Newly Qualified Social Worker (Children's)

Social Care & Support
220001FX Requisition #


Social Work in Cornwall


Make a difference – Children’s Social Work in Cornwall



‘Cornwall’s ambitious, outward-facing senior leadership team promotes a strong culture of learning and development. It has made excellent use of learning from research, best practice and peer reviews.’ 


‘Social workers have a very good understanding of the children they work with; they visit them regularly and ensure that their needs are holistically well considered’ 


‘Staff development is delivered through an effective and well-targeted workforce development framework. Staff morale is high.’ 




Social workers make a real difference to the lives of children in Cornwall. We believe that the children of Cornwall deserve the very best. We put their needs at the heart of everything we do and we are looking for people who share our determination to improve their lives and make a brighter future. If you are committed to continuing professional development and you believe in humane, relationship-based social work with children and families, we offer the opportunity to develop your social work career in an innovative and ambitious children’s service in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. 


We actively encourage and enable our practitioners to progress, and reward them for their commitment and expertise. and can demonstrate learning in your practice and in improved outcomes for the children you help and protect, we have opportunities for passionate, committed newly Qualified Social Workers from the beginning of their career and proactively support them to succeed in their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). 


The Department for Education (DfE) ASYE Programme is a one year, employer led induction programme which provides support and assessment to NQSWs working with children and families during their first year of employment. 


As part of our commitment to outstanding practice, we have put in place a comprehensive core curriculum and career and qualification pathway for our social workers to develop their knowledge and skills to deliver the most effective social work intervention with children and families.  


Cornwall is one of the best places in the country to live, work and bring up a family. We are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our staff and we recognise that resilient Social Workers need a good work/life balance as well as supportive leadership and support in the workplace. Cornwall’s location and landscape offers unique opportunities for a healthier, happier way of life.   


What we can offer you 

You must have qualified with a Social Work Degree within the last two years and Social Work England registration is essential. As part of the ASYE you will receive: 


  • A tailored year long induction in a frontline team 
  • The support of a Practice Educator and a learning buddy 
  • A learning plan that will be regularly reviewed throughout the year 
  • An outstanding core curriculum to support your ongoing development with a  high quality programme of evidence-based learning and development to enhance skills and practice.  
  • Bespoke practice workshops with NQSW colleagues across the service 
  • Monthly ASYE meetings 
  • A protected and gradually increasing caseload 
  • Regular reflective supervision - weekly initially  


In recognition of the vital contribution you make, in addition we offer an attractive package of benefits including: 

  • A competitive starting salary, and the opportunity to increase your pay further as you progress 
  • A generous relocation package 
  • An outstanding career and qualification pathway, recognised by Ofsted, which will support your progression 
  • Supportive management and leadership  
  • Support to access temporary accommodation if moving from outside of Cornwall  
  • Access to a Cornwall Council lease car 
  • 24 days paid annual leave per year (rising with length of service), plus bank holidays 
  • Flexible working opportunities, including part-time hours and homeworking 
  • A license to access Community Care Inform and Research in Practice 
  • Payment of your Social Work England registration fees 


Please note that the nature of this role requires travel to rural locations which are not serviced by public transport therefore a full, clean driving license is essential. 


We run 3 recruitment drives a year for ASYE Social Workers usually around Jan-March, June-Aug and Sept-Nov.  It is recommended that applicants apply for the round of recruitment which is immediately prior to their expected qualification date.  If you would like to have a discussion regarding when to apply please email


Cornwall Council are reviewing how we pay and reward our staff and reward items are subject to change from October.  We will continue to keep you informed on any impacts that may apply to you as this progresses. 


This position will be subject to an enhanced criminal record disclosure check.  Cornwall Council is committed to safeguarding and following safer recruitment principles to help make sure our staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children, young people and adults at risk. It’s a vital part of creating a safe and positive environment and making a commitment to keeping all service users safe from harm.

This is a public/customer-facing role, where the statutory English language requirement for public sector workers applies.

We are open to discussion about flexible working.


More information about our social work careers is available here.


More information about working for Cornwall Council is available here.


For an informal discussion please contact the Resourcing Team who will arrange for you to speak to a relevant manager.


Fairness and inclusion are at the heart of our vision for Cornwall.  In order to best serve our communities, we are striving to achieve a diverse workforce that is inclusive of all backgrounds, cultures and identities; e.g. race, disability, sex, gender, age, religion and sexual orientation. We are an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer, and we will assess applicants on their merits. 


Whilst the location/work-base for this role has been specified, our evolving ways of working means that the role may require you to also work remotely (e.g. from home/other locations). We will discuss this with you during the recruitment process.


To apply …


Please view the Role Profile (NQSW)


Your application will need to demonstrate how you meet the required criteria. Please ensure you answer all of the pre-screening questions in full, within the application form. More guidance is available on how to complete the application and your supporting statement.


Please be advised that for this role we are accepting uploaded supporting statements and/or CVs to support your online application.

This position will close at midnight on the closing date.

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