Social Worker (up to £4000 welcome payment)

  • Employer: Halton Borough Council
  • Salary: £33,024 - £39,186 FTE (HBC7/8) - pay award pending
  • Location: Halton Borough Council
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week.
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Closing Date: 31/03/2025 at 23:59
  • Reference: CHI/24/275589

If you are Newly Qualified, or an experienced Social Worker looking to make a move, we would love to hear from you.

When you become a permanent Social Work employee at Halton Borough Council we'll welcome you with a payment of up to £4000* to recognise your contribution to our Children’s Services.

We’re offering £2000 (pro-rata for part-time) to new appointments made to permanent qualified social work roles. There is an additional payment of £2000 (pro-rata for part-time) paid to new appointments in qualified social worker posts in the Duty and Assessment and Children in Need Teams.

We are keen to invite shortlisted candidates for interview prior to the advert closing, therefore please do not hesitate to submit your application.

  • Do you have a passion to make a difference to the lives of children?

  • Are you looking for somewhere where you can make as much of a difference to the life chances of children and young people as possible?

  • A place where you are always looking forward? Where there’s a big focus on continuous learning and career progression?

We have a strong vision for social work practice in Halton and we are currently embedding a relationship based practice model that has systemic practice at its core. We’re on a journey for excellence and we’ve made it our mission to ensure that children and young people get the best service from us, so they are able to thrive and achieve.

We are committed to supporting our Social Workers and Managers to achieve their aspirations too. Working with us, you will have real opportunities to progress your career through training and development as an advanced practitioner, or future leader.

For those just starting out in their career, we offer a nurturing ASYE programme for newly qualified workers which includes a protected caseload, dedicated time for study and additional reflective supervisions. Our Practice Manager for Social Work Professional Development will support you throughout the ASYE programme and beyond.

We offer an extensive benefits package as well as an attractive financial package with a range of other benefits, including a generous leave allowance (up to 34 days), a flexible working week, free parking, car allowance, car lease scheme, health and wellbeing initiatives and discount scheme.  We are within easy commutable distance of Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside regions. We also cover the cost of your Social Work England registration fee for a two year period (2023 - 2025 registration year).

Halton is a thriving and vibrant Borough where people can learn and develop their skills; enjoy a good quality of life with good health; a high quality, modern urban environment; the opportunity for all to fulfil their potential; greater wealth and quality, sustained by a thriving business community; and safer, stronger and more attractive neighbourhoods.

Social Worker posts are subject to Enhanced DBS Disclosure and Social Work England Registration.

For an informal discussion about our Social Work posts, please contact Kadie Molyneux on 0151 511 7557 or Lynsey Ratcliffe on 0151 511 8594 (Children in Care & Care Leavers)

Alternatively you can email:

Please note that Halton Borough Council is unable to offer or support any form of UK VISA sponsorship

At Halton Borough Council we want to ensure that our communities are represented across our workforce and a vital part of this is to encourage diversity in all respects. We are committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and tailored to best suit the needs and strength of the individual. This includes making adjustments for people with a disability, neurodiversity or with long-term health conditions. If you require accommodations, please reach out during the recruitment process so that we can make this the best possible experience for you –


How to apply

Please apply online via the link provided.

Please note, we do not accept CVs. Please fully complete the on-line application form.


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