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Application and interview process

Information about the application process and how we will assess your skills, knowledge, experience and motivation at an interview.

How to apply

Last updated: 7 May 2021

To apply for a vacancy, please follow the instructions on the vacancy page itself.

We will assess you against the evidence you provide in your application form. That evidence should address the criteria in the person specification and give examples of how you meet the requirements of the role. Please note it will not be possible to give feedback at sift stage.


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

  • Leading the way
  • Working as one team
  • Being a business
  • Focusing on people with lived experience of social work and social workers
  • Embracing change
  • Respecting each other

You can read more about our behaviours and values framework

If you are successful, we will undertake routine security checks. Please note, we do not cover the cost of travel to your interview/assessment unless otherwise stated.  

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We recognise the positive value of diversity and actively promote equality and inclusion. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.

We particularly welcome applications from people with a disability and people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds. This is because these individuals are currently underrepresented throughout Social Work England.

We're committed to the employment and development of disabled people. Candidates who have a disability can request a guaranteed interview.

You're disabled if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

Read more about the definition of disability in the Equality Act 2010.

We will interview anyone with a disability who has:

  • requested a guaranteed interview, and
  • met the minimum criteria at sift stage.

Read more about equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.


If you have any queries about the recruitment process, please contact [email protected].


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