Powerful “real stories” aim to attract children’s social workers


What’s it really like to be a children’s social worker with West Sussex County Council? Potential new recruits can find out for themselves at a special recruitment event this month.

Social workers, managers and the Director of Family Operations at the County Council will all be at County Hall North in Horsham between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday 29 June to explain why West Sussex County Council is a great place to work.

The event – the first of its kind to be held by the County Council – is aiming to attract qualified social workers who have left the profession or who are currently working elsewhere.

Representatives from all areas of children’s services will be on hand for informal discussions on the roles available and to provide advice on joining the County Council team.

Stephen Hillier, County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “There is a national shortage of children’s social workers and we need to stand up and tell our story about why working for West Sussex County Council is a great career choice.

“Our mantra is ‘With you, with the child, every step of the way’ and this commitment runs through everything we do to protect, support and care for our children and to reward and nurture our employees.”

Pay increases were introduced earlier this year to ensure the County Council remains competitive and the new career progression pathway allows individual social workers to achieve promotion whilst staying on the frontline as well as through the more traditional route of moving into management.

Adrian Dyka, is a qualified social worker and Group Manager in the Council’s family support and protection service and he is eager to share his story.

Adrian said: ”I work with some really bright, enquiring and caring social workers and managers who are very passionate about the work they do.

“It takes a special person to become a good social worker and this event will demonstrate the value the County Council places on the enthusiastic and committed individuals who care for our children. I’d urge anyone who has left social work for whatever reason to come along and see how things have changed.”

To find out more about the event please visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/cscrevent.

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Last updated:
6 February 2018

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