Social Work in Thurrock

Adult Social Work

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.

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About adult social work

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.

Rightful Rewards

We strongly believe in rightfully rewarding our staff for their achievements and continued excellence.

  • All adult social work jobs attract an annual £3,000 market supplement after successful completion of ASYE or 6 month probationary period.

Supportive Community

  • Our community work is nationally recognised as innovative and has been nominated for several awards.
  • In Adult social care we pride ourselves on excellent supervision and support and manageable caseloads which are regularly audited.

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About Us, About You

Everything you need to know about our team

About You

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.

Community Work

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.

Occupational Therapy

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.


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Annual Leave and Pension

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

Annual Leave and Pension

Competitive Salary Packages

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.

Competitive Salary Packages

Support and Development

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.

Support and Development

Flexible Working

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.

Flexible Working


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.


Exclusive Discounts

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.

Exclusive Discounts

Our Training Roadmap

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training road map ASYE CPD Practice Education Aspiring Manager

Training and Development

Here at Thurrock Council, your future is in safe hands.

We want you to grow with us, to develop new skills and gain valuable experience. This will not only help you in your current position but provide you with a platform to progress in your career. This begins with our excellent ASYE programme – ensuring your social work career gets the best possible start – and goes all the way to our Aspiring Managers programme, which helps experienced individuals take their next steps in management.

Our learning and development team provides a core offer of training across both children's and adults' services. The team works with adults and children’s social care teams to make sure that all their training and development needs are met through our comprehensive programmes. These are reviewed annually to provide the most up-to-date opportunities.

We offer a wide range of training courses, including child protection training, working with resistant and evasive families, safeguarding adults, safeguarding children with disabilities, and confident child protection practice, amongst many others.We are also supportive of those looking to move between different disciplines within our services and will give you the necessary training to make sure your transition is as smooth as possible. We are recognised not only for leading the way in learning and development in our region but also as having a national voice in social work development.

At Thurrock Council, you can do your best work safe in the knowledge that your career is being looked after.

Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)

Having seen the success of the NQSW programme in practice Thurrock welcomed the Social Work Reform Board (SWRB) recommendation to introduced the ASYE. We became part of the pilot in September 2012 and have continued to see the benefits of NQSW’s receiving consistent support in their first year through enhanced levels of supervision and a protected case load so that they have the opportunity to grow into confident, competent professionals.

The programme aims to provide a bridge from qualifying training to practice. It is based on building a firm foundation of skills and knowledge which is then used as the basis of continual professional development (CPD).

Thurrock has a dedicated ASYE manager who supports NQSW's from student placement, through the recruitment process then onto the ASYE.  In addition each NQSW will also have:

  • A protected case load
  • Enhanced levels of supervision
  • An identified ASYE assessor
  • Access to training opportunities
  • Time to shadow other social workers
  • Support to develop a personal development plan

Continual Professional Development (CPD)

Throughout your career there is a need to maintain your professional development and learning to ensure you keep up to date with progress and evidence in your field. All social workers must undertake CPD in order to stay registered with the HCPC. Their CPD standards say that social workers must:

  1. Maintain a continuous, up to date and accurate record of their CPD activities.
  2. Demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice.
  3. Seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery.
  4. Seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user.
  5. Upon request, present a written profile (which must be their own work and supported by evidence) explaining how they met the standards for CPD.

Thurrock are committed to your development, and as such we offer a comprehensive programme of one day courses, short courses and more formal accredited training programmes.

We work with many local universities including the University of Essex, Anglia Ruskin as well as the University of East Anglia (UEA). We work with you as professional Social Workers to explore your career pathway and help you in identifying needs and ways of meeting them.

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Practice Education

In Thurrock when you are experienced we support you in your career to enable you to become a Practice Educator.

We work with the University of East Anglia to place you on a specific training programme that will not only support you in supervising student social workers, but also in assessing our Newly Qualified Social Workers.

The programme will support you in supervising, mentoring, and assessing.  It provides a means of achieving the ‘advanced social worker’ level of the PCF (Professional Social Work Educator pathway). Candidates will be able to evidence the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS). If successful, you will be eligible to join our Local Authority’s register of approved practice educators.

Aspiring Manager Framework

Thurrock Council offers Aspiring Managers considerable support and development through the framework in order to help develop the individual’s practice and drive continued improvement across service areas.

For Thurrock, this framework is designed to support those who aspire to team management and wish to take their career in that particular direction.

  • 6 months’ duration (excluding pre start period)
  • Placement opportunity – where the Aspiring Manager is able to shadow and deputise for a team manager not their own, with feedback provided by that team manager of their suitability for a team manager post
  • An evaluation by the Aspiring Manager of someone's practice or learning
  • Feedback from at least 2 observations of managerial situations, agreed between the Aspiring Manager and their Mentor
  • The effective use of development time, in which evidence of progress against the PCF at Advanced Level is provided
  • A reflective log, summarising the participant’s learning
  • Successful completion of the research project
  • Opportunity to progress to a managers’ role

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