Our Children's Social Workers

What is it like to work as a Children’s Social Worker for SCC?

Social Work within Children and Young people’s services is a dynamic and adaptive service, which aims to have safer, happier children, and to enable families to create sustainable change for themselves at the heart of everything that we do.

We have multi-agency teams who work in accordance with the principle of one family, one plan, one lead worker to establish a sustained relationship more likely to bring about change.

Our Social Workers are passionate about making a difference and committed to high professional standards and continuous learning, which we encourage and support.

Social Work teams work in one of 13 localities grouped into 5 areas of Suffolk as shown in the map to the right.  Each locality has a Child in Need (CIN) team and Early Help team. We have 4 Looked after Children (LAC) teams across county and 4 Fostering and Adoption teams based in Ipswich.

In Suffolk, our teams promote practitioner support through formal and informal supervision, management and peer support. We prioritise regular formal 1:1s with staff and offer informal supervision as and when it is needed. Anyone joining the team will benefit from the strong sense of knowledge and support around them.

Once you join one of our teams, there are plenty of opportunities for you to progress your career. We have established a Social Worker Career progression pathway in Children and Young people’s services which encourages movement between teams and roles (please see the Career Pathway pages for more detailed information).

Social Workers in Children and Young People’s teams are actively encouraged to experience different Social Worker roles through placements, observation and shadowing to enrich their experience and potentially accelerate career progression.

Suffolk Children and Young People’s service have fully adopted Signs of Safety as its practice framework for all children’s services.    We have a multi-year transformation programme designed to embed Signs of Safety practice built around learning and systems change - supported by strong, engaged and visible senior leaders. This has been very positively received by our staff, our partners and – most importantly – our families.

Since its implementation our practitioners have fed back that they feel Families are now more engaged, they feel more confident about risk management and feel that it is a real positive way of building of existing good practice and celebrates the skills and abilities of staff.

Social Work allows you to make a difference to children’s lives, through supporting, educating and helping families you will improve outcomes for children and create change to allow the most vulnerable in our society to reach their full potential.  It might be through support with housing, education, health, through counselling or direct work, Social Workers empower families and safeguard children. Suffolk has  a strong track record in good partnership working which we are continually developing.

What our Social Workers have to say...

Social Worker Charnine De'ath
Charnine De'ath

“Our role is about getting people to see that there is something better out there for them and their children and that they are able to make the positive changes for themselves with the support of us and their family & friends - We empower families and give them the confidence to make changes”

Social Worker Leon Gillings
Leon Gillings

“I chose social work because I liked the idea how helping people whilst also being accredited as a professional. I wanted a career that was meaningful, full of challenge and diversity and that I could be proud to be a part of.”

Social Worker Victoria Morphew
Victoria Morphew

“Working in Suffolk County Council you cross paths with lots of other professionals; everyone is really friendly and all want to build really good working relationships. You have a great network of contacts and support here.”

Social Worker Jade McMurray
Jade McMurray

“There’s nothing better than when you’ve been able to make those changes and support a family along their journey and to have such a positive outcome, when you’re able to step back and let them do it for themselves.”

Social Worker Tunde Oyeniyi
Tunde Oyeniyi

“I have been at Suffolk County Council almost 7 years and been ABE trained, completed a post qualifying specialist award in children and families with the University of East Anglia and have my Practice Educator award.”

Social Worker Cheryl Robinson
Cheryl Robinson

"I am proud to be a Social Worker in Suffolk, making a real difference to Children and their families lives."