Children's social work

Establish your roots in Herefordshire and become a children's social worker

Chris Baird, Director for Children's WellbeingKeeping children and young people safe and giving them a great start in life is one of the council's main priorities. The important work our social workers do on a daily basis not only helps us to achieve this, but also makes a real and invaluable difference for our children and families.

I am delighted that you are considering a social work career with the council's children's wellbeing directorate. Herefordshire is a fabulous place to live and work and as a council we're continuing to improve and are well placed to face future challenges and opportunities to ensure the county's children and young people continue to be protected and given the best start possible.

We're proud of our recent positive achievements with ever tighter budgets, including our radical approach to school improvement, which has seen our education outcomes significantly improve and we're heavily investing in our safeguarding services to enable us, and our partners, to make a positive impact on children's outcomes by enabling families and communities to bring children up well.

You'll be joining an incredibly hard-working professional team. We truly believe in our values of honesty, responsibility, reliability and bravery and encourage staff to develop strong internal and external networks, so as to deliver good quality support if and when our children and families need it. More than anything, we believe in working with our families and communities so they can improve outcomes and experiences themselves.

Chris Baird
Director for children’s wellbeing

Our children's wellbeing directorate

The children's wellbeing directorate combines safeguarding, family support, education, skills and commissioning.

We have a range of children's social work teams that work together with colleagues and partner organisations in the voluntary, public and private sector to improve the outcomes for our children, young people and families, especially those which are most vulnerable and in need of additional support.

Our teams work with children and young people who:

  • Live at home or with a carer
  • Have a disability
  • Are unable to live with their parents and are generally placed with foster carers or approved family carers
  • Are leaving care

We also work with people in education at all levels and in all settings across Herefordshire to improve educational attainment and develop the skills needed to grow the economy and prosperity of the county.

We greatly value the development of our social workers throughout their careers and have a dedicated group of experienced professionals to guide and support them as part of our social work academy. We also offer a comprehensive and structured programme of continuous professional development that includes both mandatory and optional elements. Your development is led by you through regular one to ones, which will help you reflect on social work practice and ensure you are working to keep children and young people safe and giving them the best start in life.

Living in Herefordshire

Herefordshire is a beautiful, historic county located in the heart of the Marches on the border with Wales. We are one of the most rural and sparsely populated counties in England with a wealth of unspoilt countryside, distinctive heritage and lively and attractive market towns.

We're also within easy commuting distance of a number of nearby cities, including Birmingham, Cardiff, Gloucester and Worcester and have great train and road links.

In Herefordshire, we have:

  • A population of 189,300
  • 49 percent of children aged up to 16 living in rural areas
  • 38,100 children and young people under 19 years old
  • 4,500 children with special educational needs
  • 306 looked after children
  • 156 children with child protection plans

(All figures correct as of 30 September 2017)

Find out more in our children's social work booklet

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