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Job benefits

We are committed to ensuring that you get the right support to ensure your wellbeing at work, and our benefits speak for themselves!

We know that working in children’s social care can be an absolute pleasure and privilege, whilst also acknowledging the challenges. We are committed to ensuring that our social care workforce has the right support physically and emotionally to enable them to be safe and well in their work and to continue providing high quality support to children and families.

A caring and supportive culture

We are passionate about keeping people safe, well and independent, whilst making a positive contribution. We host regular listening events and have a well at work scheme, which focuses on health and wellbeing. There’s also a social presence, with yoga classes, sports teams and more.

A Golden Hello

You can’t put a price on experience, but we can reward it. We offer a golden hello of £3,500* to experienced social workers, assistant team managers and team managers within Family Solutions Plus, to show we are serious about investing in you. (*subject to a minimum of three years’ post-qualifying experience of relevant experience)

Manageable caseloads in a service rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

Not only is it important that you love what you do, but it’s also important to be able to manage your workload and devote the right amount of attention to each case. Being one of 16 authorities rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, as a Social Worker, you get the support you need.

Flexible working

We do all we can to ensure that every one of our employees has a healthy work-life balance. Our agile working policy means you can work across council sites or from home to suit your needs and we support flexible working hours. You will be provided with a laptop, mobile phone and Microsoft Teams to facilitate agile working.

Annual leave

We offer a generous holiday allowance starting at 29 days per year (plus bank holidays) to help demonstrate how much we value the work you do. We also offer an annual leave purchase scheme. 

Day off after court – we understand the pressures faced by our Social Workers when they are involved with care proceedings, so we offer a day off after care proceedings are completed - not as time off in lieu, or annual leave - this is an additional day’s break for Social Workers, to rest and restore from the emotional impact of proceedings

Other benefits include

Childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, staff discount scheme for a range of retailers, holidays, insurance, restaurants, health & leisure activities and rail travel.

Pension

Oxfordshire County Council offer a generous pension package of up to 20% employer contribution.

Relocation expense

We know moving is expensive, so we offer up to £8,000 financial assistance towards property deposits and to ‘grease the wheels’ of the removal van.

Professional sabbaticals

To encourage and develop excellent practice at Oxfordshire, we offer ‘professional sabbaticals’ of up to six weeks for social workers in our Family Solutions Plus teams to undertake a research project in an area of practice that needs further development. This allows social workers the time for to undertake in-depth research and explore how the findings can be implemented within our services, continuing the cycle of constant improvement and development within our team.

Covid working

We have adapted our working practices to enable us to continue to provide the best support possible to children and families, whilst ensuring that our teams feel safe, as we continue to work through the Covid-19 pandemic. Social Workers in our statutory teams currently work both at home and in the office when on Duty. We know that not everyone is able to work from home, so we offer dedicated office-based workstations when needed.

We also offer flexible hours, so that when needed, our staff can work at times best suited to them and their families.

We hold regular briefings online from managers, and provide face to face support when needed. Throughout the pandemic, we have offered pastoral support to our colleagues on both a one to one and team basis, and our Principal Social Worker leads regular sessions to ensure that staff stay connected.