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Social Worker Children and Families

We are recruiting experienced, committed, creative, resilient, experienced Social Workers to join our Children's Social Care teams across Cheshire West and Chester.

Cheshire West and Chester Council
Chester, Ellesmere Port, Winsford
Job Category
Children and Young People Services
Please refer to advert text
Salary Min
£32,076 per annum
Salary Max
£45,291 per annum
Hours per week
Weeks per year
Employment Type
Closing Date
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Cheshire West and Chester Council is a place where everyone can Thrive – through our core values of Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Value for Money and Empowerment.

We want to recruit experienced, committed, creative, resilient, experienced Social Workers to join our Children's Social Care teams across Cheshire West and Chester.

We have expanded our Social Work Teams across all our children’s statutory services so that we can continue to provide a high level of service to our children and families to ensure they receive the right service at the right time, and so that our Social Workers workload reflects our intention to carry on providing the best possible service in a creative working culture.   

This is an ongoing recruitment programme and whilst the closing date for applications has been set, please note that applications will be considered as they are received and interviews arranged, so please don’t wait until the closing date if you are interested in applying.

We are recruiting to the following teams: -

Child in Need Teams, based in Chester, Ellesmere Port and Winsford.

Child Protection/Court Teams based in Chester, Winsford and Ellesmere Port

Permanence Teams (working with children who are ‘looked after’) based in Winsford and Ellesmere Port.

If you are an experienced Social Worker looking to work in an organisation that actively encourages personal and career development and progression, where your skills can be enhanced in a culture of support and collaboration, then Cheshire West and Chester is certainly worth your consideration.  

Currently we are not able to consider newly qualified social workers.  You will need to have a minimum of 12 months post qualifying experience and will have completed your ASYE (Assessed and Supported Year of Employment).

You will need experience in assessment and planning in child in need and/or child protection and/or working with children who subject to Care Proceedings’ and are 'looked after'.

Please see Job Description / Person Specification.

Grade 8- SCP 23- 28, £32,076 - £36,648

Grade 9- SCP 27- 31, £35,745 - £39,186

Grade 10- SCP 31- 35, £39,186 - £45,291

Our Children's Social Care workforce is passionate and committed to improving outcomes for children by providing a consistent, high-quality service to children and families, together with excellent working relationships with our partners and the support from a stable leadership and management team. We are committed to a culture of shared learning and development in which you will have an active part to play in the continued progress of our services to children and families.

We have developed and embedded ‘Our Way of Working’ with our multi-agency partners to ensure improved collaboration and one common approach to our work with families using Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Informed Practice.  You will be supported and encouraged to work creatively in planning and decision-making with children and their families and our partner agencies to achieve positive outcomes and with a focus on prevention at every level.

Our social workers will tell you: - They feel supported and part of a team. They have access to excellent training opportunities. Managers at Cheshire West and Chester strive to make Social Workers feel valued and recognised, they are approachable, available and compassionate. Social Workers are encouraged and supported to be creative and strive for excellence. They feel valued and supported by their team, manager, and the senior managers.

Our commitment and investment in professional development means that most of our Senior Practice Leads, Team Managers and some Senior Managers have progressed within our own organisation.

As a local authority, we continue to develop and enhance our social work offer to support and develop our valued workforce. We will offer you: -

  • excellent work-life balance, flexible and remote working arrangements. We took the positives we learned from ‘lockdown’ and kept them
  • bright, modern, and recently refurbished office environments
  • high quality progression and developmental opportunities
  • competitive working rewards
  • up to 16 days ‘flexi time’ per year as well as your annual leave
  • high quality supervision
  • strong reflective practice framework
  • free parking at all our office locations
  • we’ll pay your Social Work England registration
  • excellent training opportunities
  • re-location allowance in some circumstances
  • competitive salary

As employers, we recognise that Cheshire West and Chester Council has a major role to play in improving the quality of life of its employees.  We are committed to agile flexible and mobile working and helping employees to maintain an effective balance between their work and home life. The COVID lockdown has meant we have been able to improve our ability to work away from an office, to be more flexible and creative in the use of our time and maximising the use of technology, whilst at the same time ensuring we can come together as teams and with our support networks on a regular basis. We have developed a ‘new normal’ and this ‘hybrid’ arrangement allows for us to be more flexible in how we provide services to children and families and an enhanced work/life balance to our Social Workers. 

We have a strong and supportive political and senior leadership team with a wealth of experience and knowledge about children’s outcomes across the borough of Cheshire West and Chester.

If you would like to discuss the opportunities available, please contact Snr Manager Helen Doyle at 

Please note that this job is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

To find out more information about what it is like to work for Cheshire West and Chester Council including our rewards and benefits please see

No candidate will meet every single requirement - if your experience looks a little different from what we've identified and you think you can bring value to the role, we'd love to learn more about you!

Cheshire West and Chester Council are committed to equality and diversity in employment.  Please see the Equality Policy for more information.

Cheshire West and Chester Council have adopted a Local Living Wage for our employees which means that all employees will receive a minimum of £10.90 per hour for all contracted hours.

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