When joining a new organisation the team culture is an important factor in your decision. Read our people's stories and find your future in Norfolk.More
There are a wide variety of Social Work Teams across the beautiful county of Norfolk you could join.
- Children’s Advice and Duty Service (CADS)
- Family Assessment and Safeguarding (FAST)
- Looked After Children (LAC)
- Leaving Care (LC)
- Independent Statutory Services
- Adoption and Fostering
- Children With Disabilities (CWD)
- Kinship Care
Find out more about each of our teams:
Hi, I’m Julie Wiltshire, Head of Norfolk Children’s Advice and Duty Service (CADS), Norfolk’s Front Door for Children’s Services. I have worked for Norfolk County Council for 16 years, qualifying here in Norfolk. I have worked across Adult Social Services, Mental Health, Homeless, Dementia Care and Children’s Services and am proud to lead this new and innovative team.
We’ve transformed our Front Door arrangements to ensure the right pathway first time for our children and young people. With specialist training by Professor David Thorpe and his team using a coaching style, our social workers have the training and confidence to work even more closely with families.
The new approach has been a great success; in fact Professor David Thorpe, and team were very complimentary, commenting it was one of the most seamless implementations. I put this down to the excellent work of the CADS team.
We’re looking for more qualified social workers to be part of this innovative approach. If you have experience in domestic abuse, child exploitation and child protection, are a natural coach as well as being an expert Social Worker why not join us?
We’re based at County Hall in the historic city of Norwich.
If you are looking to move to Norfolk, you can find out more about what Norwich has to offer
Hi, I’m Sarah Adams, I joined Norfolk County Council in October as Head of Social Work for the Family Assessment and Safeguarding Teams in the North Norfolk locality.
I am really excited to be working with such a dedicated and experienced team to ensure the best outcome for Norfolk’s children and young people.
If you are an experienced social worker and looking to move to Norfolk, you can find out more about what North Norfolk has to offer.
Hi, I’m Leana Ebanks, Head of Social Work for the Family Assessment and Safeguarding Teams in the Great Yarmouth locality. Before becoming a qualified social worker I worked with children with behavioural needs in secondary schools.
I chose Norfolk as I had friends who had worked for Norfolk County Council. They were very positive about their experiences and I decided to apply. I haven’t looked back.
The FAST teams in the East are dynamic and love a challenge. We have a varied mix of newly qualified and experienced social workers with a range of experience and expertise.
Our main base is Havenbridge House, a well furbished accommodation based on the quay in Great Yarmouth beside the River Yare. We are co-located with YOT, Norfolk Early Help, Family Focus and colleagues from Children and Young People’s Health Service.
If you are an experienced social worker and looking to move to Norfolk, you can find out more about what East Norfolk has to offer.
Hi, I’m Matthew Reading, Head of Social Work for the West locality. I have worked in Children’s Services for twenty years, in London first and then in Eastern England.
I moved my family from London to Norfolk looking for a change in lifestyle for my three young children. The county is beautiful and the West Norfolk coastline, a few miles from my office is breath-taking. Property prices are comparatively cheap in this part of Norfolk, as are living costs generally. This means a really good quality of life is achievable.
Norfolk County Council is a warm and supportive place to work. There is a genuine interest in frontline practice at all levels of leadership. People know each other by name in my office and there is a good mix of new staff and longer-term practitioners. This makes a resilient and forward-looking team, and a creative approach to work with our local families. I look forward to going to work in the mornings – it’s a great place to be.
If you are an experienced social worker and looking to move to West Norfolk, you can find out more about our beautiful locality here.
Hi, I’m Kate Dexter, Head of Social Work for Family Assessment and Safeguarding Team in the Breckland locality. I have spent over half my career at Norfolk County Council as well as other counties across the country in all areas of Children’s Services.
Norfolk County Council is a special place to work, everyone works together to achieve the very best. I am proud of the team’s commitment to improving the outcomes for children.
The teams across Breckland are very friendly and the managers really support their teams to get the best out of them.
If you are an experienced social worker and looking to move to Norfolk, you can find out more about what Breckland has to offer
Hi, I’m Daniel Newbolt, Head of Social Work for the Family Assessment and Safeguarding Teams in the South locality. We have five teams and our main base is Long Stratton, 10 miles from the city of Norwich.
I qualified here in Norfolk and started my career at Norfolk County Council. Over the years I have worked in other counties, but always felt the draw back to Norfolk.
I was fortunate to join Norfolk County Council to lead the social work Family Assessment and Safeguarding Teams across the South locality. The teams are a mixture of experienced and newly qualified, they work together brilliantly and extremely supportive and focused.
If you are an experienced social worker and looking to move to Norfolk, you can find out more about what South Norfolk has to offer.
Hi, I’m Sally Sinclair, Head of Social Work for the Family Assessment and Safeguarding Teams in the Norwich locality. I have been part of the team at Norfolk County Council for a number of years and I am honoured to lead the experienced social work teams here in the beautiful city of Norwich.
The teams are very friendly and supportive and work together to ensure the best possible outcome for children, young people and their families.
If you are an experienced social worker and looking to move to Norfolk, you can find out more about what the city of Norwich has to offer.
Hi, I’m Tina Hayden-Jones, Head of Social Work for North Norfolk and Broadland Locality for the Leaving Care and Looked After Children teams. We’re based in Cromer on the North Norfolk coast and share our base with Early Help teams within North Norfolk District Council offices.
We offer a friendly and supportive environment and looking for experienced and dedicated social workers to join us.
If you are an experienced social worker and looking to move to Norfolk, you can find out more about what North Norfolk and Broadland has to offer.
Hi, I’m Becky Harris-Cook, I started working for Norfolk County Council as a social work assistant and then a family support worker in 2002, while completing my social work training part time.
I qualified in 2006 and moved to work within safeguarding as a social worker, senior social worker and practice consultant until 2017, upon which I became a Team Manager for Looked After Children. I was promoted to Head of Social Worker for LAC/LC last year and have thoroughly enjoyed my 17 years at Norfolk County Council.
My team are great, they are committed to supporting our Looked After Children to achieve the best outcomes they can by listening to what they have to say and following this through with thought, commitment and involvement.
Hi, I’m Jo Diggines, Head of Social Work for Looked After Children and Leaving Care Team’s in the West and Breckland localities. I qualified as a social worker 18 years ago having studied at the Anglia Ruskin University. My social work career has centred around children and families, firstly working within Cambridgeshire before joining Norfolk County Council in 2003.
I thoroughly enjoy working, and living in Norfolk and am proud of the path that Norfolk’s Children’s Services has been on. Throughout my career I have moved from social worker to assistant team manager, and then been privileged to manage my own team within assessment and safeguarding.
As Head of Social Work for Looked After Children and Leaving Care, I am excited by the journey ahead and the new initiatives that Norfolk is embarking on. I am lucky to work with such a dedicated team of people who share the same vision and values.