Social Care & Support
220002LI 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.’


                                                                 OFSTED 2019 – OUTSTANDING GRADING


We are looking for a full time Social Worker to work within the Gweres Kernow Service, specialising in working with children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours.


You will be part of the small, specialist team called Gweres Kernow that sits within the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Youth Justice Service (YJS), with responsibility for working with children and young people exhibiting harmful sexual behaviours within the Youth Offending Service and Children’s Social Care. You will also mentor and support YJS staff and social workers and train staff in the area of harmful sexual behaviour.


Applicants must hold a recognised social work qualification and have experience of working with children and young people, excellent communication and assessment skills and be able to accurately record information on a database. You will have a strong sense of the child’s lived experience at the centre of your practice. You will be familiar with critical reflection and you will also be familiar with the need for positive challenge and have a record of achieving good standards of practice.  Recognising this post requires specialist knowledge in the area of young people with  harmful sexual behaviours appropriate training will be made available to the successful applicant. 


Cornwall offers a dynamic place to develop your career as a Social Worker. It is judged as an ‘outstanding’ authority by Ofsted with a forward thinking agenda. With excellent training and development opportunities for staff, the next stage of our improvement journey is about becoming a learning organisation, where every individual takes responsibility for the quality of their own work and expect to be held to account when there are persistent or serious shortfalls in the quality of practice.


This post will be located in the mid of the county in St Austell. This post requires an enhanced DBS check. Own transport essential.


This is an exciting opportunity so if you are interested in joining this specialist area of Cornwall’s successful and ambitious Children’s Services, we look forward to hearing from you.


For an informal discussion or any further information contact Helen Richards, Team Manager (Mid): E-Mail:



What we can offer you

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

  • An individualised induction to meet your specific needs and learning
  • A generous relocation package
  • Welcome bonus of £4000 for qualified Social Workers who are new to social work in Cornwall and have completed their ASYE
  • £3000 Annual Market Supplement for Advanced Practitioners
  • An excellent core curriculum to support your ongoing development with a  high quality programme of evidence-based learning and development to enhance skills and practice.
  • An outstanding career and qualification pathway, recognised by Ofsted as a foundation of Cornwall’s good practice, which will support your progression.
  • Support from our dedicated Practice Educators throughout your progression pathway
  • Regular, high quality case and reflective supervision
  • 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.
  • Sponsorship for eligible overseas social work applicants
  • A competitive starting salary and the opportunity to increase your pay further as you progress


Cornwall Council has recently completed a review of how we pay and reward our staff and these changes take effect from 1 October 2022 (unless otherwise stated).  For more information please visit Pay and Grading Review (Green Book Roles) - Cornwall Council


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.


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 for the level of role you are applying for, as follows:


Role Profile (Grade 3 Social Worker)

Role Profile (Grade 4 Experienced Social Worker)

Role Profile (Grade 4 Advanced Social Worker)


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. Guidance on how to complete your application can be found here – The application process 


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

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