Newly Qualified Social Worker - Children's Services

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: £32,934 per annum, rising to £34,011 after six months
Location: Broadside, Leviathan Way, Chatham Maritime, Chatham ME4 4LL
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 07/04/2024 at 23:59
Reference: CSW/24/066/EG

Newly Qualified Social Worker

Chatham, Kent

£32,934 per annum, rising to £34,011 after six months. 
Upon successful completion of the ASYE programme your salary will increase to £36,643 per annum plus other benefits.

Are you ready for the next step in your career?

Medway Council are recruiting Newly Qualified Social Workers to join Children’s Services in October for our 2024/25 Assessed and Supported Year of Employment (ASYE) programme.

Medway offers a unique ASYE programme above and beyond the basic requirements set out by the DfE.  Our offer includes:

  • dedicated monthly workshops to support and enhance your learning in subjects relevant to your day-to-day work.
  • dedicated ASYE Practice Development Lead to support you throughout your ASYE and beyond.
  • protected caseload which will grow gradually in terms of numbers and complexity over the year
  • 2 days per month for learning and development throughout the ASYE
  • group supervision alongside other NQSW’s to help you learn from each other’s experiences and training
  • community Care inform subscription
  • access to our comprehensive learning and development programme
  • a culture of staff care and learning
  • Pay progression during your first year and a £2,000 payment upon successful completion of the ASYE programme

Following successful completion of the ASYE programme you will have the opportunity to progress to the role of Social Worker where you will continue to have access to training, support and coaching to help you develop further.

In return for your commitment, we are proud to offer an excellent benefits package including - 

  • Essential User Allowance with option to transfer to Lease Car after completion of your ASYE year
  • Excellent local government pension scheme
  • Free car parking
  • Access to ICT equipment and mobile phone, to support hybrid model of flexible working
  • Access to a confidential information, advice and counselling service

Eligibility Criteria

  • You will have completed your Social Work qualification no more than 2 years prior to the starting date and not have completed an ASYE programme previously.
  • A valid UK driving licence is required together with car insurance for business use, as you will need to travel to different locations to undertake the duties of the role.
  • Social Work England registered (or eligible once qualified) and ready to commence your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) in October 2024.

Next Steps

If you would like an informal discussion about the role please phone Gemma Winspear – ASYE Practice Development Lead on 07885 983583 or email

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to attend an assessment centre, consisting of a group exercise and written assessment.   Candidates who are successful in the assessment centre will progress to a final interview.

Additional information

This role will be subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 7th April 2024

Shortlisting will be undertaken on 8th April 2024

Short listed candidates will be invited to participate in an assessment centre consisting of the following –

Written Exercise                10th April 2024 (am)

Group Exercise                   Week of 15th April

Formal Interviews               Week of 22nd April


Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

How to apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS


If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.


All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

Further information on this vacancy

This vacancy is now closed