Our services are dedicated to ensuring wherever possible that children and young people in Thurrock are given every opportunity to get the best start in life and go on to live happy and fulfilling lives.
Our services are dedicated to ensuring wherever possible that children and young people in Thurrock are given every opportunity to get the best start in life and go on to live happy and fulfilling lives. We firmly believe that this is best achieved by being open and flexible to innovation in service delivery as long as this genuinely benefits the service user.
We are a forward-thinking service and place a great deal of trust in the expertise and judgement of our social workers. All of our staff benefit from the strong partnerships that we have formed with external and internal parties, providing easy access to services that directly meet the needs of the individual in question.
We take a great deal of pride in the role we play in the communities we serve and the personal service that we provide. Each child and young person is treated as an individual with a name rather than a number. This is an extremely important factor for us and one that we believe sets us apart from similar authorities.
We feel that there are huge advantages in being a smaller authority, it provides everyone with the opportunity to truly see the impact of their work, have a voice and the opportunity to shape their service. This also adds to the significant feeling of community, both within the service and throughout the council as a whole. Most would describe their teams as a family as they rally together to support each other and collaborate to develop ideas.
Having achieved so much for a smaller authority, we remain ambitious and have our sights set on even bigger things to come. Join us, grow with and help us achieve the next stage of this exciting journey.
As a service, we strongly believe in rightfully rewarding our staff for their achievements and continued excellence and are able to offer competitive salaries to ensure this. We offer:
We are leading on a number of innovations within children's social care including:
I decided to apply and work for Thurrock for three reasons. Firstly, its locality. I grew up in Essex and know the areas very well. Thurrock is just outside of London and has very good transport links.
Secondly, Thurrock is a small borough where the majority of the services you need are all working within the same office. I can go and find who I want and have a meaningful conversation with them.
Finally, the ASYE programme that Thurrock offers to Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW) was great in introducing us to social work. The biggest challenge I have experienced so far is that transition from student to practitioner and this is where the academy suited me perfectly. The academy offered a lot of training which prepared me for what I was about to face. You also have a Practice Educator to support you whenever you need it.
I enjoy my job. Thurrock is very friendly and I have a great team who are there to offer support when I need it.
I spent 7 years in this team and studied to gain my social work degree, with the council’s support. I then moved to fostering and I feel very lucky to say that I have always loved the work that I do for Thurrock and as crazy as it sounds, 'I like going to work there!'
Thurrock is a small authority who are striving to have a stable and consistent workforce for the children and families we all work with. The borough is still growing with new housing projects being undertaken and has a lot of facilities and amenities available to its growing and diverse population. It is a warm and friendly place to work and offers competitive rates of pay and is also a nice place to live.
The council are very supportive of continual professional development and I am currently working towards changing my BA Hon’s Degree to a Masters, which is supported and funded by Thurrock.
I am a Senior Practitioner in the Fostering Team in Thurrock Council and I have worked for Thurrock for the last 6 years. I started at Thurrock as a Newly Qualified Social Worker. I began in a Child Protection Team. I then moved on to the team that is now the Children and Family Assessment Team. Being in both of these teams was a great learning experience. I was able to learn about working with families and assessing risk. It was really positive to be able to move team within the Local Authority to have new experiences.
Within my time in Thurrock I have also concentrated on my training and development and am just completing a Post Graduate Masters in Advanced Social Work. I am also doing some training with the Tavistock in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. The Council has been excellent in supporting this development.
I am also currently the social work representative on the retention and recruitment Board. This has allowed me to impact upon the strategy and advocate on behalf of my colleagues. I have been in Thurrock Council for a long time now and can honestly say I work with some amazing people who I am fortunate enough to be able to call my friends.
Everything you need to know about our team
Nobody ever said that this job was easy and anyone who has worked within children's social care will be aware of the challenges.
At Thurrock, we are looking for people who relish the prospect of a challenge, are driven by genuine desire to safeguard and help vulnerable children and take real pride in their work.
Common characteristics amongst all of our employees include enthusiasm, resilience and an insatiable desire to learn, develop and improve.
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 have the ambition, drive and attitude to truly contribute to our thriving service then we want to hear from you.
Throughout Thurrock Council we firmly believe that all of our employees should enjoy a consistently stable working environment in which they feel fully supported, both in the decisions they make and the work they do. This is especially true within a service such as Children's Social Care which can potentially attract attention and scrutiny from both the public and the media.
We have put a comprehensive support structure in place to ensure that no individual ever feels alone in their work. This includes an open and involved management team who are always available when needed and encouraged to hold regular team meetings as well as individual supervisions.
This support structure extends to your colleagues as collaboration is strongly encouraged. This allows you to utilise the wide range of experience and expertise on hand throughout the service.
Staff are provided with dedicated mentoring to ensure that you continue to learn and develop new skills. This will not only allow you to carry out your best work in your current position but also provide a platform for future progression.
Thrive in the present and future as part of a supportive team here at Thurrock Council.
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. We offer a market factor competency salary supplement of £7,000 - £10,000 p.a. and a market factor retention payment of £2,000 - £3,000 p.a. to children's social workers and team managers (depending on team allocation, subject to length of service and performance).
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.