Make a life-changing step with Somerset Children’s Services

Somerset County Council is calling on experienced Social Workers to join its team with its new campaign that boldly asks: “We’re up for the challenge. Are you?”

The campaign is seeking to recruit social workers from across the country who have experience working with children and families and would be interested in making a life-changing step by joining the Somerset Children’s Services Team, a dedicated workforce who help protect the most vulnerable children and young people in the County.

An exciting time of transformation and improvement is under way within Somerset Children’s Services, with children at the forefront of all change so that they can live safer, happier and healthier lives.

There are tremendous training opportunities in place for all staff who work with children and families. Courses are available through Somerset’s unique Children and Families Social Work Academy. They are delivered both internally through the Council’s online Learning Centre and in partnership with Universities such as Bristol and Bournemouth, which is the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work.

Every practitioner will have full access to Research in Practice and their own Community Care Inform Licence to ensure they are fully supported through their work and can keep up to date with developments in children’s social care.

Supportive supervision and manageable but interesting caseloads are also on offer. New staff will also be working in a lovely part of the world that boasts beautiful green countryside, spectacular seaside and market towns, pretty villages, and easy access to the rest of the South West.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “We are fully aware of the challenges that face our Children’s Services, and indeed Children’s Services across the country, and we want to make it clear that we are up to the challenge of improving and changing for the benefit of all children in Somerset. We are planning ahead and have new leadership in place to help ensure that we provide the best possible care and support for all children and young people in Somerset.

“We can continue to improve only by working with the best possible people and in return we offer fantastic training and career development opportunities, a competitive salary, a commitment to provide regular, supportive supervision, and our staff can expect diverse caseloads. I would encourage anyone who feels they have the relevant experience to apply. We’re up for the challenge. Are you?”

There are a number of vacancies for Consultant Social Workers and Team Managers across the County, with positions in Taunton, Bridgwater and Yeovil.

More information can be found on a special recruitment website http://carewithus.somerset.gov.uk/ where interested people can learn more about Somerset’s offer and apply for the jobs.