Regional Engagement Leads (Eastern and London regions)

About the role

Our regional engagement leads are central to our commitment to collaboration. Our leads are registered and practising social workers working in localities with a range of stakeholders, including employers, people with lived experience of social work, social workers, and education and training providers.

Our first tranche of regional leads is already in place and we now need to fill our two remaining vacancies in London and Eastern region.  This would be a fantastic opportunity for someone on secondment to add to their leadership portfolio as you will be at the heart of embedding our newly approved standards and driving forward our engagement across regions. Alternatively, these roles are available on a fixed term contract.

Our work is exciting and challenging therefore, you will need to be resilient and organised, with excellent people skills.

This is a secondment or fixed term role to 21 July 2021.

What will you do?

  • Build and manage relationships with key stakeholders in localities.
  • Raise the profile and visibility of professional standards and the framework for undertaking continuous professional development.
  • Work with employers, social workers and others to embed new social work professional standards into practice.
  • Build strong relationships with regional stakeholders including all education and training providers.
  • Support education and training providers to implement new social work professional standards into programmes.
  • Support education and training providers to make changes to programmes that reflect the new education and training standards and guidance.
  • Work with existing regional groups for people with lived experience of social work to raise awareness of the regulator and social work standards, and ensure their views and experience are incorporated into all aspects of the engagement role.
  • Share evidence-based practice examples of training programmes across localities with the aim of improving consistency and quality across education and training
  • Drive consistency in social work training and development, across priority theme areas such as placement
  • Build a model of upstream regulation with a strong emphasis on public protection, evidence-led learning and information sharing, consistent and regular engagement with current and future social workers.
  • Share analysis in trends in concerns coming to fitness to practise, particularly in relation to those standards which are not being met and the issues causing concern for the sector.
  • Provide evidenced based insight and intelligence to inform internal policy
  • Work closely with other regional leads to build a comprehensive picture of social work challenges and opportunities.
  • Continue to work to raise aspirations for the social work profession across the region and in line with our corporate strategy and vision.


What are we looking for?

  1. A registered social worker without restriction or adverse fitness to practise history.
  2. Demonstrated success in leading and influencing within a social work setting at a senior level, for example principal social worker.
  3. Experience of working in complex, multi-stakeholder environments and in influencing stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes.
  4. A strong team player that enjoys working collaboratively to deliver results.
  5. Experience of leading and embedding cultural and organisational change.
  6. The ability to develop credibility with senior leaders in local authorities and other employers, education and training providers and people with lived experience of social work.
  7. Ability to analyse data and research, understand trends, identify risks and to develop solutions in collaboration with others.
  8. Demonstrable ability to deliver programmes of work, using appropriate evidence, understanding external pressures, and in line with internal governance.
  9. A high degree of self-awareness and personal integrity, and the ability to respond positively to constructive challenge and change.
  10. The ability to work on one’s own initiative and demonstrate flexibility in the application of the role.
  11. Understanding of the principles of quality assurance in higher education or further education, or in a practice environment.
  12. A proven role model for respectful, open and honest behaviour including a demonstrable commitment to equality and diversity in service delivery.

How to apply

To apply, please email the application form and equality monitoring form by 5pm on Wednesday 21 August 2019 to

Selection process

We will assess you against the evidence you provide in your application form. That evidence should address the criteria in the ‘what we are looking for’ section and give examples of how you meet the requirements of the role. Please note it will not be possible to give feedback at this stage.


Interviews will take place in Sheffield on:
Monday 2 September 2019
Friday 6 September 2019
Monday 9 September 2019

Interviews will seek to further understand your skills, knowledge, experience and motivation and test the key competencies of the role:

  1. Leading the way – demonstrates clear managing of directorate and colleagues.
  2. Working as one team – encourages collaboration internally and externally.
  3. Embracing change – leads change by communicating clearly and encourages discussion.
  4. Focusing on people, including those with lived experience of social work and registrants – puts people at the heart of social work and knowledgeably collaborates with them.

If you are successful, we will undertake routine security checks.


If you have any queries about the role or the appointment process, please contact 

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Whilst you will be predominantly working in your locality, the role will involve travel to our office in Sheffield for meetings and training. UK

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Working pattern

37 hours a week. This is two year secondment or fixed-term role.

Closing date

21/08/2019 5:00 pm

Annual leave

25 days a year leave rising each year to a maximum of 30 + 8 bank holidays

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