We’ll work with you.
Together, we’ll improve lives
With us, you’ll have all the support you need to help Staffordshire’s children and families thrive. Together, we can improve lives and make a positive difference to our community.
In Staffordshire, we have over 870,000 residents – and this number continues to grow. Across the county there’s considerable economic diversity, including pockets of rural isolation and extreme deprivation. In fact, there are approximately 13,500 residents living in areas that are in the top 10% of the most deprived areas nationally. So we’re investing millions into children’s social care and innovating our working practices to ensure a whole-family approach to prevention and early help.
Continual investment and innovation
We’re proud that Staffordshire’s children’s services were rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2019 and we remain ambitious. We’re working hard to do, and be, even better. We’ve invested over £9 million to increase the size of our social work teams and develop our new whole-family approach to prevention and early help. We’ve also freed-up more time for our social workers to change the lives of our most vulnerable families.
More than this, we’ve invested in a Family Group Conference service to offer support to children and families at the earliest possible point. And our Intensive Prevention Service and Breathing Space Teams continue to support children in creative and innovative ways.
Our Children and Families System Transformation plan is creating one system that places children and their families at the heart of all we do. Where support is required, access is local and accessible – and it really makes a difference. Our system uses intelligence, data and learning to inform our commissioning and service development. And, as an organisation, we ensure that we take the time to reflect, learn and continually improve.
We’re helping to build family and community resilience and reduce the number of children who need a Child Protection Plan or become Children in Need. Research shows that positive outcomes for children who need statutory intervention are less favourable than for their peers. We can transform their lives by helping them be part of strong, resilient families and communities. What’s more, when we meet the needs of families at the earliest point possible, we prevent the need for a costly intervention later.
Empowerment and prevention
Our aim is to help families stay together safely, wherever we can. We want all the children and families we help to be as independent as possible. It’s our job to empower them. Providing innovative, community-based solutions across the county is a key part of this. In fact, it’s one of the County Council’s key priorities: to ensure that there’s a network of support to help people manage their own problems and stay safe and well.
By working with our partners in Staffordshire’s Family Strategic Partnerships and building new relationships between families and the organisations that support them, we’re reducing gaps in the service provision and helping families do more for themselves every day. While our safety net of professional social work practitioners are there for those families who need it.
Our promise to you
When you join us, you won’t just be working for us. We’ll be working with you. We’ll give you the support you need to do your job, achieve the best outcomes and transform lives. And we’ll help you to grow and develop, every step of the way. Whether it’s through the latest technology, a creative new practice, or a better work-life balance, we’re committed to encouraging the very best results for you too.
We have opportunities across all types of children’s social work from Family Time Workers and Family Practitioners to Social Workers and Senior Practitioners.
These are the roles you can expect to see on offer within Children Services and their related grades:
Grade 3 – 5 roles £18,887 up to £21,269
Business Support Administrator
Business Support Assistant
Business Support Officer – Statutory Services
Business Support Officer – PA to social worker
Grade 5 – 7 roles £20,043 up to £27,514
Family Time Workers
Family Time Supervisor
Grade 9 roles £32,798 – £37,568:
Social Worker – Assessment & Staying Together
Social Worker – Children in Care and Care Leavers
Social Worker – Children with Disabilities
Social Worker – Fostering
Duty Hub Social Worker
Grade 10 roles £38,553 – £42,614:
Consultant Social Worker
Family Practitioner Lead
So how can I apply?
Specifically here are links to some of our current Children’s vacancies:
We know you’ll want to continually develop in your role and potentially progress your career and that why we have created a great training and development opportunities ensuring your individual growth here at Staffordshire.
Plus, there’s also all these other benefits too:
- Generous holiday entitlement from 24 up to 33 days (plus 8 bank holidays and 2 extra statutory days) depending on job role and length of service. That’s a minimum of 34 days annual leave.
- Essential car user allowance £963 per annum
- The option to buy up to an additional 2 weeks annual leave per year
- A range of flexible working options, depending on your job role, which includes agile working, flexible retirement
- Family Friendly Policies – maternity, adoption, paternity and parental leave
- An excellent local government pension scheme
- Access to our new benefits platform Vivup which offers a whole host of lifestyle savings, discounts and offers from travel, to restaurants, supermarkets, online shopping and much more!
- Volunteering Scheme
- Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring
- Access to health and wellbeing support (including Occupational Health, Physiotherapy and Counselling Services)
- Eye care vouchers
- Car lease scheme / cycle & car loan scheme / employee car share scheme
- Bus and rail travel discounts
- New benefits platform offering all sorts of high street and retailer discounts