//Recruitment drive underway as new national social work regulator opens head office in Sheffield

Published 4th July 2018 at 9:25am

A national recruitment drive is now underway as a new regulator, responsible for driving forward improvements in social work practice, is being established in Sheffield City Region.

Social Work England, to be based in Sheffield city centre, will be responsible for regulating all of the 95,000 social workers in England.

This year, around 120 new staff will be recruited, to work at all levels of the organisation. They will get the opportunity to be part of the set-up of this brand new organisation, with the chance to shape its strategic direction and the way it delivers its work.

Lord Patel of Bradford, chair of Social Work England, said: “We need exceptional people to join us on our journey, people with the drive and ambition to play a pivotal role in the design and shape of our organisation.

“These will be challenging and ultimately extremely rewarding, roles.”

Both Manchester and Birmingham were considered as possible locations for Social Work England, but Sheffield was selected due to the premises available, the independent and creative nature of Sheffield as a city, and its proximity to the Peak District.

A spokesperson for Social Work England said: “For the staff we wanted somewhere bright, airy and fit for purpose, with the opportunity to sit together as teams. As a new organisation, we know people need to be able to form strong collaborative ways of working together and spend time getting to know each other.

“The Sheffield shortlist of premises we looked at had all these possibilities. Then there is price. We want to make sure that we do everything in as economic way as possible, within scope of our funding and striving to achieve value for money.

“Finally, there is Sheffield Itself as a place to live and work. Sheffield is the greenest city in Britain and on the door of the beautiful Peak District. It’s a city that’s creative, friendly and welcoming. Its steel history is strong but with a modern outlook and a diverse range of things to see and do.”

If you have the energy and passion to make a difference, improve standards and help transform people’s lives then Social Work England wants to hear from you. Search current vacancies on the interim website here.