Isle of Wight Council

South Locality

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Senior Social Worker (Ref: 45004541)

The Barracks and agile working Sandown Civic Centre Barrack Block The Broadway Sandown Isle of Wight PO36 9EA

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

Contact: For further information about this vacancy or for an informal discussion, please contact Rachel McCleave on

Vacancy Reference: 45004541-1

Closing Date: 11/04/2023

Contract: 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 in our Isle of Wight Integrated Locality Team.

The team has a supportive and engaged management structure including a Service Manager, Integrated Team Manager and Senior Social Workers. It also consists of about 30 other staff members, including qualified Social Workers, Social work assistants and an administration team.  As a Senior Practitioner you will be overseeing the day to day operations and supervision of the adult social care staff in the South locality.

We are well on our way on our journey of integration with our health and third sector colleagues with regular MDT Locality meetings and in some areas being co-located with health colleagues. 

To find out more about working in the Isle of Wight Integrated Locality Team visit our “Meet the Teams” webpage here.

Our social care staff must be able to listen hard to the people of the Isle of Wight, to understand what really matters and to connect them to resources that help them continue with their chosen life, either with support or independently.

You will also be working with staff supporting them to work with individuals to help them to regain control of their lives in a crisis. In order to best support the people we work with, we need Social Workers who are experienced in promoting their own and others professional curiosity and who are competent in their knowledge of legislation and meeting their professional capabilities.

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
Be an accredited Practice Educator or AMHP
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.

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 Rachel McCleave on

Previous candidates need not apply but please consider other available roles on our jobs pages.

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.

Please view information pack and complete your job application online at 01983 823134 or email if you need further information about applying. 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