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Becoming a Qualified Social Worker can be one of the most rewarding things you can do. As a job and sector it comes with highly stressful and emotive situations, but you have the chance to affect real change for a family or vulnerable person. As business we work with Social Workers from a main grade level, Senior Social Worker/Practitioners, Assistant and Team Managers, all of the way up to Assistant Director and Director level. We are proud to offer a huge range of opportunities which range from locum and permanent jobs within Local Authorities, Charities, Independent Fostering Agencies and private businesses across the whole of the South East of England.

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As an agency, we provide roles across the entire Social Work sector. So, whether you want to work within Children and Families, Adults services, Fostering, Family Courts, EDT or MASH; Sheldon Phillips can help you find your dream role!

Becoming a Qualified Social Worker can be one of the most rewarding things you can do. As a job and sector it comes with highly stressful and emotive situations, but you have the chance to affect real change for a family or vulnerable person. As business we work with Social Workers from a main grade level, Senior Social Worker/Practitioners, Assistant and Team Managers, all of the way up to Assistant Director and Director level. We are proud to offer a huge range of opportunities which range from locum and permanent jobs within Local Authorities, Charities, Independent Fostering Agencies and private businesses across the whole of the South East of England.

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Social Work   Flexible Working Blog
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To be, or not to be…flexible

​To be, or not to be...flexibleTo say that the last 18 months have been difficult is probably the biggest faux pas since our very own Prime Minister quoted Kermit The Frog recently at a UN climate change conference. “It’s not easy being green” will now forever in my mind be linked to that awkward silence often attributed to a bad joke told by the best man at a wedding.The pandemic has changed the way that we work exponentially and in some ways for the better. For years as recruiters, we have tried to convince our clients to embrace technology and conduct video interviews to make processes more efficient and the fact we all had to lock down and limit contact with others has led to this monumental change. For Social Workers, this has opened up the opportunity to work from home, using video calls to attend meetings as and when needed; introducing a much more flexible lifestyle – something Social Workers have never been used to.As the UK vaccination program hit its peak and with far less impact on hospitalisations and deaths compared with 12 months ago, Local Authorities are now slowly starting to open up their doors again, bringing with it the question – stick or twist? Do they continue to be flexible and allow home working where possible, or do they bring everyone back into the office like its 2019 again?The answer is that most, if not all authorities are adopting a hybrid model, a rota style system to allow Social Workers to enjoy the best of both worlds, because lets face it, we are creatures of habit and we need social interaction. The jobs market is still as buoyant as ever and after a summer that has seen a huge jump in annual leave being taken, things are starting to settle and more candidates are deciding to make their moves before the darker nights settle in.​Are you happy with your new way of working? Speak to our experienced team to discuss your options and find the new role you deserve.

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Social Workers - Unsung Heroes

Social Workers - Unsung Heroes​In general, Social Workers get a bad reputation in the media, but in this day and age with Social Media being such a big influence in many people’s lives, there are countless ways that social workers and us as professionals working in the sector can sing the praises of what you do every single day. As a sector I think we need to get better at saying “I’ve done a great job here” for this young person or familyI’ve been working with social workers for nearly 12 years and I’ve lost count of the many stories of positive outcomes for children and families that have been shared with me when meeting professionals. I am in a privileged position to hear these stories but unfortunately the general public only hear the negative stories. They don’t see you in the office until late in the evening trying to complete those court reports or taking a child out for a bite to eat. They don’t understand or recognise the fact that as a Social Worker, you put your own life on hold sometimes to help those that need you most.In 2018, Channel 4 aired the drama series “Kiri” to mixed reviews. Of course, the negative reaction towards social work raised it’s ugly head yet again however there was a really lovely moment for “Miriam” (Sarah Lancaster) when she was faced with four young people who she had helped as younger children. They all had the same message: I am who I am today, because of you and we are so grateful for that. I think it would be brilliant to see more stories like this in Social Work publications and across Social Media in general.The COVID19 pandemic tested us as a nation. It tested our resolve, our freedoms and it tested and stretched our basic human instincts....to be close to others. However, as a sector, Social Workers, their managers, front line workers were all pushed to limits and boundaries we never thought possible. So from me personally and from our team, thank you for all of your hard work each and every day.

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testimonials

Hundreds of happy candidates achieve their success in Social Work

​I have been quite picky with my search and Rhys was able to find me something that I wanted. Other recruiters in my experience would try to expand the search but Rhys and the staff at Sheldon Phillips were respectful of what I wanted and were patient and understanding. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a new role!

Sharon
Social Worker

My consultant is Rhys and ​I have found all the staff at Sheldon Phillips to be really helpful at all times. They are personable and interested in getting me the right role and ensuring I continue to be happy in that role. If you want an agency that feels a bit like a family, or at the very least a group of really solid and nice people who are invested in your wellbeing and happiness, choose Sheldon Phillips.

Melissa
Social Worker

​"This has been my first experience of working via an agency such as Sheldon Phillips; needless to say I was somewhat apprehensive leaving a permanent social work position. However from my initial enquiry with Jamie to gaining successful employment with my very first interview has been a very smooth transition. Jamie has been excellent throughout the process, which was also aided by meeting him in person as opposed to conducting all of the required business via the Internet.So thanks Jamie and keep up the high standards you have set."

Robert
Social Worker

​"As a Newly qualified graduate, I initially struggled to find work in my chosen field. From the moment I signed up with Jamie at Sheldon Phillips, I have been very pleased with the dedication and care taken in matching me up with a suitable role. As a result of this, I have gained employment through Sheldon Phillips within a short space of time in a field I am really working happy to work in."

Sarah
Newly Qualified Social Worker

​"Dominic Joyce, without a doubt understands the needs of the service and goes to great lengths to ensure candidates are selected to the quality needed to deliver a good and outstanding Safeguarding service. In my experience Dominic works long hours and has gone above and beyond to ensure our children’s service is supported and the right candidates are sourced. Dominic is unique in that he understands the impact on vulnerable children of recruiting good quality frontline social workers and ensures they are supported and matched with the right employer. It is for this reason I am always delighted to receive...

Parmjit
Service Manager