Along our stunning coastline and beautiful countryside, behind our sparkling Riviera image are children in poverty and in need of safeguarding and support. They need our help and we’re re-focusing to deliver significant and continuous improvement in their lives. We have invested heavily in our social work teams as they are the most important defences in the lives of our vulnerable children. The social workers we seek relish a professional challenge and share our passion for reaching the highest standards.

So, if you have the skills, experience and commitment our children need, if you want to be part of a Council where your efforts and contributions will be welcomed and noticed, we want to hear from you. Please click on the post that interests you for more information.

Current Vacancies

Reference Number: HOSSA

Job type: Social work/Health

Salary: £53,639 - £57,066

Number of hours: 37

Location: Tor Hill House
Union Street
Torquay
TQ2 5QW

We are looking for a dynamic and experienced manager to take on the leadership of our Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub and Single Assessment team in Torbay. 

If you join us in the role as Head of service you would have the opportunity to work with a dedicated and established team of experienced professionals from Social Care, the Police, Health, and Education;  and build on the improvements made in the delivery of front door children’s safeguarding services in Torbay. We were really pleased with the feedback from Ofsted’s monitoring visit in October stating that .”..Effective oversight and timely decision-making by both team managers and social workers within the MASH ensure that children in need of help and protection and early help services are identified swiftly.”

You will be in charge of the operational aspects of the MASH with a strong multi agency partnership including 2 FTE social work team managers. You will also manage the Single Assessment service which has 3 Team managers each with 4  social workers. You will be responsible for ensuring that high quality services are delivered to children and families,  be committed to ensuring that the safeguarding of children is at the centre of all practice and working closely with partner agencies to achieve delivery of services that are child focused and of good quality. 

We are seeking an experienced and ambitious individual to ensure we deliver within our improvement plan and move forward with the aspiration to achieve even more. 

We are keen to appoint someone who will be passionate about multi-agency collaboration and who can evidence effective communication and negotiation skills. 

You will make a key contribution to the Torbay’s Children’s Safeguarding Service management team, who have been working together to deliver better outcomes for children and families in Torbay and to support the professional development of our staff in ‘making a difference’. 

The Head of Service is on maternity leave therefore this post will be for a period of 12 month period. 

We are looking for a social work qualified practitioner with experience and knowledge of front end safeguarding services and an ability to work in a  challenging environment. Due to the continued focus on our improvement journey we are also looking for someone with the drive and ambition to join us as we move forward to improve outcomes for children. 

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Returned Applications
Postal Address Email Telephone Number
Tor Hill House
Union Street
Torquay
TQ2 5QW
csrecruitment@torbay.gov.uk 01803 208656

Reference Number: CSTM

Job type: Childrens Social Care

Salary: £41,025 to £43,820

Number of hours: 37

Location: Tor Hill House
Union Street
Torquay
TQ2 5QW

A comprehensive and rewarding benefits and relocation package is available for the successful candidate.

Torbay is now progressing well in its improvement journey working in partnership with Hampshire County Council, as the DfE appointed improvement partner. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a beautiful area of the country alongside one of the highest performing authorities in England. Following their most recent monitoring visit, OFSTED concluded that the ‘Senior Leadership Team is now well placed to continue to deliver the ambitious and well targeted plan.’ As part of our improvement journey, we are looking to recruit experienced and inspirational Team Managers to a number of key teams, including Looked After Children, Safeguarding & Supporting Families and Single Assessment.

We consider good Team Managers as a crucial element of our improvement journey. You will be required to manage a small team of dedicated and committed social work practitioners, support good performance and robust quality assurance processes and enable staff to continually develop so that they have the skills needed to support families to build resilience and facilitate positive change. You will have a minimum of four years’ post qualifying experience working with children and families, within current legislation and government initiatives. You will receive a competitive salary, subsidised parking, good administrative support and all the cutting edge technology you need to undertake this rewarding role. You will be part of an experienced and supportive management team alongside the potential to be part of our talent management programme.

DBS disclosure is required for this post.

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Returned Applications
Postal Address Email Telephone Number
Children's Services Recruitment
Tor Hill House 1st South
C/O Town Hall
Castle Circus
Torquay
TQ1 3DR
csrecruitment@torbay.gov.uk 01803 208656

Reference Number: FTM

Job type: Childrens Social Care

Salary: £41,025 to £43,820

Number of hours: 37

Location: Tor Hill House
Union Street
Torquay
TQ2 5QW

A comprehensive and rewarding benefits and relocation package is available for the successful candidate.

Torbay is now progressing well in its improvement journey working in partnership with Hampshire County Council, as the DfE appointed improvement partner. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a beautiful area of the country alongside one of the highest performing authorities in England. Following their most recent monitoring visit, OFSTED concluded that the ‘Senior Leadership Team is now well placed to continue to deliver the ambitious and well targeted plan.’

As part of our improvement journey, we are looking to recruit experienced and inspirational Team Manager for Fostering.   

Ideally you will have experience within a team management role and hold a good knowledge of the relevant fostering legislation, regulations/relevant guidance and be committed to delivering services that are of the highest standard.

We consider good Team Managers as a crucial element of our improvement journey. You will be required to manage a team of dedicated and committed social work practitioners, support good performance and robust quality assurance processes and enable staff to continually develop so that they have the skills needed to support families to build resilience and facilitate positive change. You will have a minimum of four years’ post qualifying experience working. You will receive a competitive salary, subsidised parking, good administrative support and all the cutting edge technology you need to undertake this rewarding role. You will be part of an experienced and supportive management team alongside the potential to be part of our talent management programme.

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Returned Applications
Postal Address Email Telephone Number
Children's Services Recruitment
Tor Hill House 1st South
C/O Town Hall
Castle Circus
Torquay
TQ1 3DR
csrecruitment@torbay.gov.uk 01803 208656

Reference Number: NQSW

Job type: Childrens Social Care

Salary: £30,152 to £32,486

Number of hours: 37

Location: Tor Hill House
Union Street
Torquay
TQ2 5QW

As a Newly Qualified Social Worker please see our specific section on what we can offer you within Torbay by visiting www.torbay.gov.uk/nqsw.  Working in Torbay as a ASYE Social Worker has been described by a member of our current cohort as the ‘best place to work’ (December 2017). Our aim is to provide you with an Assessed and Supported Year in Employment with the emphasis on support! From the outset the learner agreement will set out what you understand to be your learning needs following the completion of your qualifying social work degree. This process will include reviewing the Knowledge and Skills Statements to ensure we target those areas you need support in most. Following this you will be able to review your learning needs at four and six months as we recognise that you ‘don’t know, what you don’t know’ and sometimes you need to be in a team and undertaking casework to find this out. You’ll be supported with regular supervision as well as high quality learning and development opportunities.

Within Torbay we’re a little unique and we have an established Joint Preceptorship that enables you to access four days of learning and development with newly qualified health professionals such as health visitors and midwives. This has proved a successful way to support newly qualified professionals in developing quality multi-agency working practices. We know from our health colleagues inspection that this approach doesn’t happen anywhere else in the country.

Torbay can also offer you cutting edge technology to support you within your role, and if this makes you nervous don’t worry there is IT training on hand to support this area too.

So if you’re a newly qualified social worker looking to work across the three towns of Torbay (Brixham, Paignton and Torquay) then download a job description and apply today.

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Returned Applications
Postal Address Email Telephone Number
Children's Services Recruitment
Tor Hill House 1st South
C/O Town Hall
Castle Circus
Torquay
TQ1 3DR
csrecruitment@torbay.gov.uk 01803 208656

Reference Number: CSSW

Job type: Childrens Social Care

Salary: £30,152 to £32,486

Number of hours: 37

Location: Tor Hill House
Union Street
Torquay
TQ2 5QW

A comprehensive and rewarding benefits and relocation package is available for the successful candidate.

Torbay is now progressing well in its improvement journey working in partnership with Hampshire County Council, as the DfE appointed improvement partner. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a beautiful area of the country alongside one of the highest performing authorities in England. Following their most recent monitoring visit, OFSTED concluded that the ‘Senior Leadership Team is now well placed to continue to deliver the ambitious and well targeted plan.’ As part of our improvement journey, we are looking to recruit social workers & newly qualified social workers across a number of key teams, including Looked After Children, Safeguarding & Supporting Families and Single Assessment.

Good social workers are at the heart of everything we do. You will be required to create positive relationships with families, children and colleagues, demonstrate sound abilities in risk assessment and planning, mediation, negotiation and problem solving. You will receive good management support with a focus on your professional development, a competitive salary, subsidised parking, the opportunity to be part of a talent management programme, good administrative support and cutting edge technology, to enable you to capture information whilst out in the field and upload onto case management systems automatically.

DBS disclosure is required for this post.

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Returned Applications
Postal Address Email Telephone Number
Children's Services Recruitment
Tor Hill House 1st South
C/O Town Hall
Castle Circus
Torquay
TQ1 3DR
csrecruitment@torbay.gov.uk 01803 208656

Reference Number: SWA

Job type: Social work/Health

Salary: £30,152 to £36,379

Number of hours: 37

Location: Tor Hill House,
Union Street,
Torquay,
TQ2 5QW

A comprehensive and rewarding benefits and relocation package is available for the successful candidate.

Torbay is now progressing well in its improvement journey working in partnership with Hampshire County Council, as the DfE appointed improvement partner. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a beautiful area of the country alongside one of the highest performing authorities in England. Following their most recent monitoring visit, OFSTED concluded that the ‘Senior Leadership Team is now well placed to continue to deliver the ambitious and well targeted plan.’ As part of our improvement journey, we are looking to recruit a social worker within our Adoption Team.

We are ideally looking for a social worker with at least 3 years post qualifying experience who has some experience working with looked after or adopted children or foster carers and adoptive parents. However, whilst applicants must be qualified social workers and HPCP registered, we invite applications from anyone who has an interest in this area of work and can demonstrate this interest and enthusiasm.  

Whether or not applicants have previously worked in adoption, the interviews will assume some personal or professional knowledge of adoption or that the applicant will have done some research on the intranet prior to the interview.

Some national websites which are useful are:

Torbay adoption team are committed to becoming part of a wider Regional Adoption Agency, and it would be helpful if applicants have read the 2016 D of E paper Adoption: A Vision for Change.

Good social workers are at the heart of everything we do. You will be required to create positive relationships with families, children and colleagues, demonstrate sound abilities in risk assessment and planning, mediation, negotiation and problem solving. You will receive good management support with a focus on your professional development, a competitive salary, subsidised parking, the opportunity to be part of a talent management programme, good administrative support and cutting edge technology, to enable you to capture information whilst out in the field and upload onto case management systems automatically.

DBS disclosure is required for this post.

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Returned Applications
Postal Address Email Telephone Number
Children's Services Recruitment
Tor Hill House 1st South
C/O Town Hall
Castle Circus
Torquay
TQ1 3DR
csrecruitment@torbay.gov.uk 01803 208656

Reference Number: CSESW

Job type: Childrens Social Care

Salary: £33,437 to £36,379

Number of hours: 37

Location: Tor Hill House
Union Street
Torquay
TQ2 5QW

A comprehensive and rewarding benefits and relocation package is available for the successful candidate.

Torbay is now progressing well in its improvement journey working in partnership with Hampshire County Council, as the DfE appointed improvement partner. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a beautiful area of the country alongside one of the highest performing authorities in England. Following their most recent monitoring visit, OFSTED concluded that the ‘Senior Leadership Team is now well placed to continue to deliver the ambitious and well targeted plan.’ As part of our improvement journey, we are looking to recruit experienced social workers across a number of key teams including Looked After Children, Safeguarding and Supporting Families and Single Assessment. 

Good social workers are at the heart of everything we do. You will be required to manage a complex, varied caseload, as well as acting as a mentor to less experienced team members, providing them with coaching and guidance so that they can develop their skills to support families to build resilience and facilitate positive change. You will have a minimum of two years’ post qualifying experience working with children and families, within current legislation and government initiatives. You will receive a competitive salary, subsidised parking, the opportunity to be part of a talent management programme, good administrative support and cutting edge technology, to enable you to capture information whilst out in the field and upload onto case management systems automatically. 

DBS disclosure is required for this post.

Download job description Download application form

Returned Applications
Postal Address Email Telephone Number
Children's Services Recruitment
Tor Hill House 1st South
C/O Town Hall
Castle Circus
Torquay
TQ1 3DR
csrecruitment@torbay.gov.uk 01803 208656

Reference Number: SWSGO

Job type: Social work/Health

Salary: £30,152 - £36.379

Number of hours: 37

Location: Tor Hill House
Union Street
Torquay
TQ2 5QW

Torbay Specialist Services are looking for a qualified social worker to join us to take on the role of undertaking Special Guardianship order assessments. As this is a new role within Torbay it is an opportunity to be instrumental in developing this role and informing positive changes to our processes.

You will need to have experience in social care practice in child care teams and also be confident in your ability to undertake family based assessments. Experience in completing Special Guardianship assessments and/or Form C/F assessment would be advantageous but not essential.  

This post is for a fixed term period of 12 months.

DBS disclosure is required for this post.

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Postal Address Email Telephone Number
Tor Hill House
Union Street
Torquay
TQ2 5QW
csrecruitment@torbay.gov.uk 01803 208656

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