Step up to social work

Your chance to make a difference

Social work with children and families is a challenging but rewarding way to make a real difference in people's lives. You'll need to get alongside families from all sorts of backgrounds facing difficulties and have the skills and judgement to make the right decisions at the right time to protect children.

Social workers say knowing children you have helped are safe and thriving can be one of the biggest rewards in the job.

Step up

Step Up to Social Work is designed to train high-achieving graduates, or career changers who have experience of working with children and young people, to become qualified social workers.

It is an intensive, 14-month, full-time, employer-led training programme for trainee social workers. Students will work us, gaining hands-on practitioner experience in addition to academic learning, and will receive a bursary for the duration for the course.

We are supporting students on this exciting programme as part of the East Regional Partnership.

Do you have what it takes?

You're eligible if you have either:

  • a minimum 2:1 level 6 degree qualification
  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree plus a higher degree (level 7 or above)

You must also have:

  • GCSEs in English or English language and mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • experience of voluntary or paid work with children, young people or families
  • the right to remain and work in the UK
  • the emotional resilience to become an effective social worker

For more information and to complete an online application form, go to GOV.UK: Step Up to Social Work.

The next application round will take place in February 2019, and training will begin in January 2020 – you can register your interest now.