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Regional engagement lead x2

Job reference: 165

We're looking for 2 new regional engagement leads to join our engagement team. 

The roles

We have the following roles available:

  • One permanent, full time role
  • One permanent, part time role

Regional engagement leads are registered social workers. They work in geographical regions in England with a range of stakeholders, including:

• people with lived experience of social work
• social workers
• employers
• education and training providers.

Regional engagement leads raise awareness and ensure the consistent implementation of our standards.

The engagement team will enable us to become an organisation that is firmly rooted in the principles of co-production. This is in keeping with the values that underpin the social work profession and will facilitate a two-way information flow.

As an organisation, we need intelligence and data to make informed decisions about our regulatory activity, and the support and challenge from our sector in so doing. Engagement is central to our new regulatory approach.


The salary is £47,273 rising to £49,329 per annum after successful completion of a 6-month probationary period (with London weighting where appropriate).


This role is home-based and we're looking for people who could travel within the West Midlands, London and Yorkshire & The Humber. We welcome applicants outside of these areas as well due to the nature of online working.

What you will do

  • Lead on establishing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders in your area, ensuring the role of the regulator and our professional standards are communicated, understood and embedded.
  • Consolidate and translate the steer from our policy, strategy and communications teams to decide how best to meet our strategic aims through regional engagement.
  • Engage with people with lived experience of social work to raise awareness of the regulator and our professional standards. Ensure their views and experiences are incorporated proportionately and meaningfully, to drive forward improvement at Social Work England.
  • Work with education and training providers, in partnership with the education quality assurance officers, to implement new social work professional standards into programmes and engage with them in our strategic ambitions for social work training.
  • Engage with social work students to raise awareness of the regulator and our professional standards, preparing them for registration.
  • Lead on the preventative work of upstream regulation focusing on public protection through: consistent and regular engagement with current and future social workers around the role of the regulator; targeted engagement with social work employers; sharing relevant insights externally from our fitness to practise referrals.
  • Raise the profile and visibility of professional standards and the framework for under-taking continuous professional development (CPD) through engaging with the sector around the role of CPD in the profession and consulting on, and embedding our approach to renewal of registration and CPD
  • Lead on gathering evidenced based insight and intelligence to inform internal policy decisions and internal processes.
  • Provide expert, in-depth social work practice insight into all areas of our work, linking into registration, fitness to practise, education quality assurance, learning and development, communications and policy.
  • Work closely with other regional leads to identify themes and issues that need wider attention and/or action, so there is a comprehensive current and accurate picture of the social work landscape in England
  • Continue to work to raise aspirations for the social work profession across the region and in line with our corporate strategy and vision.
  • This job description is not an exhaustive list and flexibility will be expected in relation to this emerging role.

Your skills and knowledge

  • Currently registered social workers without restriction or adverse fitness to practise history.
  • Demonstrated success in leading and influencing within a social work setting at a senior level
  • Experience of working in complex, multi-stakeholder environments and influencing
    internal and external stakeholders and partners to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Experience of presenting to large groups in person and online; confident and engaging presenter
  • Experience of influencing change in organisational practices and processes; decides on relevant insight to improve the experience and efficiency of organisational functions.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills and the ability to develop professional credibility in the sector with senior leaders in local authorities and other employers, higher education institutions and people with lived experience of social work.
  • Ability to analyse data and research, understand trends, identify risks and articulate potential consequences and to decide on solutions in collaboration with other
    stakeholders, internally and externally.
  • Demonstrable ability to deliver programmes of work, using appropriate evidence, understanding external pressures, and in line with internal governance.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills, with the ability to articulate with credibility and conviction both orally and in writing.
  • A high degree of self-awareness and personal integrity, and the ability to respond positively to constructive challenge and change.
  • The ability to work on your own initiative and demonstrate flexibility in the application of the role.
  • Understanding of the principles of quality assurance in higher education or further education, or in a practice environment.
  • A proven role model for respectful, open and honest behaviour including a demonstrable commitment to equality and diversity in service delivery.


If you have any queries about the roles or the appointment process, please contact [email protected]

Online recruitment session

We will be holding an online recruitment session for this role on Wednesday 16 June, 10.30am to 11.30am. This will be a chance to:

  • meet some of the team
  • hear more about the role and our approach to equality diversity and inclusion
  • understand what we are looking for through the application process.

We will start with a presentation about Social Work England followed by time for questions and discussions in breakout rooms.

Please email [email protected] by Monday 14 June if you would like to attend. We will then send you a confirmation email.

How to apply

To apply, complete the application form by midday on 23 June 2021. Please also complete our equality and diversity monitoring form.


Interview dates: w/c 5 July 2021 (online)

At interview we will seek to further understand your skills, knowledge, experience and motivation and test the key competencies of the role. If you are successful, we will undertake routine security checks.

Find out more about our application and interview process.

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