Explore adult social care roles

There are lots of different careers available when working in Adult Social Care, see below to name just a few:

  • care assistants
  • domestic assistants
  • community care workers
  • support workers

The type of career you are interested in, the people you want to support, and the location will all impact which service you could work in.

These include:

Day opportunities

The day opportunities service helps people who have difficulty learning and/or autism and/or other health needs. Our team support people to learn new skills to do more things on their own.

elderly woman sat on an armchair drinking from a cup and saucer

Residential care home

Residential care provides accommodation, meals, leisure activities, personal care and emotional support, 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
Residential placements are for adults in Wakefield who can't live on their own at home because of physical or learning disabilities.
Residential care homes cater for people with different needs:
  • older people over 65
  • people with dementia
  • older people with physical disabilities or learning disabilities

Extra care developments

Extra care living is where people live in self-contained apartments which are available to rent. They are designed to allow people (usually over the age of 50), who have an assessed need for care and support (including those living with dementia). This is so they can remain independent in their own home for as long as possible.

They are designed to be fully accessible and dementia friendly. They usually provide a 24-hour, seven days per week on-site team to meet care and support needs.

Reablement services

Reablement is a short and intensive service, usually delivered in an individual’s own home. It is offered to people with disabilities and those who are recovering from an illness or injury.

The reablement service aims to work with individuals to:

  • encourage and motivate them to rebuild confidence
  • support the development of daily living skills
  • promote and retain as much independence as possible

Supported living service

The supported living service provides support for people with learning disabilities and/or autism and complex needs in the Wakefield district, living within their own homes. Providing individualised care and support ranging from a few hours to 24-hour daily support.

Our support workers help people with disabilities live independently in their own homes. They help with tasks like shopping, paying bills, and going to community activities like dancing, swimming, and sports matches.

We’re recruiting across the Wakefield district now. To find out the next steps to take and how to apply, visit the Next steps page.


Adult social work

Adult Social workers are in great demand. You can choose to work anywhere, so why would you choose to be a permanent staff member at Wakefield? Financially it pays to stay in Wakefield…

What to expect in Wakefield?

  • manageable caseloads with monthly supervisions
  • small teams with permanent managers who care and invest in their staff
  • excellent wellbeing offers to support you when you need it
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities
  • a dedicated Workforce Development Team to support your CPD
  • flexible working arrangements
  • leaders who listen to you and aim to work together to improve outcomes for vulnerable adults

How it adds up

A role isn’t just about pay and at Wakefield Council, we’re the whole package. But even then, our pay is comparable, if not more favourable than other local authorities in Yorkshire.

ASYE/Social Worker, Grade 8 - £33,024 - £35,745

If this position is your first paid employment as a social worker since qualifying (unless you are a Wakefield Council employee who has received funding to achieve your social work degree), you are entitled to claim a one of £1000 payment.

This will support you with any resources you need to buy to support you to complete the ASYE Programme. 

Wakefield Adult Social Care has a plan to help social workers grow in their jobs called the Social Work Career Framework.

This helps Social Workers who finish the ASYE Programme to move up to become Experienced Social Workers (Grade 9 - £34,723 - £37,261) and more.

If you have already completed the ASYE Programme with your current employer, evidence must be given at recruitment.

After two years of completing the ASYE Programme, if you have shown that you are working at the level of an Experienced Social Worker (G9) as defined by the PCF, you can ask your manager to consider you for progression.

Senior Social Worker, Grade 10 - £38,296 - £41,496

Advanced Practitioner, Grade 11 - £42,503 - £45,495

Team Manager, Grade 12  - £46,549 - £49,590

Does this seem like the type of place you want to work?

We’re looking for only the very best social workers. Those with the skills, motivation, and passion to help us progress as we journey to be great. So be amongst the 93.5% of our social workers who would recommend Wakefield and join our team.

We’re recruiting across the Wakefield district now. To find out the next steps to take and how to apply, visit the page here.

The Community Team Learning Disability service provides specialist health care, advice and treatment to adults with a learning disability through locally based multidisciplinary teams.

This also includes advice and support for families / carers. In this role, you'd support other health and social care agencies to provide mainstream services to people with learning disabilities. You'll become part of a team that strives to improve both the physical and mental health of people with learning disabilities.

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