Social work in Children and Young People

If you are looking to grow professionally and further your career in social work, we can offer supportive practice where you can make a real difference.
Meet the teams in Children and Young People
What the teams in the Children and Young People’s directorate in Suffolk looks like.
Career path for Children and Young People Social Workers
Learn more about career progression for Social Workers in Suffolk County Council.
Newly Qualified Social Worker Support
We are proud of the programme of support that we provide to our Newly Qualified Social Workers in their first year of practice.
Professional development in Children and Young People
Keeping up-to-date with continuing professional development and registration.

Social Work in Suffolk

We are one of the leading social work authorities in the UK, whose children’s services are rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted - 'Services for children are of an exceptionally high standard. They are child-focused and make a positive difference to children's lives.' (Ofsted, 2019).


Signs of Safety

We have a well-embedded practice framework to enable meaningful family-focused help. ‘Signs of Safety’ enables us to do this respectfully and in collaboration with all the families, colleagues and organisations we are working with. We do this by supporting flexible working including job share, part-time and mobile working, offering career pathways for social workers wishing to progress and develop in front line practice as well as specific interests, and we will invest in you in return for your investment in our families and children.

Signs of Safety and wellbeing logo.

New Social Workers

All new Social Workers moving to Suffolk have access to a relocation package of up to £8,000 and a car leasing scheme.

Whilst working as a Social Worker within Suffolk’s fieldwork teams you will receive a retention payment of up to £4,000, plus an extra 3 days annual leave.

You can view our current job vacancies and sign up to get email alerts when we advertise for qualified Social Workers on Suffolk Jobs Direct.