Children's Social Work Lead


As a qualified and experienced Children’s Social Worker, you will support the People and Communities Directorate on the Isles of Scilly, to ensure the delivery of an integrated, evidence-based service that promotes the welfare of the community and protects the vulnerable from harm. You will excel in this small supportive team if you are a can-do and collaborative team-player with outstanding communication skills. You will have significant experience of working with children requiring help and protection across the continuum of need and working knowledge of strengths-based practice and Signs of Safety.

This role acts as our Local Authority Principal Children’s Social Worker and dedicated Social Worker for special education needs and/or disability.  It will play a critical role in an integrated and collaborative partnership which has a commitment to provide quality services on a preventative basis, with a focus on building strong relationships with children and their families.

Our multi-agency, early help approach to supporting children, young people and their wider families is something that we are immensely proud of.  We have much to do following our ‘inadequate’ judgement by Ofsted in July 2023 and therefore are seeking a dynamic and ambitious social worker keeping children at the heart of everything they do within their practice.  You will be joining a supportive, forward thinking and highly motivated team.

You will be expected to hold a case load and supervise staff across a wide variety of support levels and thresholds including Early Help, assessing and supporting children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, Children in Need, Child Protection cases and Looked After Children when required.

You will have skills and expertise in communicating with all children, including children with special education needs and or a disability, putting them at the heart of all that we do.   You will have excellent assessment, written and analytic skills with sound knowledge of child development, particularly with respect to the needs and identifying support for a child with special education needs or disability.

You will be able to work in partnership with children and young people, parents and carers, education, health, police and other agencies/professionals supporting children and young people to provide positives outcomes for children, young people and their families.

As such you will have a thorough and up to date understanding of the legislative, procedural and   research base underpinning social work with children and families.

About us

The beautiful Isles of Scilly is set 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall. With stunning beaches, huge, unpolluted, starry skies, endless outdoor activities and a friendly community you will experience a whole new way of life. Yet set within this beautiful world are some children and families who need help and support to get the most out of life’s opportunities. We are passionate about providing every child with the best start in life and this is your chance to make a difference. 

Benefits include:

  • A generous holiday entitlement starting at 27 days pro rata per annum plus bank holidays
  • Eye care voucher scheme
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Defined benefit pension scheme
  • Relocation Assistance available
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Family friendly leave, pay and working arrangements
  • A free confidential and impartial counselling service

For more information or an informal chat please contact Jayne Irvine on

If you have a track record of success and the ability to lead a department dedicated to improving the life chances of young people then please complete an application form and return to 

Accommodation can be made available for the successful candidate whilst in the position of Children’s Social Work Lead. The candidate will be responsible for rent and bills for the duration of their tenancy.

People and Communities
Full Time - Permanent
37 per week
£44,428 - £47,420 per annum
Closing Date: 
Sunday, 21 April, 2024 - 11pm
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Please submit completed applications to or:
Human Resources
Council of the Isles of Scilly
Town Hall
St Mary's
Isles of Scilly
TR21 0NA

Please note that canvassing of Members or Officers will disqualify you from consideration.

If you require this application pack in an alternative language, in larger text, Braille, easy read or in an audio format, please email or telephone 0300 1234 105.