Workforce Insights

Surrey County Council

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Career development


There are significant opportunities for career progression across all our teams within Surrey and managers are expected to promote and support career development for all workers.

The Surrey Children’s Services Academy provides learning opportunities and supports the development of an outstanding and resilient children’s workforce by creating a culture of continuous development.

Social workers who wish to become senior social workers will be invited at regular intervals to make an internal application and undergo the assessment process. The social worker applicant will need the support of their manager as well as a portfolio of evidence.

The role of advanced social worker is new for Surrey Children’s Services. These workers hold a significantly lower caseload of highly complex cases and also help team managers develop less experienced social workers. This enables social workers who do not wish to enter management to continue to progress their career.