Introducing the ‘Power of &’

Somerset County Council today unleashes the ‘Power of &’ with the launch of its drive to attract new social workers to the county.

The nationwide recruitment campaign will be showcasing what the county’s Children’s Services have to offer as they look to secure up to 100 new permanent social workers to help continue its improvement.

From a relocation package of up to £8,000 to excellent training and career development opportunities, the ‘Power of &’ campaign will be taking Somerset’s message to social workers and would-be social workers across the country through advertising, social media, dedicated websites and major recruitment events.

“We’re offering Children’s social workers the chance to be part of something really exciting,” said Councillor Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families. “We are making improvements, investing in the service and have an authority that is entirely committed to making our Children’s Services something we can be truly proud of.

“There is a lot of work to do, but by choosing to work in this field social workers have shown they are not put off by a challenge when the rewards are there at the end.

“Stability is the foundation of any successful service and Children’s Services in particular. That’s why we want permanent staff to join us in this great County and be part of something special.”

Earlier this year the Council invested £6million to help boost social work capacity for Somerset. An impressive benefits offer has been developed for Children’s social workers. It includes a relocation package of up to £8,000 and the chance to buy extra holidays to add to the generous allowance that all staff already receive. Children’s Social Care staff also benefit from bespoke training and development through the Council’s Social Work Academy.

In addition to this offer, the Council has a commitment to its social workers to reduce fieldwork caseloads down to an average of 14, which is fewer than many other local authorities. Team managers in Children’s Social Care will manage teams of no more than six staff. These commitments will allow staff to focus more time on delivering a higher level of service

Recruitment is part of the Council’s wider commitment to improving Children’s Services. With support from the Department for Education and Essex County Council, its work is focused on nine priorities which will help to ensure children and young people in Somerset get the care and support they deserve.

Anyone interested in a career with Somerset County Council’s Children’s Services can find out more by visiting www.socialcareandmore.co.uk

A second phase of the campaign will also seek to recruit staff for Adults Services and highways engineers for the Economic Community and Infrastructure Team.