Placing people first
You'll always be more than a number to us. You are there for people when they are at their most vulnerable. By finding you a role that allows you to be the very best version of your professional self, we like to think we are doing our bit to help. It’s simple; we care because you do.
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At Sanctuary Social Care, we pair our candidates with roles we know are a direct match to their skills, knowledge, experience and future aspirations.
I've been with Sanctuary now for over 10 years and have had the same consultant throughout. I've got to say, the service provided by Sanctuary has been second to none. It’s been exceptional.
Sanctuary Social Care worked closely with me to understand how my work in referral and assessment at Doncaster was directly transferable to the role advertised at Rotherham.
Child Sexual Exploitation Manager
My Sanctuary consultant has so much gravity and common sense in his approach to his work. He is polite, quick on the uptake, innovative and very motivational.
I have worked with several social work agencies over the past 3 years and can confirm that the service received from Sanctuary is excellent. They make a real difference.
How to progress your social work career
As you gain more experience as a social work practitioner, you may turn your thoughts to career progression – namely, what might you expect to achieve and what to expect at different levels of seniority. Social work is an incredibly diverse profession and offers great flexibility – whilst some practitioners may be keen to rise up the ranks into managerial positions, others are happy to continue working directly with adults or children and families.With this in mind, we look at what you could expect from your career and how we can help you at every step of the way. What is the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF)?The first thing you should be aware of is the Professionals Capability Framework. This is a dedicated resource outlining professional development for social workers in England. The PCF works in partnership with the Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS) which clearly define what social workers should know and be able to do in different settings and at different levels of seniority. There are two distinct KSS which refer to adults and children and families. To understand more about how the two resources align together, we highly recommend reading the guidance provided by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).Starting as a Newly Qualified Social WorkerDuring your first social work job, you will be classed as a Newly Qualified Social Worker (NQSW) and will likely be participating in an Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) scheme. Your employer will assess your skills against the PCF and determine whether you are meeting the national standards as required by Social Work England.What is an advanced practitioner social work job role?Many practitioners are not tempted by managerial or team manager social work jobs because they want to keep working directly with adults or children and families. For these social workers, advanced practitioner jobs are the ideal blend of experience and progression.Social workers can move into niche areas from there, such as independent reviewing officer (IRO) jobs or practice educator positions. These roles are about shaping the development of peers and helping to influence how the social work profession will continue to deliver positive outcomes for those in need.How can I move into social work management?For those who are keen to benefit from a linear career progression and have ambitions to work as a social work team manager (or higher) then there are plenty of opportunities for career progression.Whilst team manager social work jobs are about leading teams and ensuring that everyone is working effectively, other roles such as service managers, heads of service and commissioning managers to take on a more strategic role. It’s about evolving and developing services to ensure delivering statutory care is being delivered.Whatever your ambitions are, we are uniquely placed to help you. To find out how, please get in touch.
How to develop a career in social work
Regardless of whether you work in adult or children’s services, you can continue to learn new skills and develop your social work career. And as new patterns of working emerge, there’s ample opportunity to diversify into new ways of supporting vulnerable people and communities.What is ASYE?Some newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) choose to complete an Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) to develop on-the-job skills; this can be used towards continued professional development (CPD). Although ASYE is not essential, some employers may make it compulsory for NQSWs wishing wish to work with them. At the end of the programme, you will be awarded a fitness to practice certificate, allowing you to progress into a more senior permanent social work role.Register with Sanctuary and browse our NQSW jobs.What is the typical social work career path?We have previously outlined a typical social work career path, however this does not mean that you must follow this. Social work is diverse and we regularly work with professionals who have used their experience in different ways to enjoy an extremely satisfying career. If you are looking for advice or are keen to develop your career in a certain area, get in touch with your Sanctuary consultant.Why is social work training important?In the UK, there are four separate regulatory bodies for social work; Social Work England (SWE), Social Care Wales (SCW), Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC). Each clearly outlines their requirements for social workers to maintain continual learning and professional development.If you know the area(s) you are keen to progress in or the service you want to move into, you can focus your learning. There is a number of courses available which focus on specific social work themes, such as domestic abuse or mental health, or you could choose to update your general skills in areas such as food hygiene, fire safety or sign language. Training is also a good way of ensuring that your knowledge of social work legislation is up-to-date.Of course, training is not just about workshops and courses; anything which enhances your knowledge of social work is worthwhile and can be included in your CPD activity log. We recommend reading sector-relevant articles and magazines, such as Social Work News.Your Sanctuary consultant will be able to advise you on what training opportunities could help you to move into your preferred social work job.What are the benefits of becoming a locum social worker?Agency social work jobs give more flexibility; through a str