Kent County Council Adult Services

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This is the page for Kent County Council's Adult Services. Click here to see Kent County Council’s opportunities to work with Children instead.

Kent is a great place to live and an even better place to be a social worker. Just ask staff who made the change and moved to Kent to take up a new role have to say about their experience...



“After thirty years of living and working in London, we decided as a family to leave the hustle and bustle behind. I originally applied to join KCC as a social worker and was successful, but was offered further interview opportunities before I actually moved and ended up starting in the service as a senior practitioner. Within four months I took up my role as team manager and am now an acting service manager covering maternity leave. What impressed me most was that KCC kept in touch throughout the recruitment process before I moved to Kent thereby widening my opportunities before I arrived…I felt supported, valued and wanted by the organisation and this has continued since my employment.”
Joy, Interim Service Manager, Dover, Kent  

“My name is Sharon. I am a newly qualified social worker. I completed my final placement at a Specialist Adults Team in Kent County Council. This experience gave me an insight into processes, organisation’s culture and values. I was supported throughout my placement and I also observed new employees being fully supported using an interactive and personalised induction process. This reassured me that if I was to stay within KCC I will be supported as this was important for me as a newly qualified. I knew the induction process will not only cover all the aspects of the service, but it will cater to my individual practice learning needs which is essential for a good foundation in my career. Practitioners were valued and opportunities were created for them to contribute to any changes in process or organisational structures was appealing to me.”

Sharon, Older People and Physical Disability Services, Folkestone, Kent 


Find out about careers with us

As a large and diverse county, Kent offers exciting opportunities and challenges for experienced and talented social workers, occupational therapists and qualified nurses who want to do the best for vulnerable adults. With London and the continent on our doorstep, Kent is a county of vibrant towns and cities, offering a wealth of heritage, a buzzing art and cultural scene, great schools and stunning countryside and coastline. Manageable caseloads, excellent training and supervision, flexible working conditions and supportive teams mean that there is a real opportunity to reach that vital work-life balance.

It’s the perfect time to join Kent’s adult social care services - we have gone through a period of transformation and modernisation and are continuing to develop our services. This includes greater role definition, workload and performance management and greater focus on collaborative and partnership working and integration with health services. There is a renewed focus on social work and we have just introduced the Adults PSW role. We believe in helping people to ‘live a life, not a service’, by focusing on what people can do, not what they can’t do. Our core statutory purpose is to work with individuals with care and support needs who may require any of the services we arrange or provide. We will do this through the asset, or ‘strengths’ based approach we mention above. This asset based approach builds on what individuals, families and communities can do with the right support. It builds on a combination of human, social and physical capital. Our aim is to promote an individuals’ wellbeing; supporting them to live independent and fulfilling lives in their own homes and communities, and achieve outcomes that are important to them.

We offer great pay and incentives to reward the hard work of our staff. There are also first class training and development opportunities to help you achieve your full potential.

- Relocation packages up to £8,000- this includes offering financial assistance with initial rental deposits or other expenses to people moving into Kent. The Local Authority Mortgage Scheme also helps eligible first time buyers to get a mortgage with a lower deposit

- Training and development- this includes professional social care development, IT administration and management development.

- Work/life balance- this includes manageable caseloads and flexible working including job share, part-time, flex-time and time out.

- As part of our ongoing commitment to flexible working, we recognise that employees may want a break away from work at some point during their career. Time out gives employees the opportunity to do this with the security of a job to return to and allows us to retain valued staff

- 25-30 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)

- A range of family support, including childcare vouchers

- Discounts and cashback at over 1,200 retailers

- Excellent local government pension scheme

- Free counselling sessions 

Join us now and help us make sure that adults who rely on social care can live healthy and fulfilled lives.


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