Recruiting Social Carers At Community Care Live London

Somerset County Council promoted the benefits of joining their Social Work team to hundreds of potential recruits during the UKs largest free Social Work event, which concluded this week.

The County needs more Social Workers and Team Managers to join its quality teams and Community Care Live London provided a perfect forum to meet potential recruits.

Boasting over 50 exhibitors dedicated to supporting Social Workers in their role and attracting well over 2,500 visitors, the event was a great place to showcase Somerset, the vacancies available, the great supervision and support applicants receive as well as competitive salaries.

And, for the first time, Somerset County Council joined forces with Visit Somerset and Mindfulness UK to exhibit together and jointly promote Somerset as a great place to live, visit and work.

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Councillor Frances Nicholson said: “We are proud to have teamed up with Visit Somerset and Mindfulness UK at this year’s Community Care Live event to promote the beautiful contrasts of our county. Few counties have historic towns and villages, beaches, world renowned caves, stretches of beautiful coastline, unique Levels, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and a National Park and, of course, good travel links.

“As well as Somerset being a great place to live, we at the County Council also have so much to offer our staff including strong, mindful supervision, a shared agenda, time to reflect, a strong team ethic, generous relocation allocation, career progression and manageable caseloads.”

John Turner, Visit Somerset’s CEO, said: “This is the first time that Visit Somerset has been used in an effort to attract child services staff into the region and is part of a multi-agency approach being taken to raise the profile on the beauty of the region, helping attract and focus the needs of high quality child and social care recruitment into the county of Somerset. Visit Somerset is delighted to be playing its part and is well equipped to support the marketing of the county’s major natural assets.”

Our staff make real changes in children’s lives and need the best support, leadership and resources the County Council can provide.

Somerset County Council is committed to ensuring a strong, supportive workforce is in place to give Somerset’s 110,000 children and young people the best possible outcomes in life.  More detail on its vision, improvement programmes and actions can be found in the Children and Young People Plan at

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Notes to Editors

  • Community Care Live took place at The Business Design Centre, London, on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 September.
  • The Council’s Children and Young People plan sets out that children in Somerset should be safe, healthy, happy, ambitious for their future and develop skills for life.

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