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Expected to earn

£31,099 – £39,493 on a full-time basis

Depending on the role, you may be required to work or be on call during the evenings, weekends, and bank holidays. However, there are opportunities to work Monday to Friday. Find out more information about being a Social Worker in Devon.

Skills and values

There are a range of skills and values that are needed to work as a social worker. These include:

  • Excellent communication, observational and listening skills
  • Good verbal, digital, written and numeracy skills
  • Empathy and communicate confidently approach difficult conversations
  • Great organisation skills to develop personalised care and support plans
  • Resilient, patient and calm under pressure

Entry requirements

To work as a social worker, you will need to have a degree in social work and be registered to practice with Social Work England.  Experiences like working in social care, volunteering or work experience will support your university application.

If you have an undergraduate degree in a different subject you can complete a two year masters in social work. You can apply for a fast track training route such as Frontline, Think Ahead or Step Up to Social Work.

Explore the Devon County Council social worker opportunities.

What roles can I do to gain experience?

  • Social Care Assessor
  • Social Prescriber
  • Manager

Opportunities to develop

In your first year as a social worker you can be offered an Assessed and Supported Year in Employment. This will provide you with extra support for example regular supervision, training and development.

Once you have completed your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment, your employer can support you with a training pathway to help you progress in your career. There are further opportunities to get a Masters Degree, progress into senior social work roles, specialist social work roles such as a senior mental health practitioner or safeguarding.

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