Application Process

This is an online, competency-based application process.

Registering and creating an account

If you are not already registered, you will need to create an account at www.gatenbysanderson.com  by clicking the ‘Register’ button on the right. Complete the details on the registration form and choose a password. Please note that your username is the email address you have provided. Keep these safe as you will need your account details to access your application and receive messages from us securely.

Once you have set up an account, you can log in at any time using your email address and the password you have created.

We'll communicate with you throughout the process via notification messages in your account. We'll send you emails to alert you to a new message, but you will need to login to your account to access it. Occasionally, these messages can go into your spam folder, so please check this regularly. This is to protect your privacy.

Please make sure that you have downloaded and read the competency framework and role profile before considering an application. If you meet the role criteria and eligibility requirements, click on the blue ‘Apply Now’ button to continue.

1. Eligibility questions

You will be asked a series of eligibility questions, most of which require ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. If you do not meet the required eligibility, you will not be able to proceed with your application.

2. Competency Questions

You will be asked questions around the following which are designed to assess your suitability:

  • Leading the way – demonstrates clear decision making in line with departmental strategy.
  • Working as one team – encourages collaboration internally and externally.
  • Being a business - is focused on delivering business objectives.
  • Embracing change – leads change by communicating clearly and encourages discussion.
  • 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.
  • Respecting each other - works with others to build respect. 

When answering these questions, you should take into consideration the role you are applying for and ensure that your examples demonstrate relevance and transferability to these roles at Social Work England.

Please write no more than 300 words per answer.

3. Career summary

You will be asked to provide a brief summary of your career and experience. Please note we do not need a copy of your CV.

Please write no more than 300 words.

The final stage of the online application will ask you to complete some additional sections, including details of other commitments and conflicts of interest. Once complete, you will be asked to make a final submission of your application. Once submitted, you can't retrieve your application to make any further amendments. Please also allow yourself sufficient time to complete the process, particularly if you are unfamiliar with online recruitment processes. If that is the case, we strongly suggest that you complete and submit your application before the final date for submission. If you have any questions about the application process please email socialworkengland@gatenbysanderson.com

As there are a number of roles here, please check carefully that you are applying for the right position before you submit your application. If you apply for the wrong role, there is a risk that your application will be considered against the wrong field of applicants which could disadvantage you.

Your online application must be made by no later than 12 noon on Tuesday 21 May 2019 for the Education Quality Assurance Inspectors, Lay and Registrant and Registration Advisers roles and no later than 12 noon on Tuesday 28 May 2019 for the Lay Panel Chairs, Lay Adjudicators, Registration Adjudicators, Legal Advisers roles. Late applications will not be accepted.

You will also be asked to complete an Equal Opportunities monitoring form at this stage.

4. Interview

The next stage of the process is a competency-based interview for those candidates who submit the highest-scoring responses to the competency questions. This 45-minute interview will be held at Social Work England's Sheffield offices. Social Work England will conduct interviews for Education Quality Inspector Registration Advisers on 10, 13, 14, 15, 17 and 18 June.

Social Work England and GatenbySanderson will conduct interviews for the Lay Panel Chair, Registrant Adjudicator, Lay Adjudicator, and Legal Adviser roles w/c 24 June and w/c 1 July, w/c 8 July, and w/c 15 July.

We would ask that applicants provide their preferred two dates so that we can plan the interview schedules and allow for those who need flexibility for a weekend day to attend an interview. This information is to be provided in the 'About You' step that forms part of the application process.

Following the completion of interviews, successful candidates will be notified. This will be in late July for the Lay Panel Chairs, Lay Adjudicators, Registration Adjudicators and Legal Advisers roles.

Process timetables

Education Quality Assurance Inspectors, Lay and Registrant

Milestone
Date
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 21 May at noon
Shortlist meeting
w/c 27 May
Interviews and assessments (Conducted by Social Work England)
Interviews are being held on 10, 13, 14, 15, 17 and 18 June


Registration Advisers

Milestone
Date
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 21 May at 12 noon
Shortlist Meeting
w/c 20 May
Interviews and assessments (Conducted by Social Work England)
w/c 3 June


Lay Panel Chairs, Lay Adjudicators, Registration Adjudicators, Legal Advisers

Milestone
Date
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 28 May at 12 noon
Shortlist Meeting
w/c Monday 17 June
Interviews and assessments (Conducted by Social Work England)
w/c Monday 24 June, w/c Monday 1 July, w/c Monday 8 July, w/c Monday 15 July


Timings above are indicative and may be subject to change. Any changes will be clearly communicated via the website, or via email during the later stages of the process.

How we will handle your application

We'll deal with your application as quickly as possible.

Once you have submitted your application through the website, you will receive an email acknowledgement. If you do not receive this, please contact GatenbySanderson before the deadline for submission on socialworkengland@gatenbysanderson.com

Once all applications are complete, the assessment process will begin. We will begin by scoring the responses to the competency questions, with only the highest scoring applicants progressing to an interview with Social Work England. Please note that the career summary you have provided is for context only and will not be scored. All applications will be assessed and scored anonymously. Those assessing the applications will have no personal details about the applicants. Due to the anticipated volume of applications we are unable to offer individual feedback on your applications.

Your application will be assessed and scored based on the responses given against the requirements for the post. It is important that you respond to the questions in as much detail as possible within the word limit. Your response to each section should provide specific and detailed examples to demonstrate how you meet each criterion (including what you did to achieve a specific result). Each criterion will be marked out of five. You will be advised of the outcome of your application by e-mail.

The interview will assess your fit against the required competencies and role profile and will also explore broader context such as motivations and ability to meet the time commitment required, as well as any actual or perceived conflicts of interest.

Social Work England will conduct interviews for Education Quality Inspectors and Registration Advisers on 10, 13, 14, 15, 17 and 18 June.

Social Work England and GatenbySanderson will conduct interviews for Lay Panel Chairs, Registrant Adjudicators, Lay Adjudicators, and Legal Adviser roles on w/c Monday 24 June, w/c Monday 1 July, w/c Monday 8 July and w/c Monday 15 July.

You will be contacted directly by a member of the GatenbySanderson team to arrange this interview. The interview will assess your fit against the required competencies and will also explore broader context such as motivations and ability to meet the time commitment required, as well as any actual or perceived conflicts of interest. The interviews will take place at Social Work England's offices in Sheffield.

Reasonable adjustments will be made for candidates with disabilities who progress to the interview stage. If you have any specific queries and requests, please let GatenbySanderson know by emailing socialworkengland@gatenbysanderson.com

During the application and interview processes, we'll ask you to provide details of any information about yourself which could bring into question your eligibility or ability to perform the role, or which might damage the reputation of Social Work England if made public. We'll conduct checks on this information, and where checks reveal information that might affect your suitability for appointment, candidates will be given an opportunity to discuss the information before a course of action is decided upon.

Successful candidates will be required to attend training the exact dates will be confirmed nearer the time. You will be reimbursed for travel expenses to this training, and lunch will be provided.

Please note that for the Education Quality Assurance Inspector and Registration Adviser roles GatenbySanderson will be managing the appointments up until the interview stage and Social Work England will be managing them thereafter. Social Work England and GatenbySanderson will jointly manage the appointments of the Lay Panel Chairs, Registrant Adjudicators, Lay Adjudicators, and Legal Adviser roles. 

Monitoring information

We value equality and diversity and we are committed to ensuring our processes and procedures are fair, transparent and free from unlawful discrimination. We are fully committed to making the appointment process accessible at all stages for any applicants with a disability. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your individual requirements. To ensure we are treating candidates fairly, we monitor diversity at all stages of the appointments process. The application process includes an online equal opportunities monitoring form. 

Information provided will be treated as strictly confidential and held securely in line with data protection and other relevant legislation and will be used for monitoring purposes only. It will not be seen by anyone directly involved in the selection process and will not be treated as part of your application. No information will be published or used in any way which allows any individuals to be identified.

Dealing with your concerns

We are committed to processes and procedures that are fair, transparent and free from discrimination. Complaints about any aspect of the appointments process for the roles will be monitored, recorded and promptly handled. If you have a complaint, please contact socialworkengland@gatenbysanderson.com.

Written complaints will be acknowledged within five days and will state the time frame within which a response can be expected. Complaints should be made within three months of the closing date for applications. For reference, GatenbySanderson’s complaints policy is available here.