Return to Practice - Social Worker, Children and Families - Working for Essex
Salary: Starting from £32,408 rising to at least £36,101 post re-registration (pro-rata for part-time roles)
Closing date: 30 Jun 2024
Location: Countywide
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 17083
Role: Social Care
About the role

Return to Practice - Social Worker, Children and Families

Full-time and Part-time roles available

Starting from £32,408 rising to at least £36,101 post re-registration (pro-rata for part-time roles)

Location: Various locations across Essex

Working Style: Community-based worker

Closing Date: 30th June 2024

Following the success of our pilot programme, Essex County Council (ECC) are proud to open applications for the next cohort for our Return to Practice Programme 2024, designed specifically for qualified Social Workers looking to return to practice within Children & Families Social Care (C&F). Whether you have been out of practice or your registration has lapsed, this programme could be ideal for you.

You’ll receive our full support to return to Social Work, enabling you to balance your work around your current lifestyle, whether this is on a part-time or full-time basis. As an experienced Social Worker, your passion, skills and knowledge are highly valued - there has never been a better time to return to the profession you love!

The support you’ll receive will enable you can return to practice with confidence.

  • Roles available in various locations across Essex to suit you, whether you are looking for full-time or part-time.
  • You will undertake a 6-month training and coaching programme, offered by our award-winning Essex Social Care Academy (ESCA) to gain your re-registration evidence.
  • You will receive the support you need from work buddies, mentors and Practice Educators during the training period.
  • You will have a guaranteed role within ECC upon successful completion of the training programme and probationary period.
  • We will pay your restoration and registration fees with Social Work England.
  • You will have access to our bespoke wellbeing service specifically designed for those working in Social Care.
  • You will be in paid employment and enrolled into the Essex Pension scheme from your first day.

Our Return to Social Work Programme has been designed for qualified Social Workers to regain confidence, experience and knowledge to get back to making a real difference to the residents of Essex. You will be given operational work placements, comprehensive coaching and mentoring and the support to build the skills you need to get back to work.

As part of the Return to Social Work Programme, you’ll work alongside skilled and dedicated colleagues who share your determination to support people to achieve and maintain maximum choice and control over their lives.

You can find more information about the programme and hear from some of our previous Returnee’s, our Executive Director of Children & Families by clicking here .

If you are looking to Return to Social Work for our Adult Social Care (ASC) function, please click here. 

With us you can:

  • Make your career work for you with flexible working options.
  • Access the support you need with employee support and wellbeing services.
  • Access a wide range of learning and development opportunities.
  • Enjoy 26 days annual leave + bank holidays (and the option to purchase extra!)
  • Join the generous Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • Join our Employee Support Networks.
  • Make the most of our employee reward scheme with discounts for hundreds of well-known brands.
  • Contribute to the Essex community and be proud of the impact of your work.

To be eligible for our Return to Practice Programme, you must:

  • Be qualified and previously registered as a Social Worker, either with Social Work England or their predecessor, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Or alternatively, be qualified and previously registered as an Occupational Therapist, either with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or their predecessor Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine (CPSM).
  • Be an experienced Social Worker and have completed your Assessed and Support Year in Employment (ASYE).
  • Not have been removed from the register due to one of the offences listed in SWE’s Registration Rules.
  • Not have been subject to a removal order within the last five years.
  • If you were removed from the register more than five years ago, you must not have made an unsuccessful attempt to re-register in the past 12 months.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

We are a Disability Confident Leader: we are committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

What to do next:

To register your interest in the Return to Social Work Programme, please click on the ‘Apply’ button to upload your CV. Once we have received your application, we will be in contact to discuss your requirements and answer any questions you may have.

Alternatively, if you would like to find out further information or request a call, please contact Hayley Bincalar on

About Children and Families within ECC:

To hear more about us, please visit: Children and Families

Please take a look at our 'No Magic’ Children & Families video.

Why Essex?

Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to .

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

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