Social work in Children and Young People's Services (CYP)

If you are looking to grow professionally and further your career in social work, we can offer supportive practice where you can make a real difference.

As a result of our most recent OFSTED inspection we are proud to say that our children’s social workers are ‘Outstanding’. We are proud to have created an environment where social workers can achieve the outcomes they came into the profession to do.

In Suffolk, we:

  • are one of the leading social work authorities in the UK, whose children’s services are rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted - 'Services for children are of an exceptionally high standard. They are child-focused and make a positive difference to children's lives.' (Ofsted, 2019)
  • have a well embedded practice framework to enable meaningful family focused help. ‘Signs of Safety’ enables us to do this respectfully and in collaboration with all the families, colleagues and organisations we are working with
  • support flexible working including job share, part time and mobile working
  • support career pathways for social workers wishing to progress and develop in front line practice as well as specific interests
  • will invest in you in return for your investment in our families and children.

All new social workers moving to Suffolk have access to a relocation package of up to £8,000 and a car leasing scheme.

Whilst working as a social worker within Suffolk’s fieldwork teams you will receive a retention payment of up to £4000, plus an extra 3 days annual leave.

You can view our current job vacancies and sign up to get email alerts when we advertise for qualified social workers on Suffolk Jobs Direct.

For speak with someone about social work roles in Suffolk, please email or call Steve Blaney, Social Care Service Manager on 07742 505342 or

Search social work jobs on Suffolk Jobs Direct


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Meet the social work teams in Children and Young People's Services

What do the teams in Children’s and Young People’s services in Suffolk look like?

Career path for children's services social workers

Learn more about career progression for social workers in Suffolk County Council.

Routes into Social Work

Whether you're already employed at Suffolk County Council or are looking to join us, find out more about the different pathways available to you in social work.

Contact the Children and Young People's Services

Contact CYP to find out more.

Newly qualified social worker (NQSW) support in Suffolk

We are proud of the programme of support that we provide to our newly qualified social workers in their first year of practice.

Signs of Safety (SOS) practice framework

Our children and young people's services adopted Signs of Safety as its practice framework in 2013.

Awards and nominations for children's services social workers

See the social work awards our council staff have won, been runner-up or shortlisted for.

Professional development for children's services social workers

Keeping up to date with continuing professional development and registration.