I arrived in the uk from Ireland December 2012. I had qualified as a social worker in 2011, however had no paid social work experience.
Each agency I approached informed me that local authorities do not generally like to employ newly qualified social workers as agency staff as agency staff members are expected to hit the ground running.

SW Locums took the time to go through my cv and take into consideration all the experience I did have, although unqualified. They suggested that while I wait for my HCPC to come through that I look at social work assistant positions. They explained that this would allow me to work within a local authority and build a relationship with them.

I found this suggestion very helpful and SW Locums sourced an interview for me in a triage, mash and assessment team. I worked as a masher (researcher) while I awaited my hcpc registration for approximately 6 weeks, until I was hcpc registered and was then employed by the same local authority as a social worker.
Working in a local authority as an unqualified worker gave me the opportunity to learn the policies and structures of the agency, as well as building relationships with the team. I gained huge experience which has since benefited me throughout my social work career.

When I decided it was time to leave that local authority to gain a wider variety of experience, SW Locums were there to support me to find the perfect job.
I have always found SW Locums to be very friendly and helpful, taking into consideration the work I want and the geographical area.
I have recommended this agency to many of my friends/colleagues and would continue to do so.

SA, Havering

Dear Sean & SW Locums team,
I just want to say thank you for being a great agency to work for. For dealing with my queries promptly & for sending me a lovely Christmas Hamper!!!!
I wish you all a very merry Christmas & a fantastic New Year!
Many thanks

Dear Sean,
I was absolutely blown away to come home to such a beautiful hamper!
Thank you so so much, Sean. You’re far to kind.
Never, in all the years that I’ve been temping (and you know from my CV that it’s been a lot) have I ever received anything that comes close to this. An Xmas card maybe, lol but nothing like this.

I am lost for words which is virtually impossible, my friend’s will back me up on that !
I really appreciate the gift and I am truly, truly touched.
SW Locums is such a unique agency and I’ve never felt more like an actual person than I have since joining yours.
Thanks for everything Sean.

I wish you a very Merry Xmas and an even Happier New Year
Warmest Regards,

SW Locums is a company which has a person centred approach to finding you a new post. In all the time, that I have been with them, I have had nothing but pure understanding and efficiency. When I need a letter written on my behalf, or anything done, it will be done with speed and great diligence. My overall experience has been excellent. The staff have an outstanding attitude towards making your contract manageable.