SSAFA – Advanced Social Work Practitioner


£31,992 per annum 

37.5 hours per week 

RAF High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

SSAFA’s Personal Support & Social Work Service has a vacancy for a full-time Advanced Social Work Practitioner, at RAF High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. Our service provides a professional, confidential and comprehensive range of non-statutory social work and welfare support services to the RAF Community within the UK. In 2020 we marked 30 years of serving the RAF as the PS & SWS.


SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885. Last year our teams of volunteers and employees helped more than 85,000 people in need, from Second World War veterans to young men and women who have served in more recent conflicts, and their families. SSAFA understands that behind every uniform is a person. We are here for that person – any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need us.

SSAFA is an employer that values the diversity of its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Our colleagues come from varied backgrounds but we all have one thing in common – the desire to make a difference. What’s it like to work for SSAFA?  Watch our video to find out.

The Personal Support & Social Work Service comprises of 60 qualified and un-qualified social workers and administration support.  We have a presence at RAF stations across the UK.

About the role

This is a great opportunity for an experienced and self-motivated experienced Social Worker to join our team and contribute to further development of the service. This role is located at RAF High Wycombe, part of the friendly and supportive South Region. We are a hard-working team, dispersed across the South of England.  Although we all have our own area of responsibility, we support each other in delivering the best possible service to the RAF community.

You will have the opportunity to build on and develop your existing skills. You will work closely with RAF Station Commanding Officers and their Community Support staff, as well as Local Authorities, Health and other civilian agencies in relation to providing direct welfare support to all RAF personnel and their dependents. This may include, but is not limited to, one to one support; advocacy; initial assessments and support plans; signposting and referrals to outside agencies.

The role is an office-based isolated case worker post with the additional responsibility of providing advice and support to colleagues in the wider region. The hours of work are from 8.30am to 5.00pm.

About you

To carry out this role successfully you will have a Diploma in Social Work (or equivalent) and be registered with Social Work England or equivalent. You will also have demonstrable post-qualification experience of working within a statutory Adult and/or Children and Families setting and be skilled in completing thorough assessments to achieve successful outcomes. The ability to illustrate evidence of post qualification training/development is also essential, as well as good communication, organisational and IT skills. Once current restrictions are lifted, you must be prepared to travel regularly within the local region in the course of your work so a full driving licence is essential. 

No agencies please. Any unsolicited submissions from agencies will be accepted as a direct application from the candidate and no fees will be payable.

For further information  

If you have any queries or would like to speak to someone about this role, please contact Amy Suttling Social Work Team Lead on 07500 916693 or Social Work Regional Manager, Joanne Harper on 07901 839405 for an informal discussion.

To see the full job description and apply, visit SSAFA’s website

Closing date: Midnight on 17 January 2021

Interviews: To be held at RAF High Wycombe on Tuesday 26 January 2021. If you are invited to attend an interview you will be required to deliver a presentation and undertake a case study as part of the selection process

SSAFA is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to using the Disclosure & Barring Service.


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