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Surrey launches drive to recruit more children’s social workers

Social workers are being offered incentive payments of up to £15,000 as part of the county council’s efforts to attract more to work in Surrey.

New recruits to Surrey’s children’s services will receive £7,000 spread over the first four years of working for the council.

On top of a £2,000 starter payment, they will get £2,500 on each of their third and fourth anniversaries.

Social workers moving to the county for a permanent role are also entitled to up to £8,000 towards the costs of relocation, meaning they could qualify for as much as £15,000 in total.

The recruitment drive is part of a £2 million investment to attract and retain more social workers to ensure that children in need in Surrey are given the best possible support.

The campaign is particularly targeting experienced social workers considering the next step in their career. More information about Surrey’s training and rewards package can be found on the council’s website.

Clare Curran, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families Wellbeing, said: “We’re investing in our pay and reward package for experienced children’s social workers despite the financial pressures we are under because young people who need our help deserve the best possible support.

“Surrey is a great place to live, work and put down roots and not only would new social workers benefit from competitive pay, they may also be eligible for a package of up to £15,000 over four years while also being nurtured and supported to develop their careers to the fullest potential for the benefit of children and young people across the county.”

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