Our People

When joining a new organisation the team culture is an important factor in your decision.

We’ve created a ‘biog’ of our people and videos talking about their visions for Children’s Services, their journey and what it’s like to work here.

Read their stories and find your future in Norfolk.

Sara Tough – Executive Director of Children’s Services

“Welcome to social work in Norfolk – a county with big ambitions for our children and young people and big ambitions for our staff.

If you’re visiting our website, then you’ve made the first step in joining our team and I hope our fantastic package and the exciting work we’re doing in Norfolk will encourage you to apply for one of our vacancies.

Norfolk offers the perfect career and work/life balance with challenging but manageable workloads, a £2k welcome payment and up to £10k relocation package, flexible working, excellent holiday entitlement, and professional development as standard.

The cost of living is lower than nationally, average house prices are cheaper and Norfolk has so much to offer, with beautiful coastlines, the world famous Broads and the culture-rich city of Norwich.

If that’s not enough, we’re a council that is investing in Children’s Services and leading the way nationally in our programmes for newly qualified staff and our fostering to adopt service. Our adoption service is outstanding and our new “front-door” is being recognised for its work to get the right support for children and families first time.

Our new social work model wraps support and resources around every social worker to give them the time they need to build relationships with children and families – we’re reducing the administrative burden, giving you specialist skilled staff to work with families, increasing capacity to develop practice skills and providing the right technology to support you to do your job.

If that’s not enough we are also partnering with North Yorkshire to implement ‘no wrong door’ as part of the Department for Education’s Strengthening Families programme. Strategically and operationally we have strong partnerships and we’re working towards a children’s alliance to join up our work with the NHS. We’re also working on a number of other projects to create the best possible practice conditions to help and support children and families”.

It’s a great time to join us, so what are you waiting for? You can find all of our vacancies here

Phil Watson – Director of Children’s Social Care

“I’m Phil Watson, Director of Children’s Social Care for Norfolk County Council. I initially joined Norfolk in January 2018 as an interim. It became clear very quickly that this was a Local Authority and Children’s Service with huge potential and ambition for its children, young people and families. So much so, I applied for a permanent role and was lucky enough to be appointed to the senior leadership team.

We have ambitious plans to shape how we work with families, placing practitioners and relationship-based practice at the heart of what we do. Through Vital Signs we use Signs of Safety practice to work with whole family networks and across the whole system to support families to build on their strengths and to achieve the best possible outcomes.

We have already taken some big innovative steps, such as the introduction of our brand-new front door known as the Children’s Advice and Duty Service. Our new approach enables us to work alongside children, families and professionals from the start until they no longer need our support, using a conversational coaching approach.

If you’re an experienced children’s social worker and want to work together with us in shaping the future of Children’s Services in Norfolk, we want to hear from you”.