Principal Social Worker

Principal Social Worker

Do it Your Way as a Leader

Do you want to shape how things are done, make a positive difference to people’s lives and enjoy the freedom to help drive forward change?

We are proud of the way we are transforming in Somerset to ensure the single most important thing is that every resident has the opportunity to lead a happy, healthy and independent life. We are ambitious in wanting to deliver highly effective and well-managed adult services that place the service user at the centre of everything.

If you are looking for a new role to get your teeth into that is exciting, fast paced and will help springboard your career, join us in Somerset.

Here’s what you can expect to be doing

The Principal Social Worker will strategically identify, develop, improve and embed social work practice across Somerset.

You will have the opportunity to design and shape practice, and create unique new ways of working.

You will engage and work directly with people who use services, carers, and with relevant other professionals to enhance practice.

You will advise on professional practice within a fast moving social care environment and be able to influence at all levels.

You will identify national guidelines and practice that can improve practice in Somerset as well as influence and be involved in developing national practice.

You will ensure that the promoting independence model of working is embedded in all practice.

You will enjoy the challenge and variety of working with managers and staff across all areas of the council, including mental health and learning disability teams.

A few things about you

We are looking for a forward thinking, innovative leader who are not afraid to do things differently to create support that is better for people.

You’ll be driven by your passion for making a genuinely positive difference to lives of service users. This will be backed up by your considerable knowledge and experience of social work.

You will need to:

  • Hold a professional social work qualification and be registered with Social Work England
  • Have extensive post-qualifying experience and at least 2 years of senior management experience
  • Have detailed knowledge of adult safeguarding practice, legislation and research
  • Have detailed knowledge of the qualification and competency frameworks of social work professionals
  • Uphold the values of social work in what you say and what you do
  • Be an effective communicator with a high level of inter-personal skills

You’ll be brave in your approach to work, not afraid to do things differently where it genuinely benefits the service user. You’ll be able to demonstrate a real creative spark when it comes to your work.

Additional information

If you are interested in finding out more about this post, please get in touch with Niki Shaw on

Provisional Interview Date: 9th February

Why choose Somerset County Council

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:

  • We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
  • Relocation support
  • Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
  • Staff discounts in gyms.
  • Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
  • Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
  • A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
  • My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.

DBS information

This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.

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