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We're on a mission to provide outstanding support and care to children and families across Salford, and we need passionate individuals like you to join our team.

We are recruiting to social work roles across our teams from newly qualified social workers to team managers – and we want to hear from you! We would also welcome applicants who are looking to relocate to the area.

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Fancy a chat?

Our friendly teams could talk your socks off when it comes to all things Social Work. We appreciate you may want to have a look around our offices, meet some staff and your potential teams and shadow our work– we’re happy to arrange this. We'd love to hear from you and find out more about what you're looking for so if you'd like to talk to us please just drop a quick message to and we'll get a call arranged. We look forward to hearing from you!

Watch this short video to hear from our employees about working in Salford, and get a taste for the characters you might work with in our blooper reel:

Melissa and Sayma

In Salford, we are proud of our journey and the support that we give to our children, young people, families, carers and our practitioners. We want our children, young people and families to live happy and safe lives and reach their full potential. Our practice is rooted in the Family Partnership model, where we work alongside families who develop their own meaningful plans alongside our practitioners and multi-agency partners.

Our recent Ofsted inspection in November 2023 recognised our journey with an overall grading as ‘good’ with Outstanding features in our After Care service and Leadership. We’re proud that our offer to our children, families and our practitioners is strong across all areas which included our training, support, use of tools and resources and most importantly the impact we have with those we work with. If you want to find out more visit:

Social worker Jake, looking to across, smiling
Social worker Charlotte, looking across, smiling

We are looking for social workers that want to spend their time building relationships with families and have a desire to develop their careers. We focus on teams having manageable workloads and our senior managers and leaders are visible and take the time to listen and engage with frontline employees.

We have a strong culture of giving staff the time, freedom and support to explore new and better ways of working so we’re looking for individuals keen to use their creativity to deliver high quality outcomes.

Our social workers tell us there is strong learning culture; we invest in training which is varied and responsive to practice challenges and there is a progression pathway that offers a range of opportunities which recognises that not everyone wants to progress into management. We are currently developing a mentorship programme for all those who want to progress in their careers and we are invested in what social workers need to keep learning.

At a glance:

  • Up to 34 days holiday a year (plus bank holidays)
  • Competitive salary following pay and grading review in 2023
  • Free parking
  • Hybrid working giving flexibility for you to manage your diary and offer a better work/life balance
  • Recently refurbished office space with free parking on site. The majority of our teams are sat together
  • Rich in resources to help you with any child or family you work with
  • Robust training offer and mentoring scheme
  • A comprehensive Wellbeing Offer
  • You will be supported to develop in your role and look at other opportunities we are focused on your career and aspirations
  • Regular, quality, reflective supervision from a consistent management and leadership team

Our offer to you


Your wellbeing is important to us. Over the last years we’re proud on what we offer to our practitioners. Highlights for last year included our ‘Wellbeing and Appreciation week’ which included:

  • Free massages
  • Free one to one coaching sessions
  • Free Art Therapy
  • Training on trauma and wellbeing
  • Cakes, fruits and brews!

Due to its success, over the next year we are having monthly themes which range from a celebration month with parties and food to a yoga and peace month.

Training and Development:

Our recent Ofsted report in January 2024, reflected that ‘training for workers is described by practitioners as a ‘massive strength’. We offer a wide and varied range of training across all levels of our social work practice. 

Each year we have a training calendar that involves a range of training courses relevant to all social workers. In addition to this there is training relevant to each level of experience to develop your skills. There are also regular learning lunches on useful topics and briefings about new services and processes. We also have Good Practice Month which is focused practical training workshops to help you think, reflect and improve practice. 

We also have various opportunities if you would like to become a Practice Educator and offer support, training and a regular supply of keen students or apprentices which will earn you up to £1,000 each placement! 

In Salford we are committed to training and developing our practitioners in a range of ways from apprenticeships, corporate training and more specific courses. However, we are also piloting a Mentoring Scheme and looking to develop a coaching offer for our social workers and there are always various development opportunities throughout the Service.  The Workforce Learning and Development team are always there to help, offer mentoring and learning opportunities. 


The majority of our advanced social workers and managers in Salford have progressed from earlier stages in their career in Salford with us. We want you to grow and develop alongside us. We provide a clear and supportive pathway for career progression, allowing social workers to advance quickly with holistic support, guidance, and effective management.

Our structured progression takes social workers from the ASYE level starting at £33,945 moving into Level 2 where you could earn up to £39,186, into Level 3 up to £43,421 and up to £50,512 for Advanced Social Workers.

Hear from our social workers:

We wanted to know why our workforce stay with us. In January 2024, 63 of our social workers told us what its like to work in Childrens Services in Salford.

Our respondents were asked: ‘What things make you feel motivated to stay in Salford to do social work?’. The highest proportion of respondents told us:

“I like my manager or team”, “I am happy with my role and job” and “I like the learning opportunities”

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