Social Care Clients.

Social Care Clients
Social Care Clients

A fresh approach to social work recruitment

​There’s a reason why more than one in three social workers are registered with Sanctuary Social Care and over 180 local authorities and NHS Trusts entrust us to meet their resourcing needs. It’s simple. We place people at the heart of everything we do. Our social work consultants have an exceptional understanding of the complex and sensitive nature of social work. When it comes to finding you the right candidates, nobody is better placed to help.

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Enhance visibility

Raise your visibility as an employer of choice in the social care sector. We’ve already invested in intelligent talent management technology, so you don’t have to.

Keep control

Benefit from a tailored hiring strategy, unrivalled candidate matching, regular progress reporting and a wrap-around safe recruitment model. We're just a phone call away!

Hire well

Think ahead. Smart social care recruitment begins here. Resolve your short-term resourcing issues, whilst building a more resilient long-term workforce.


Explore your recruitment options

At Sanctuary Social Care, we believe there's a sweet spot in social care recruitment; a place where social work resourcing solutions not only meet, but often exceed, your expectations as a social work employer.

We match high calibre practitioners, with the rights skills, experience and attitude, to your individual needs. Whether you need a temporary team of highly qualified motivated locum social workers or a robust permanent staffing solution, we know how to make it happen and have the credentials to prove it.

Client services

Find out more about our range of specialist client services.

International Social Care Staffing

At Sanctuary International, we work closely with many countries to meet the growing challenges faced by our social work community. Our global workforce allows us to find the right candidates to meet the changing needs of UK-based employers. We have dedicated hubs in the Philippines, India and several countries in Africa and across the Caribbean, all of which support recruitment and English Language Proficiency. Candidates go through a robust pre-screening process, allowing us to assess their language skills. This gives our clients peace of mind that each applicant has the appropriate communication skills for the role. Our expert understanding of social work ensures we know which qualifications are equivalent to the high standards expected within our UK workforces. Managing your requirementsOur team are available to support you; whether you need to fill niche vacancies or an entire team to cope with a specific cultural challenge. From the very beginning of the recruitment process, we work tirelessly on your behalf. We know that when we find the right people, they can provide the best support to those in need. We understand the challenges involved in moving abroad, so we ensure that cultural and lifestyle changes are fully managed, and expectations set. We support our candidates throughout visa applications, language tests and even professional registration. This allows you to feel confident that the right candidate can simply walk through the door and get on with the task at hand. Our hiring strategies allow us to be transparent and streamlined, making clients feel in control throughout the whole process. Combining recruitment with pastoral careWe know that moving to the UK is a big step for many of our candidates. Often, they are driven by the desire to provide a better life for their children and families, which is why our dedicated relocation team offer first-rate pastoral care to our international community. We believe that if our social workers are happy and secure, they can better integrate to life here in the UK, be more productive at work and therefore able to make a valuable difference to the lives of those in need. Our dedicated account managers work hard to offer a seamless approach which starts from the moment the candidates apply through to the moment they step through your door. Thanks to the efforts of our pastoral support team, our social workers are confident they can integrate with their new colleagues and swiftly become a valued member of your team. This holistic approach means that clients can enjoy secure recruitment. Retention rates for our international workforce are higher than their UK-based counterparts, which provides greater opportunities for sponsorship. Committed to safe recruitmentWe believe in placing people first; this is our commitment to safe recruitment practices. We view all credentials to ensure validity, and work with our international community to ensure candidates have the right documentation, allowing them to work legally within the UK. We adhere to the standards set out by the social work profession and ensure that our international workers are trained to the same high standards as those already based in the UK. As part of our commitment to safeguarding, we comply with guidance on Warner questions, which review the selection of staff working with children and young people. Ultimately, we know how important social work is when it comes to protecting and supporting vulnerable people. We are the most accredited recruitment company in our sector. Our accreditations and memberships include:•ISO9001:2008•ISO14001:2004•OHSAS18001:2007All our candidates are thoroughly checked by our compliance team, providing peace of mind for our clients and the social work community. Our market-leading compliance processes are audited regularly. To discuss how we can support your organisation with international recruitment, contact us today.

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Submit Social Work Job

​Do you have a role or several vacancies you need to fill? And fast? Simply upload a few details using the form below and a specialist consultant will be in touch to discuss your recruitment needs.​

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Social Care Compliance Service

Placing highly qualified experienced candidates doesn’t happen by chance. It only occurs in an environment that is process driven and highly regulated. As one of the largest health and social care recruiters in the UK, we continue to lead the way in compliance. We are renowned for our thorough multi-point candidate checking process and always ensure we meet every candidate face-to-face. We have one of the most robust compliance checks in the industry. Therefore, you know each candidate placed is safe, suitably experienced and qualified. Let us take the pressure off Is compliance a bottle-neck, with other departments vying for attention? Is it a headache getting a team of social workers up-and-running? We take this headache away for you. We can handle your entire compliance process, even for candidates you’ve sourced. How does it work? Once we are provided with information about a candidate, our stringent checking process starts. This includes checking: Full employment history Personal references of employment and performance history Training and qualifications Professional registration Identity and original identity documents in person (face to face) Immigration status/Right to Work in the UK Disclosure and Barring Service and overseas police checks for new entrants Occupational health screening for role/occupational health review for all clinical staff Up-to-date statutory and role relevant training Our approach ensures your compliance procedures adhere to the UK legislative requirements, NHS Employer Standards, Crown Commercial Services (CCS), Collaborative Procurement Programme (CPP) and HealthTrust Europe (HTE) framework conditions, as well as best industry practice. It means you can safely mobilise entire teams, without delay. Contact us today to find out how you could benefit from outsourcing your compliance services.

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Social Care Staffing Solutions

There’s a reason why we a preferred social work resourcing partner to more than 180 public sector organisations, including over 160 local authorities, the NHS, many high-profile charities and private organisations. It’s simple. We place people first. Our social care consultants offer an award-winning service. A service that values and understands the complex and sensitive nature of social work. The candidates we support, trust us to find them highly suitable positions. This is why more than one in every three social workers is registered with Sanctuary Social Care. For our clients, this means we can recruit the right person, for the right role, every time. We do this whilst operating one of the most robust candidate-checking and compliance processes in our industry. Explore your resourcing options At Sanctuary Social Care, we believe in a sweet spot in social care recruitment; a place where both client and candidate needs are met, every single time. Employers who chose to work with Sanctuary Social Care appreciate this. They trust us to resolve their exacting resourcing pain points. This can be as a master vendor or a recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) partner. Or you might simply need a resourcing service you can plug into when you need either locum or permanent social work staff, fast. Being on preferred supplier lists throughout the UK means you can quite literally tap into a service. Locum social work recruitmentOur specialist locum social work resourcing teams have created trusted relationships with candidates across every pocket of the UK. Whether you are a rural authority contending with other local employers or a city-based employer competing with neighbouring boroughs, we can help. And if you need an entire fully-managed project team, we can assist with that too! At Sanctuary Social Care, we love nothing more than a challenge. If you have contract social work roles you are finding difficult to recruit for, we are confident we can identify a solution. Permanent social work recruitmentOur 360-degree permanent social work recruitment process is an attractive option for local authorities looking to create the very best social care teams. We can quickly resource permanent professionals across the entire spectrum, from the most promising newly qualified social workers to the most experienced practitioners, and even senior level social work executives. Want to find out more? Contact us today!

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Social Care RPO

Depending on your recruitment needs, you may require more support than simply sourcing and placing social care candidates. As an RPO, Sanctuary Social Care acts as an extension of your HR or Resourcing function to provide a holistic social work hiring solution. We can manage every aspect of your recruitment; from marketing and talent sourcing to candidate placement and beyond!At the heart of each RPO arrangement is a bespoke recruitment business plan built on a well-established methodology. We focus on placing the right social work professional - in the right role - every time. The benefits of an RPO solutionOur outsourced recruitment solution can be delivered on or off-site. Your RPO Project Manager ensures your recruitment needs are always met by carefully co-ordinating activities to attract high-calibre candidates. This typically involves:Analysis of resourcing needs with a comprehensive workforce plan Marketing campaign, including employer brand consultation Talent engagement and strategic sourcing 360° candidate communications Compliance and risk managementPre-employment screening, including interviewsVendor and supply chain managementWe’ll review your talent acquisition pain points and identify a cost-effective solution that’ll break down barriers to recruitment. Ultimately, this gives you a more robust workforce plan.To find out more about our Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) service, contact us.

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Social Care Frameworks

Sanctuary Social Care is a specialist recruiter of social work professionals, boasting the largest social work resource in the UK. We are preferred suppliers to over 160 local authorities, Cafcass, major charities and many private sector employers across the UK. We are also an approved supplier on the main NHS frameworks. These include Crown Commercial Service (CCS), Collaborative Procurement Partnership (CPP) and HealthTrust Europe.  This means we can place healthcare professionals - including personal social services personnel - to NHS trusts across the UK.How are we different?Our consultants receive training from our in-house senior social workers. Therefore, they understand the complex and sensitive nature of social work and the role recruitment plays. Our strong client partnerships offer social workers unique job opportunities - both in locum and permanent positions - attracting the largest social work resource in the UK. This enables us to match high calibre practitioners, with the right skills, experience and attitude, to your individual needs. We also operate one of the most robust candidate screening processes in our industry to ensure we comply with the terms set out in the frameworks and preferred supplier agreements we adhere to.To start your recruitment journey with Sanctuary, contact us today!

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Locum Social Care Staffing

Sanctuary Social Care is much more than a recruitment service; we provide complete resourcing solutions to meet your exacting needs as a social work employer.Our specialist social care resourcing teams have created trusted relationships with clusters of locum social work professionals throughout every pocket of the UK. This means, wherever you are based, we can meet any and every locum resourcing demand you place on us, quickly and easily. With one in three social workers now registered with Sanctuary Social Care, we can manage larger scale projects, and swiftly relieve recruitment crises.With our market-leading compliance and safeguarding process, you can be assured that all staff provided have been thoroughly vetted for your peace of mind.Looking to recruit social work staff? Register a job with Sanctuary today!