Training and Support

What support is available for me?

We provide a wide range of learning and development opportunities for Social Work staff, which will drive professional excellence and enable staff to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to continually improve their practice. We do this in partnership with managers and teams recognising that we live in a kaleidoscope world where change is the one constant.

We support staff to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to enable them to positively improve outcomes for children, young people, families and adults, and provide the best possible interventions within the context of relevant service transformation frameworks Making Every Intervention Count (MEIC) in CYP and Supporting Lives Connecting Communities (SLCC) in ACS. 


A suite of courses are available and our simple online booking system enables managers and social workers to have a clear picture of what is available for personal and professional development and best service delivery. 

In addition to the comprehensive package of professional support and development specifically for Social Workers, we also have a wide range of training, support and coaching as part of our corporate offer including IT skills development, project management  

We will endeavour to give you the best package of support and development you need to be fully equipped to flourish in your role and career at Suffolk.

What our Social Workers have to say...

Social Worker Steph Weese
Steph Weese

“For me, every one of these customers and their families matters in their own right; there’s no small problem or big problem they are all important.”

Social Worker Victoria Rudkin
Victoria Rudkin

“There are lots of opportunities in Suffolk County Council and you are able to have a very diverse career and there are great promotion opportunities; there are a lot of pathways to take your career at Suffolk.”

Social Worker Leanne Clarke
Leanne Clarke

“The people I work with are generally facing a crisis in their life, a life changing event, a devastating diagnosis, loss of independence. If I can make things less stressful for them, support them through the processes, advocate for them where needed to help them to get the help they need, then I feel I am making a difference.”

Social Worker Seb Smith
Seb Smith

“Social Work is important because it gives people who are disenfranchised or marginalised more opportunity. Some people face greater challenge's than others when trying to live a rewarding and independent life, but social work can support them to achieve their goals.''

Social Worker Julia Rodwell
Julia Rodwell

“As a manager I give staff the opportunity to have their own career path, help them to develop, encourage them to take part in training and to also ensure that they have all the tools they need to do their job properly. It’s about a personalised approach to managing and supporting staff here.”

Social Worker Phil Stamper
Phil Stamper

“Being a Social Worker is part of me. I enjoy working with people and am proud to be a Social Worker. It is a privilege to be involved in people’s lives and be welcomed to work alongside them.”