From our strongly collaborative teams, to our integrated partnerships; from joint working inside the Council to supporting our local service users – building a community is what we do. Join us to grow your career and put down roots in our community.
From our strongly collaborative teams, to our integrated partnerships; from joint working inside the Council to supporting our local service users – building a community is what we do.
Our commitment to the vulnerable adults of Thurrock is clear, we will, wherever possible, strive to do everything we can to help them live independent, fulfilling and happy lives.
We firmly believe that this is best achieved through a collaborative service in which each case benefits from the wide range of expertise that exists throughout our teams.
An integral part of our service delivery is the relationship that we hold with the local communities that we serve. Our social workers are regular faces within the community, encouraged to spend time remotely working in locations throughout, getting to know the area and the people within.
We strongly believe in rightfully rewarding our staff for their achievements and continued excellence. As well as competitive salaries, we have instigated a number of schemes to ensure that high-performing staff are compensated appropriately for their efforts.
We offer salaries that attract competitive market supplement alongside a full Performance and Development Review (PDR) process for all employees. Additionally, we will soon be offering a pathway for social workers to develop and progress into senior practitioner roles within our teams.
We benefit greatly from a wide range of partnerships we have built up with a range of both internal and external agencies. This provides a host of services on hand to effectively address a range of complex needs. This also provides a range of locations for people to work out of throughout Thurrock, allowing social workers to effectively work remotely.
Join us, grow with us and help make a real difference to Thurrock's most vulnerable residents.
We strongly believe in rightfully rewarding our staff for their achievements and continued excellence.
I have lived in Thurrock all of my life and have spent my whole career working in Thurrock.
The opportunities afforded to me over the years have enabled me to progress from being a social worker, a senior practitioner and then a manager in various settings in the authority. This has included secondment work in health areas, and training and support to enable my practice to develop.
Over the years I have watched new social workers develop and become senior practitioners, some have moved to other areas but usually only after a significant time, and several have moved back!
Being a small local authority affords us great networking opportunities with local resources and helps with good working relationships.
I have always received good supervision and support, and in turn have provided supervision and support to others over the years, providing mentoring when needed to support individuals with specific needs.
There is a lot going on in and around Thurrock and I have sometimes considered moving away but would miss being so near to London.
My career in Social Work began late, I returned to studying in my late 30’s and I qualified as a Social Worker in 2009. Having lived in the borough for 40 years I was keen to start my career here.
I joined Thurrock Adult Social Care as a Newly Qualified Social Worker in the Older People’s Mental Health Team. My initial thoughts on gaining the post were that of panic and uncertainty! I need not have worried, I was immediately enrolled in the Newly Qualified Social Work Programme – a provision that was not afforded to my peers working in nearby authorities.
My experience from working in Thurrock is that, although you are encouraged to step outside your comfort zone, the support is always there. I have never felt alone.
As a resident of Thurrock, I enjoy the fact that I live 15 minutes drive from my workplace, this with the flexible working policy in place provides the possibility of a good work/life balance.
Senior Practitioner Social Worker
In 1999 I decided to make a significant career change from the private sector to social care. My first role was as Thurrock Council’s first male day care assistant to work with in dementia specialist day services.
Shortly after I was supported to gain a Social Work qualification, training that was funded by Thurrock Council. Thurrock Council has always provided me with great professional support through it’s strong management, and I get excellent practice supervision, and personal support.
I am now a senior practitioner Social Worker in adult social care, and lead practitioner for the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty safeguards. I was then supported to gain further qualifications. Being supported to continue professional development has always been one of the strengths of working for Thurrock Council.
Thurrock is a relatively small unitary Local Authority, and this means that you get to know your colleagues well. The peer support that I have received since working at Thurrock is excellent. I think that it is testament to Thurrock that so many of my colleagues and I have chosen to remain working here.
Everything you need to know about our team
At Thurrock Council, we recognise that without the full commitment of our staff it is impossible to provide the high level of care we hold as standard.
Our Adults teams play an integral role in their local communities. We are therefore only interested in people who can demonstrate a genuine desire to make a real difference to lives of the residents. You will be completely committed to working in a way that places the service users at the centre of everything you do. On top of this, we are looking for people with ambition, a burning desire to innovate as part of a team and do things a little differently when it genuinely benefits the service user.
You will also have confidence in your ideas and be comfortable expressing them. If you can do so then you will have the opportunity to be heard and potentially shape the service you are working in.With a stable management team supporting you, you will be bold in your decisions and not be afraid to take risks.
Team work is integral to our achievements here at Thurrock and we place great value on the culture of support and collaboration we have worked hard to create. It is therefore essential that, above all else, any new team members are able to positively contribute towards their team and the work of their colleagues.
If you are looking to have a real impact on the lives of vulnerable adults whilst working on the forefront of innovation, Thurrock is the place to do it.
We firmly believe that our social workers should feel comfortable making brave decisions that benefit our service users.
To make this possible we have worked hard to ensure that a significant support structure is in place.
We take pride in our stable management team who are always available when needed. Each manager has a range of experience to draw on and is encouraged to be hands on in their work, ensuring that they are consistently up-to-date with all that is going on in their teams.
Our highly collaborative working environment means you will also receive significant support from your colleagues. No individual is ever left to deal with complex cases alone and you will have the range of expertise at your disposal in order to best address any challenge.
So much of our support culture is built on communication, regular team discussions, excellent supervision and meetings allow for ideas to be shared and any issues to be addressed as a group.
Our culture of support and collaboration will allow you to grow and do your best work ever.
Our work in the community is something that truly sets us apart from similar authorities.
We firmly believe that the best way to serve a community is to be a part of it. Our social workers are encouraged to work remotely from various locations within their communities in order to get a true feel for that area. This also makes them more a familiar face to service users which can remove some of the barriers which often exist in this kind of work.
Our Local Area Coordinator scheme is one of a kind in the UK and has been highly praised for the impact that it has. The scheme places individuals throughout the local community, these individuals are tasked with helping the community grow organically and develop internal support structures. These support structures can then help to provide practical solutions that would previously have required a social worker.
They work to bring communities together and wherever possible allow members of that community to help each other. This in turn allows social workers more time to focus on more complex and severe cases and can significantly increase the level of care that these people receive.
Our Local Area Coordinators team were recently nominated for a Local Government Chronicle (LGC) award for Team of the Year.
As part of our Adults social care service you will become a true member of our communities.
On top of our incredible work within social work, we have also created an environment where occupational therapists can also thrive, grow and innovate.
Whether you are just beginning your career or looking to take the next step up, Thurrock Council is the place to further your career. We have supported a number of newly qualified Occupational Therapists as well as helped more experienced individuals continue their journey into management and senior management.
With a range of coaching and mentoring services, you will be supported throughout your career as you learn new skills and develop as a professional.
There is then a clear path for you to progress, whether it be within Occupational Therapy or moving into a managerial role within one of a variety of teams and services within Adult Social Care. Find out more about why Thurrock is the perfect place for you to take your next steps.
We offer a generous annual leave allowance of 25 days which rises to 30 days after 5 years' service for full-time employees. Shared parental, maternity, paternity and adoption leave above the statutory minimum. Local Government Pension Scheme for all employees
Highly competitive salary packages are available through a pay and reward scheme for social workers. All adult social work jobs attract an annual £3,000 market supplement after successful completion of ASYE or 6 month probationary period.
All staff also benefit from interest-free loans for green travel such as bikes or public transport season tickets and salary sacrifice schemes such as childcare vouchers. We also offer relocation packages to help make your move to Thurrock as easy as possible.
All of our social workers receive extensive support to help them with their workload and make sure they are meeting their targets. Social workers can expect to receive reflective supervision and management support throughout their employment.
All non-teaching staff also benefit from our ‘Employee Assistance Programme’, which provides them and their immediate family members with practical help and solutions. As a valued employee of Thurrock Council, you will be supported in exploring a difficult problem and, more importantly, supported in dealing with it.
Where possible we offer flexible working that allows you to take time off in line with our policy and the needs of the service you work in. To help balance work and personal life, we can also offer job sharing, part-time working, home working, and buying additional annual leave.
Our Employee Assistance Programme includes a 24-hour confidential care service that provides effective support and advice to staff members both during and outside of work. We provide a wide range of wellbeing activities throughout the year.
Get discounted rates for a range of national restaurants, retailers, attractions and experience days. We also provide discounts for local suppliers including cycle shops, beauty and fashion stores, restaurants, estate agents and driving schools.
As a Thurrock Council employee you can receive exclusive discounts at a variety of high street brands at Intu Lakeside Shopping Centre.