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Designated Social Worker – HMP YOI Cookham Wood – Permanent

Designated Social Worker – HMP YOI Cookham Wood Salary: Up to £47,067 per annum


  • A basic salary of £34,898 – £38,055 (Social Worker) or £38,056 – £41,567 (Experienced Social Worker).
  • An annual market allowance of £5,000 (Social Worker) or £5,500 (Experienced Social Worker) per annum. Payable in monthly payments.
  • A retention payment of £2,000 (Social Worker) or £3,000 (Experienced Social Worker). This is a fixed sum payable in April each year, following one years’ service in Medway.
  • Generous annual leave entitlement of between 27 – 30 days plus bank holidays
  • Excellent local government pension scheme
  • Essential Car user allowance with option to apply for a lease car after six months.
  • Free car parking
  • Relocation package of up to £8,000

Are you an experienced safeguarding social worker who thrives in a fast pace, incredibly challenging, yet rewarding work environment?

Are you passionate about the lived experience of children in custody, do you think you can make a difference ? If so, this might be the role for you ….

We are currently recruiting an experienced social worker to join the Designated Social Work team at HMP YOI Cookham Wood.

You will be based at HMP YOI Cookham Wood, Youth Offending Institute in Rochester, Kent.  The Prison is an HMPS establishment and has capacity for 188 children.  The population of children are male, aged 15-18 years. Children are placed on remand or serving custodial sentences.

Children’s social workers selected for this post will have specialist professional knowledge and experience in safeguarding, child protection and children in care. Along with a commitment to advocate for children in custody and to support those tasked with caring for children in a secure setting understand their needs.


Mozz Radwan

Designated Social Worker – HMP YOI Cookham Wood – Permanent

Job details
Sector: Social work
Location: Gillingham
Salary: £47,067 - £47,067 pa
Type: Permanent