Family Safeguarding Social Worker – Mendip

Family Safeguarding Social Worker – Mendip

Somerset County Council have an exciting opportunity for experienced Social Workers to join our Family Safeguarding teams in Mendip. The key purpose of the role is to work alongside families to support and develop motivations for change and to improve the outcomes for our most vulnerable young people and families.

As we continue to work within our Family Safeguarding model, you will be able to work alongside adult-focused practitioners, working within our teams, in the specialist areas of substance misuse, domestic abuse, and mental health, to inform assessments and plans.

What we can offer you…

  • Friendly and supportive teams, including adult focused practitioners, focused on improving outcomes for children and supporting children wherever possible to remain within their families
  • Regular and good quality CPD and training
  • Generous annual leave and flexible working options, including the option to work a 9 day fortnight, and hybrid working
  • Local Government pension scheme
  • Optional pension enhancement through our additional voluntary contribution scheme
  • Employee assistance and support offering a variety of wellbeing services to support a healthy work/life balance and lifestyle
  • A flexible benefits platform including cycle to work and health screening schemes
  • ‘My staff shop’ which offers excellent discounts at a variety of retailers including cinemas, restaurants, clothing stores and insurance providers
  • Gym discounts
  • Discounted lease car options via salary sacrifice, along with discounts on fuel
  • Generous relocation allowance

Here’s what you can expect to be doing

The role…

Here in Somerset, our manageable caseloads let you be the innovative and creative social worker you want to be – undertaking direct work with children and young people to hear their voice and understand their experiences. You will work with parents and the wider family network, with access to Family Group Conferencing, to support them to identify strengths, tackle problems and change interactions and behaviours. With permanent and experienced Team Managers, you’ll be well supported with regular and reflective group and personal supervision.

A few things about you

What we’re looking for…

You will be passionate about relationship-based social work, proud of your profession, and able to reflect and think creatively about how you can build relationships to make a difference to children and families.

You will need to be a qualified social worker registered with Social Work England and have substantial experience working with children and families in social work.

Additional information

The team for the Mendip area is based in Shape Mendip in Shepton Mallet, and we offer flexible hybrid working, combining time spent with the teams in the office along with home working. You will need to hold a full driving licence and have access to your own vehicle as travel is required.

Due to the importance of the role we recommend applying as soon as possible. Depending on the level of response, we anticipate conducting interviews ahead of the closing date.

If you are interested in assessment work with families, and providing the initial response and support, please look for our advert regarding positions with our Assessment Team in Mendip.

For an informal chat about roles within our Family Safeguarding team, please contact Annabelle Sargeant, Operations Manager, on 01278 447736 or via email at

From 1 April 2023 the County and District councils in Somerset will be replaced by a new single unitary authority – Somerset Council. It’s a genuinely exciting time to join us as we work together with the four district councils to deliver the new council for Somerset.

Why choose Somerset County Council

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, within a friendly team who are passionate about the work that they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We are continuing to develop our use of motivational interviewing to support families with identifying opportunities for change and working to achieve and sustain this alongside them, with the support of our multi-agency partners.

DBS information

In this role you will require a criminal background check via Disclosure and Barring Service.

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  • Salary
    £30,984 - £35,336
  • Job Category
    Public Sector / Local Gov't
  • Disability Confident
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