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Senior Social Worker (Ref: 50067819)

County Hall and agile working

Grade 11, £39,623 to £42,431 per annum

Contact: For further information about this vacancy or for an informal discussion, please contact Steven Flux at or 01983 823340

Vacancy Reference: 50067819

Closing Date: 11/04/2023

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: 37 per week


Are you an experienced Social Worker passionate about working with people to promote independence and dedicated to making a difference?


Do you have experience of supervising, maybe as a Practice Educator or Mentor?


You may already be a social work manager looking for a new role. We would love to hear from you!


About the role:


We have a full time Senior Social Worker position available on our Isle of Wight Initial Adult Social Care Contact (IASCC) Team Our IASCC team is the front door of Adult Social Care. The focus of this post will be to support the IASCC duty desk team, dealing with daily calls from the public, supporting people to remain as independent as possible in the community and preventing a need for more formal support.


We are doing this using a strength based initial screening tool to promote independence and collaborative working with people rather than using a dependency model approach. This links in with our "Care Close to Home Strategy" on the Island.


As a Senior Social Worker you will be overseeing the day to day operations and supervision of the adult social care staff in the IASCC team, whilst being supported by the Team Manager. You will be responsible for quality checking and auditing work completed by those you line manage and supervise.


About you:


As a Senior Social Worker, we understand the work you do on a daily basis and provide the support you need to make a difference to the people of the Isle of Wight.


To join us, you must:


Have a social work qualification and be SWE registered

Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment

Have experience of chairing meetings

Be able to demonstrate skills and experience of promoting a person centred and strengths-based approach

Have an excellent working knowledge of legislation used within Adult Social Care

Have a good knowledge and understanding of Safeguarding, including s.42 Enquiries and Making Safeguarding Personal

Be confident in decision making, whilst knowing when to seek support

Understand the importance of data in supporting staff, teams and wider service

Have the passion to promote people’s strengths and the ability to make a difference in a safe working approach to social work practice

Have proven ability to work as part of a team and capacity to lead a team that puts the strengths of individuals, families and community at the heart of care and wellbeing.

You will be required to take part in the Out of Hours Stand-by Duty Rota as and when requested by management.  Standby and call out duties are paid in accordance with the IWC Terms and Conditions 2012 document.

You will share our ambitions, passion and attitude to ensure the people we serve live the best lives possible. You will be a critical thinker who has competence and confidence in your practice.


About us:


Here on the Isle of Wight we strive to be the best we can be for our community, with talented Social Care professionals leading the way. We are a hard-working team and it doesn’t go unnoticed, we were named as finalists for one of the most prestigious awards in Adult Social Care - The MJ Awards 2021 in the Care and Health Integration category!


In fact, the last 5 years have seen our whole service focusing on enabling individuals to live independent lives, with our innovative ‘Care Close to Home’ strategy, and we are seeing impressive results. You can read up on this scheme here "Care Close to Home Strategy".


Our offer


You will benefit from a unique and enriching environment within an organisation that values strong leadership, a good work life balance, quality management and reflective supervision.

Please visit the Adult Social Care career opportunities page which holds inspiring testimonies from team members, a guide to what the Island offers as well as personal development opportunities we offer.


Team IWC Values:

Community & Customer focused

Effective & Efficient

Working together

Fair & transparent


We are proud of our commitment to offer:

Supporting and supervising all our social care workforce

Providing opportunities for our staff as they develop and progress their professional careers

Providing regular training opportunities.


As well as being a great place to work, we also offer a competitive remuneration package including:


Competitive rates of pay and allowances

Annual leave entitlement of 31 days p/a (plus public holidays)

Local Government pension scheme

Relocation package (if eligible) of up to £8,000 plus home relocation scheme via Help to Buy

Travel allowance (if eligible) and discounted Solent ferry travel

Island bus network discount, cycle to work scheme and staff parking permit scheme

Discounted island sports & leisure gym membership

National and local discounts & benefits schemes

Access to private health care packages

We are looking forward to receiving your application if you have what it takes to make a difference and share our vision and values.


For further information about this vacancy or for an informal discussion, please contact Steven Flux at or 01983 823340 

Please click here to view the Isle of Wight Council’s
Care Close to Home Strategy.


Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.

A relocation scheme of up to £8,000 is available to new employees subject to qualifying criteria. Further details are available upon request.

The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination and this is supported by the Unacceptable Behaviour Policy, Employee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework. We actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.

The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer, who is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. In addition to this, we are also a Disability Confident Employer. Along with a number of other areas of commitments, this means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.

If you have difficulty completing your online application or if you need further information about how to apply, telephone 01983 823134 or email Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

We often receive a high volume of applicants for our vacancies. If you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion. If unsuccessful, we actively encourage you to revisit our job pages and apply to alternate posts that may be suitable.

Closing Date: 11th April 2023

Interview Date: 20th April 2023