Principal Social Worker - Adult Social Care

Job specification

Contract type:
Hybrid and flexible working arrangements
£38,973 to £40,314 p.a. pro rata
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At Swindon Borough Council, we are bold and ambitious in our plans, with a clear vision and direction for the future. Our status as one of the UK’s fastest growing towns is driving transformational change across our organisation, most significantly within our highly valued Adults’ Services teams.

As our Principal Social Worker, you will be part of how we re-shape Adult Social Care to meet the ongoing needs of the people of Swindon alongside promoting and oversee the quality and consistency of social work practice.

You will bring your passion and enthusiasm for person-centred, strength-based approaches to social care with your ability to energise and inform the registered workforce to deliver the CA 2014 duties.

This role will see you committed to Community Development and working with non-statutory agencies whilst providing leadership and a professional perspective across organisational and professional boundaries, including health and social care.

You must be fluent in the English language (as a requirement of Part 7 of the Immigration Act “for the effective performance of a customer-facing role”).

Our transformation journey

Like all other local authorities, we are experiencing an increase in demand. As an organisation we know our Adults’ Services are on a rapid improvement journey which is why last year we started making big changes across the service to provide the best care for children and great conditions for our staff. This started with us recruiting an entirely new leadership team of experienced, forward thinking managers who are driving changes in the service and we aim to be one of the best Adults’ Services in the country.

Improvements include:

•    Multi-million pound investment in staff and support 
•    Significant restructure creating smaller social worker teams 
•    New intuitive IT system to cut down on desk time and make mobile working the norm
•    High standards for management practice, support and supervision for staff
•    Listening to our social workers by holding regular social work forums.

At the heart of it all is our desire to promote and cultivate a strong learning culture combined with
outstanding leadership and supervision. Here is what you can expect to find when you arrive:
•    Early help and community health practitioners co-located with our social workers, providing great working relationships
•    Fantastic relationships with partner agencies such as the police and Swindon CCG
•    Teams located within communities, providing a closer connection to the people we work with

For Swindon to thrive in the future, we need to lay the foundations now. It’s why our regeneration and transformation programmes are already underway. So, you will be joining us at an exciting time on our journey. We will look to you to share your knowledge, influence decisions and drive real, positive change. With your contributions, we will achieve our vision of a prosperous, re-vitalised Swindon by 2030 together. And you’ll be proud to say it was made better with you.

Our new offer to you 

We recognise that getting the best outcomes for our Adults means getting the best from you and we have listened to what our Social Workers and our Managers most value. 

Please see our Rewards and Benefits offer for more details.

As an employee, you will receive a diverse and exciting environment in which to work, encouraging creativity and innovation whilst recognising the need to support ongoing personal development and a flexible work life balance.

Your next steps

Read the role profile and select the Apply button where you will be redirected to the Swindon Borough Council website to complete our online application process. Clicking the ‘Apply’ button on this job website is not an application, you must register on the Swindon Borough Council website in order to be considered for the role.

Potential applicants are sometimes put off if they don’t meet 100% of the requirements. We think individual experience, skills and passion make all the difference, so if you are a registered practitioner and meet the majority of the criteria, we’d love to hear from you.

We will be reviewing CVs as candidates apply and reserve the right to close this vacancy early. Therefore, early applications are strongly encouraged.

For an informal discussion, please contact Lee Aldridge, Service Manager, at

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