range of discounts for shopping, leisure and travel
Plus more

Everyone is welcome in Suffolk!

Only an hour outside London, Suffolk is increasingly attracting talented people choosing to move away from London to live in a county that can offer lively and thriving urban market towns alongside rural and coastal villages. Here is a lifestyle that offers choices and a great place to live, low-cost housing across the county, good schools, plenty of opportunities for both cultural and outdoor activities and strong, safe communities. A county filled with natural beauty situated on the east coast of England, bordered by 50 miles of glorious coastline, and topped with breathtakingly beautiful open skies. Suffolk is undoubtably one of the most beautiful parts of the UK and it’s easy to see why people move to the area with its award-winning beaches and picturesque nature reserves, Suffolk is the perfect place to live.

Why Suffolk? | Suffolk County Council


If you would like the opportunity to join a large, diverse organisation with a fantastic, inclusive working environment and great flexible working options, as well as the opportunity to improve the lives of Suffolk residents please come and speak to us at the COMPASS Jobs Fair in London 21st November, located on Stand 13. You can also find out more and view our current job opportunities by visiting our


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