Staffordshire County Council

Principal Social Worker Safeguarding Lead

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Stafford, Staffordshire
£72,614 to £78,059 per annum
15 Nov 2021
03 Dec 2021
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Job title: Principal Social Worker Safeguarding Lead

Location: Staffordshire

Salary:  Grade 15 - £72,614 to £78,059 per annum + car user allowance

Working Pattern: 37 Hours per week | Full time | Flexible working – we’re happy to discuss options with you

Want to transform care?  We’ll work with you

Together, we’ll change lives

Here at Staffordshire we’re committed to a strengths-based practice to inspire healthy independent living, so we can help people achieve their goals through the resources available to them personally, from their families and in their communities. And we’re continually seeking to improve, for the people who use our services

Our role

Working across our adult social care and safeguarding service you’ll be accountable for ensuring that effective, high quality social work practice is developed and supported across the organisation.   

You’ll enable and oversee transformational development across statutory services.

And key to our future success you’ll be promoting a cultural change, whilst establishing robust and effective governance, developing partnership working. Ensuring that all of those commissioners, providers, partners and others that are involved in delivering social care to the people of Staffordshire do so in a coherent and coordinated manner

In the role of Principal Social Worker, you will be responsible for ensuring we provide a critical leadership role in respect of social work practice with adults and for ensuring our commitment to quality.  You’ll also be responsible for the leadership, management, supervision and performance of the Adult Safeguarding services in Staffordshire including the Deprivation of Liberty Service and Prisons and approved premises. Through this you’ll have 5 direct reports who you’ll inspire and develop.

What you’ll bring

You’ll need to be a:

  • Qualified Social Worker
  • Registered with Social Work England
  • A detailed knowledge and understanding of primary legislation and statutory guidance in relation to supporting and safeguarding adults and how this translates into policy and practice
  • Proven experience of successful inter-agency and partnership work, building relationships and trust
  • Management qualification/ and or equivalent experience managing within adult services or similar
  • Financial management experience specifically around staffing and procurement budgets
  • Experience of / knowledge of how to complete funding applications
  • Experience of leading on pilots and new initiatives

But above all, you’ll bring the desire to drive real change for people across the county.

Our benefits & offer to you

We know you’ll want to continually develop in your role and potentially progress your career and that’s why we have great training and development opportunities here at Staffordshire.

Plus, there’s also all these other benefits too:

  • Generous holiday entitlement from 27 up to 33 days (plus 8 bank holidays and 2 extra statutory days) That’s a minimum of 37 days annual leave.
  • The option to buy up to an additional 2 weeks annual leave per year
  • A range of flexible working options, depending on your job role, which includes agile working, flexible retirement
  • Family Friendly Policies - maternity, adoption, paternity and parental leave
  • An excellent local government pension scheme



  • Volunteering Scheme
  • Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring
  • Access to health and wellbeing support (including Occupational Health, Physiotherapy and Counselling Services)
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Car lease scheme / cycle & car loan scheme / employee car share scheme
  • Bus and rail travel discounts

So, how do I apply?

Just click on the ‘Apply’ button

If you do have technical issues please contact and the team will help you.

Closing Date: 3 December 2021
Interview Date: TBC

For more information and/or an informal chat about the role please contact Jo Cowcher, Assistant Director of Adult Social Work and Safeguarding at or visit our website  for more information about working at Staffordshire.

Our recruitment process

As you’ll know safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people/vulnerable adults is important to us and that’s why this position is subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service. If applicable you should disclose details of unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.

How will we store your details?

By submitting your application form, you are giving your consent to the processing of your personal data in the ways described Here

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities. As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, we offer a guaranteed interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.  

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