Great places to work
Great places to work
All of our Councils and Trusts across the West Midlands are great places to work. You will not only have the opportunity for development but you will have the opportunity to share your story and influence change to make a real difference to people’s lives.
Rewards & Benefits
All 14 organisations provide generous leave entitlement – ranging from 23 days to 30+ depending on length of service and paid bank holidays. You will have access to the Local Government Pension Scheme and many provide other financial benefits like salary sacrifice schemes and cycle to work.
All are committed to the health and wellbeing of employees and offer a range of benefits to support you. These include health check-ups, online wellbeing classes and flexible working.
Children are at the heart of everything we do
Children’s needs and those of their families are central to our best practice but there is always more to do and every single one of the organisations below is fully committed to doing all they can to improve the lives of vulnerable children.
Birmingham Children's Trust
Birmingham Children’s Trust, formed in April 2018 are a dedicated team with a single unwavering focus, to improve the outcomes for our 10,000 children, young people and families
We are supported by our Children’s Trust Board led by Andrew Christie as Chair and Andy Couldrick as Chief Executive. We have a strong team of non-executive directors who work alongside us: Brian Carr, Bal Dhanoa, Professor Jon Glasby, Ruth Harker, Colin Horwath, Liz Stafford, and Jonathan Tew.
We have a diverse and vibrant community of social work and support service professionals who are outcomes focussed and operate with a strong team ethos.
Our services include:
- Children’s Advice and Support Service (CASS)
- Emergency duty teams
- Early help
- Family support
- Youth Offending
- Children in care
- Care leavers
- Adoption and fostering
We have a unique offer to all social work levels:
- ASYE nationally recognised programme – with high level of entries per year and excellent 2 year pathway to develop their core social work skills in the career pathway.
- Innovative Social Work Step-Up Programme placements offered consistently in partnership working with West Midlands course.
- Our pioneering Social Work Academy offers a learning programme appropriate to your role.
- KSS module based programme to prepare staff for the National Accreditation Assessment System (NAAS).
- Access to Research in Practice and Community Care Inform.
- Our Practice Hub is dedicated to supporting staff in their learning and development.
City of Wolverhampton Council
There’s never been a better time to join the award-winning City of Wolverhampton Council to further your career in children’s social work. We are a progressive and future facing organisation and committed to investing in our practitioners to support them to become the best that they can in order to deliver an outstanding service.
We value the professional development of our Social Workers.
There are lots of reasons why you should choose Wolverhampton as a place to develop and further your social care career.
- Ofsted ‘GOOD’ rated for Children’s Services
- Supportive ASYE programme
- Positive learning culture and commitment to continual professional development
- Awarded ‘Equality Excellence’
There are a range of development opportunities available, from a fully supported ASYE programme, Specialist CPD courses, a Career Pathway for Social Workers and apprenticeship opportunities.
We look at your individual needs and provide opportunities to help you grow both personally and professionally, centred around the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and the Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS).
We work closely with our learning partners and commission tailored delivery to provide the latest learning opportunities to enhance your career development.
City of Stoke-on-Trent Council
Stoke-on-Trent is a city on the up. We’ve been confirmed as the best area in the country for economic growth, one of the most cultural places to live and we’re one of the greenest cities in the country with acres of green open space and parks.
We have a fantastic team of dedicated council members and officers who are passionate, ambitious and excited about shaping a positive future for children.
Following our inadequate Ofsted judgment in 2019 for Children’s Services, we’re making improvements – working hard to listen to, engage with and learn from children, their families, our partners and our employees.
We have published our Room to Grow Strategy 2020-2024 to ensure that families receive the right support, at the right time. It is for the whole city to work together on behalf of our children, young people and their families. That is how we will create a city where our children thrive, when it’s the most important priority for all of us.
This strategy is the product of our city, a partnership – public, private and voluntary sector. It sets out key priorities for the coming years what we will measure to know we are making progress and describes how we will work to deliver real change.
To secure these outcomes and create a positive shift towards these measures, we will focus collectively on 10 key priorities. Covering early years, child protection, education, social work practice, improving health and care leavers, the priorities will also look to promote the interests of children, young people, and their families in all of our policies and programmes, maximising every available opportunity across sectors. We also recognise the importance of effective commissioning, through a collaborative model, to secure the right mix of universal and targeted services.
Our work will be across all stages of development, including transition to adulthood.
Coventry City Council
Coventry are working hard to build something special. Children and families are at the heart of everything we do, and we believe they deserve the best outcomes.
The service reflects and responds to the changing needs of children and their families by utilising a reflective and flexible approach with a strong Early Help offer and a real focus on Relationship Based Practice and Signs of Safety.
Children’s Services is proud of its achievements to date. The skills and professionalism you will bring to this service are vital to our continued improvement journey. We will provide you with an environment where social work can flourish, with high support, high challenge and manageable caseloads. Children’s Services is proud of its workforce, who are committed, dedicated, and work to make a difference.
In Coventry we know it is absolutely crucial for our social workers to have continuous professional development – so we have developed the Coventry Social Work Academy.
Coventry’s Social Work Academy is an award-winning initiative that offers children and family social work practitioners a pathway through their career with Coventry Children’s Services, by creating an environment which supports stability and continuing professional development.
Coventry is the UK City of Culture for 2021 and the host of Commonwealth Games 2022, placing the city firmly in the international spotlight. Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK.
Coventry Children’s Services has launched a number of initiatives and projects including:
Signs Of Safety – an enquiring (questioning) approach that focuses intervention and keeping the family together. As a Signs of Safety local authority social workers are already working to a strength based and restorative framework
Family Valued Programme – The Coventry approach encourages workers to establish a relationship-based method to working with children and families. Coventry is on a journey to good or better and is committed to achieving this. Working with and alongside Leeds Local Authority will enhance the pace of change and further improve outcomes for children in Coventry.
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Dudley is a vibrant community at the heart of the Black Country and our workforce reflects the community we work within. The face of Dudley is changing, with a £1 billion regeneration programme set to transform the town centre. It is a predominantly urban local authority located in the West Midlands conurbation and is made up of four main townships: Dudley, Brierley Hill, Stourbridge and Halesowen, with excellent regional and national transport networks. Our vision is that Dudley borough is a place where children and young people thrive, we look after our workforce and our workforce look after our children.
Dudley’s Children’s Services is working towards the ‘good’ or ‘Outstanding’ outcome. We are investing in a highly skilled workforce reflected in our learning and development offer provided by Our innovative and forward thinking Ofsted-recognised Centre for Professional Practice. Currently our services are provided through four service areas: Family Solutions; Assessment Support & Protection; Children in Care and Placement services; and Safeguarding & Review.
We have a new permanent senior leadership team, to drive Dudley’s Improvement Plan. The plan is providing a focus for areas of improvement, with children at the centre. The lived experience of children and their voice and influence will be a golden thread across all priorities within the plan.
Our fundamental focus is always to be forward thinking. Dudley care for and actively support our staff in striving to change children and families lives for the better. We believe in working together using relationship-based practice. Our practice framework is Restorative Practice.
Join our journey and work in a beautiful place!
As one of the most rural counties in England, Herefordshire has a dispersed population with over half of people living outside of Hereford City or a market town. We are a unitary authority providing a wide range of services to 192,000 people living in the county, of which around 35,900 are aged under 18.
People who come here consistently comment on the warm welcome they receive and the real appetite and commitment to improving our practice and supporting each other in doing so. Our staff tell us how they value the small teams they work in and the knowledge and experience of our team managers and heads of service.
We work closely with our partners to maximise the potential of our children and young people and give them the best start in life.
Herefordshire has a Children and Young People’s Partnership with members including Herefordshire Council, Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG, West Mercia Police and other agencies that work with children, young people and their families.
We have built on the recommendations from our last Ofsted inspection in 2018 and have since been recognised for the work we are doing with those children with high needs. We have invested to increase the range of early help available and are working with partners to improve preventative and early intervention service.
We’re doing more than ever to develop our staff, including though our Social Work Academy, and to offer them a great working experience. We have rolled out the OTTER app to all our staff that reduces the amount of time they spend writing up notes from visits. In 2020 we adopted the Signs of Safety® practice model, as we continue to seek to improve the quality and consistency of practice.
Sandwell Children's Trust
Formed in April 2018, Sandwell Children’s Trust delivers children’s social care and targeted services to support children, young people and families in Sandwell.
We believe the voice of the child should be at the centre of all we do.
We support our social workers to undertake creative methods of intervention to ensure the voice of the child is at the centre of service development. Vulnerable children and families have a voice and their views will impact on how the service is shaped.
We offer the following range of social care services:
- Statutory assessments and care planning
- Services for looked-after children
- Fostering and adoption
- Services for young people leaving care
- Children With Disability Criteria
Our staff are supported by an accountable and a professional management team. They are encouraged to work creatively, within the statutory framework.
We offer highly skilled, competent social workers who are equipped with the skills they need to develop their professional practice. We support, grow and develop our staff, and ensure they are involved in the development of services.
There are lots of great reasons to work with us in Sandwell Children’s Trust. From a generous rewards package to a culture of learning and development. Our 12 reasons to work for Sandwell Children’s Trust sets us apart as the place to grow your career and feel part of a great team. Please visit our 12 reasons
Everywhere you look in Sandwell you will see new ideas. Whether it’s our comprehensive Practice Framework or the inspirational work that takes place with our youth offending teams, there really is something in the air at Sandwell that encourages fresh thinking.
Shropshire – A fantastic place to live and work.
Shropshire Councils Children’s Social Care Services deliver a range of services from our Compass – multi agency front door, assessment services, review services to all children in need, child protection, looked after children and care leavers.
Ensuring that the care that we offer to our looked after children through the provision of foster placements, adoption placements and residential care is of good quality, meets statutory and regulatory requirements and improves outcomes for children.
We are very proud of the services that we provide to Children in Shropshire, which OFSTED gave a ‘Good’ rating in October 2017.
We are committed to ensuring that social workers have both the tools and conditions to work effectively and in partnership with children’s and their families.
We are committed to developing excellent practice for the children and families we work with, by being creative and innovative. We have embarked on several new projects over the last year. We are committed to Restorative Practice as our Model for working with children and families. The focus being building, maintaining, sustaining and repairing relationships.
We have embarked on a new project to embed participation throughout our work with children, through the commission of the Mind of My Own App.
Stepping Stones is currently developing, this will offer a holistic approach to provide wrap-around individualised support for children and young people with the most complex needs.
Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire County Council is a forward-thinking authority that really puts its people first. It’s our people that make Staffordshire a great place to work and we have a clear focus on supporting our people and teams to be able to deliver the very best service for our communities.
The well-being of our people is key to our success so we make sure our teams have:
- The tools and equipment they need to be able to deliver
- The space and support to develop their skills and progress
- The flexibility to achieve a work life balance through different and smart ways of working
Right in the heart of the Midlands, Staffordshire is a beautiful place to live and work. With 850,000 people we’re the 8th largest county in England by population. We have a mixture of bustling towns and rural areas and although we are seen to be a relatively prosperous area, we do have pockets of extreme deprivation where families really need our support.
Most of our families enjoy happy, healthy lives here, but there are some who cannot thrive in the way they want to and that’s where our social work teams come in.
In Staffordshire our aim is to give children and families a network of support to help them manage their own needs and stay safe and well. In practice this means we have a community-based approach to early help, underpinned by a safety net of professional social work practitioners whose support is reserved for those families who need it. We’ve also been embedding a restorative practice model over the past year or so which we find extremely effective.
We’re rated ‘Good’ by OFSTED and our track record of success has supported bids to the Department for Education seeing us secure £5.3 million of funding and allowing us to be continually innovative in our approach.
We also have many professional development opportunities including our more recently launched ‘Aspiring Managers’ programme designed to develop our people into the leaders of the future.
Telford & Wrekin Council
‘Children and young people in Telford are cared for and cared about’ (Ofsted 2020)
Telford and Wrekin are one of only two local authorities to make the leap from an Ofsted grading of ‘Requires Improvement’ in 2016 to one of ‘Outstanding’ in 2020.
We value our workforce as our most precious resource as reflected within our low levels of vacancy rates and staff turnover. We are committed to the use of relationship based interventions with ‘making a difference’ as our core value. Our approach offers a diverse and rich experience and in keeping with this, there are opportunities to enhance and support the experiences of working with children and families across the borough.
- There are round 44,300 people aged 0-19 in the borough, and around 55,800 in the 0-24 age bracket.
- The Borough has a higher proportion of people under 20 (25.2%) compared to the England average of 23.7%.
- The number of young people aged 0-24 is set to increase to around 62,100 by 2031 – an extra 3,700 0-15 year olds and an extra 2,100 16-24 year olds.
- At the time of the 2011 Census, a total of 5,362 households in Telford and Wrekin were lone parents with dependent children, just under a quarter (24.4%) of all dependent children households within the borough. 43.5% of lone parent households were not in employment, compared to the national average of 40.5%.
Our systemic practice model is family-focused and well embedded, enabling a strength and relationship-based culture of practice that is benefiting children and families.
We are joining the DfE’s Strengthening Families, Protecting Children Programme and the Family Safeguarding Model, which is going live in June 2021. The programme is predicated on multi-disciplinary specialist teams by building on the skills mix of our current Children’s Social Work teams and adding specialist adult practitioners.
We are also proud to be implementing The ‘Mockingbird Family Model’, which brings foster families together in groups, centred on one experienced foster carer who lives nearby to act as a mentor to develop a community around the child.
Warwickshire County Council
At Warwickshire County Council (WCC) we work with families restoratively, building strong relationships and connections to help families find long-lasting solutions. Our work with children and families contributes to our wider council aim – to make Warwickshire the best it can be for everyone. It’s a big responsibility that can be challenging at times, but this is what drives our staff to succeed, develop and achieve. If you’re someone who is prepared to get stuck in, who like us, wants to do the best job possible, who approaches everything with passion and purpose, then we want you to work with us.
Throughout 2020 we continued to look to the future: Covid hasn’t stopped us. It has helped us shape and develop a focus on wellbeing and ensuring our technology, supportive leadership and supervision offer is the backbone to our offer to our workforce. WCC invested in technology in 2020 including fully supported use of Surface Pros and MS365, which has enabled our workforce to seamlessly transition to community and homeworking. We have a whole council commitment to flexible working and employee wellbeing. We are taking proactive steps to reduce caseloads, including substantial additional capacity to support teams with Covid pressures.
We are engaged in a £21m change and investment programme with funding from the Council and Department for Education to strengthen relationship and evidenced based practice. This includes Family Valued (Family Group Conferences, enhanced support for special guardians and a Caring Dads Programme), Family Safeguarding (embedding mental health and domestic abuse services in the children’s teams) and an Academy. All underpinned by restorative and trauma informed practice. WCC engages with innovation, currently trialling ‘kit bags’ for the What Works Centre. We have commissioned an equalities review from EQUIP in response to challenges raised by Black Lives Matter.
Worcestershire Children First
At Worcestershire Children First our vision is for Worcestershire to be a wonderful place for all children and young people to grow up. We are responsible for the delivery of services to children and young people as a not for profit company, owned by Worcestershire County Council. These services include children’s social care, education, early help and fostering.
We work with our partners across the county with an unwavering focus to ensure children, young people and families receive the best possible service, in our mission to support them to be happy, healthy and safe. Integral to this are our values:
- Children at our heart
- Value family life
- Good education for all
- Protection from harm
Worcestershire has 167,113 children and young people aged 0-25. The county is a mix of rural and urban areas with pockets of deprivation where health outcomes are worse than in other areas. Worcestershire Children First provides services to all children and young people but has a specific focus on those who are vulnerable. Current information shows we have:
715 Children in Need (1 in 166 children)
523 Children on a Child Protection Plan (1 in 227 children)
837 Looked After Children (1 in 142 children)
295 Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training (1 in 42, 16-17-year olds)
21 Children Looked After who are Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers (1 in 5,660 children)
4,185 Children on Education Health and Care Plans (1 in 40 children)
11,349 Children with a Special Educational Need or Disability (1 in 8 school age children)
36 Children registered as Missing Education for the academic year 2018/19 (1 in 2,457)
Worcestershire Children First promotes new practices and transformational projects that deliver our statutory duties in an innovative way. Our workforce is our most valuable asset in successfully delivering services that make a positive difference for our families. We strive to be the ‘employer of choice’ for children’s services staff and we approach this through a culture that values the impact that our staff have in improving children’s lives.
We have high expectations and have created the conditions where professional expertise is valued and can flourish. Some of our initiatives are listed below:
- Get safe
- Positive Outcomes Project
- Supporting Families First
- Worcestershire Safeguarding Families Project