Posted: 1 week ago
£24,799 - £37,849 (Dependent on experience)
Full and Part time hours available
£24,799 to £37,849 (pro rata)
Working within Adult Social Care, staff are actively encouraged to participate in shaping services for the future to provide the best value care and support for individuals enabling them to live independent and safe lives. Initiatives such as Community Catalysts and the Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Team are at the forefront of our drive and digital aspirations to ensure we meet our customer’s needs.
Underpinned by a corporate commitment to professional values, the Council promotes a strengths-based approach fostering a vibrant, happy and high achieving workforce. We support the professional development of newly qualified and experienced practitioners to continue learning and refreshing with opportunities for growth and development.
Our social work offer includes:
- Planned induction for new staff
- Quality regular supervision
- An excellent learning and development programme including the Annual Festival of Learning, practice development forums and bespoke development plans for people returning to social work after a break in practice
- Good Practice Awards
- Coaching and mentoring support
- Managers who actively encourage best practice and professional growth
- ASYE programme for Newly Qualified Social Workers
- Flexible working contracts facilitated by mobile working using tablets and smartphones
- Experience across different social care settings through working in our Peripatetic Team
- A generous re-location package
What you will be doing
Whether you are newly qualified, an experienced Social Worker or are considering returning to Social Work, we want to hear from you. We offer roles across a range of specialisms and provide opportunities to progress and work towards your career goals.
- Community Social Work
- Hospital Social Work
- Substance Misuse
- Working with people with Learning Disabilities
- Mental Health Social Work
Current Opportunities available in the following teams:
Social Worker Vacancies:
- Weymouth & Portland, Level 1, full time
- Transitions (LD Team) Dorchester, Level 2, FT
- Transitions (LD Team) Ferndown, Level 2, 18.5 hours
- Salisbury District Hospital, Level 2/3, 22.5-25 hours
- Peri team FT and PT positions Level 1 + 2, location negotiable
Other opportunities may become available and we would welcome your application to be considered for roles that suit your experience in adults’ social work.
If you would like to find out more about the positions and meet the team. Why don’t you
Working at Dorset Council
Dorset is one of the most beautiful counties in the country to live and work. With award winning beaches, stunning countryside and vibrant markets towns, Dorset offers a rich quality of life. The county boasts the scenic Jurassic Coast, Bestival, the Dorset Seafood Festival, historic castles and lots of family attractions. New housing developments provide a range of housing types contributing to Dorset’s thriving communities.
This is a unique opportunity to join a brand-new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity.
On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council are being replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.
You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together.
For more information about our new council visit
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You must have a degree in social work/Occupational Therapy or equivalent, be registered with the HCPC and be able to fulfil the travel requirements of the post.
Dorset Council requires all newly qualified social workers to undertake the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) and meet the expected standards during the ASYE period. The ASYE arrangements should normally apply to the appointment of all newly qualified social workers who qualified after September 2012 unless they can demonstrate that they already fully meet the standards laid out in the professional capabilities framework (PCF). Please and the (if children’s SW post).
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Dorset Council is committed to making our recruitment process barrier-free, and as inclusive as possible for everyone.
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To make an appointment, arrange an informal chat or to discuss where our latest vacancies are, please contact Katharine Welch on 01305 225497 or email
If you are interested in specific roles or vacancies, please state this in your application.
Please note there may be 4 people on the interview panel in order for us to consider applicants for multiple posts.
We look forward to meeting you soon!
Application closing date: 2nd June 2019
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