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Social Workers, Experienced Social Workers - East Kent Children's Services

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East Kent Social Work Opportunities 

Kent’s Children’s Services rated as Outstanding by Ofsted in 2022

We have a number of opportunities for Social Workers with all levels of experience to join our dynamic teams in the beautiful East coast area of Kent.   The openings are based in Whitstable which encompasses the City of Canterbury, the coastal and rural areas of Herne Bay and Whitstable. Whilst the Thanet District includes Birchington, Westgate, Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, based in Broadstairs.

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We are looking for passionate social workers in our Children in Care and Children's Social Work teams. You will be joining a management team that is committed to providing high quality social work services to children, young people, and their families, working closely with our multi agency partners.  

We will look to you to provide a comprehensive, effective, and highly responsive integrated social work service that meets the needs of children and their families. You will work with your colleagues to assess need, plan, and deliver focused intervention to safeguard children and promote positive outcomes.  You will:

  • Work directly with children and provide a clear and accurate assessment of the needs of the child and their family in each case
  • Conduct interviews, develop observations and gather information from children, families and other agencies
  • Devise, implement and review plans, including the development and management of protection plans within a child protection framework, care and pathway plans.
  • Ensure all statutory responsibilities are well managed, including visiting children, arranging reviews and reporting to the court.

East Kent Children in Care Service

Our office bases are in Whitstable and Broadstairs.  We work with a range of agencies including the Courts to plan and implement permanence plans for children pre-birth -18 and their families as well as unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

Children Social Work Teams

In the children social work services you will require knowledge of child protection, legal processes, including Public Law Outline and pre-proceedings.  You would arrange and attend strategy discussions, permanency planning meetings and other professional meetings to contribute to the decision making for children in need of our service and protection.

As well as working for an Outstanding rated authority Kent offers an attractive benefits package and a commitment to ensuring that you are achieving flexible working arrangements and an emphasis on health and wellbeing.  Kent also offers a range of professional development opportunities including the Social Care Academy other routes for progression.

Social Worker salaries start at £30,485.   This post also attracts additional market premiums.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application to the Disclosure and Barring service and registration as a qualified Social Worker with Social Work England.

This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Contact Details

For more information about the role, please contact Anne Nerva, Service Manager, East Kent Children in Care on 03000 410865 or email at   


Carrie Bill, Service Manager, Canterbury Children's Social Work Service on  03000 418435 or email at

About the Company

KCC is committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the county's working residents, encouraging applications from people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds and faiths, and aspires to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves at work.

Please note – if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible as the closing date for this advert may be earlier than stated should a number of suitably qualified candidates apply.


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