Why Children’s Social Care?

Passionate about delivering high-quality social work? There are new opportunities at BCP Council in teams supporting young people.

Whether you are newly qualified, more experienced or are returning to work after a career break, there will be opportunities for you to join our teams serving Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole.

With excellent training, a competitive salary and great benefits, BCP Council offers an ideal place to start or progress your career in a brand new authority.

Social worker with family

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What you can expect

Full induction – structured approach with supported orientation, shadowing opportunities, classroom based training and mentoring.

Manageable and diverse caseloads – we will work with you to ensure there is a balanced approach to managing your caseload so that it is not about numbers

Continuing professional development – You will be encouraged to develop your skills through training and reflective practice. We work closely with Bournemouth University which has a well established post-qualifying programme of learning. This supports career development and dedicated CPD time is available.

Quality reflective supervision – Dedicated and regular 1:1 supervision with your professional line manager and annual appraisals. 

How we work

Children’s Social Care has four core service areas, each managed by a Service Manager. All our social work teams comprise of a Team Manager, Assistant Team Managers, social workers and support workers. Excellent partnership working is a feature of all our services with well-established professional relationships with partner agencies and other areas of children’s services. Our practice model is Signs of Safety and all staff are offered training and support to embed this into their work with children and their families.

Teams include:

  • The Multi -Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) which involves working alongside colleagues from health and the police, and our Early Help service. It ensures that children, young people and families are signposted or referred quickly to the right service to meet their needs.
  • Assessment Teams triage all cases to screen those as requiring statutory Children Act 1989 S.17 and S47 responses as children in need using the single assessment. The team also provides short term interventions where appropriate to ensure that the “window of opportunity” for change with families is not missed. The team has cases allocated once they have been assessed by the MASH.
  • Out of Hours Team  BCP Council has its own Children’s OOHS who operate in the evenings and at weekends to ensure that that children and families in crisis can continue to access support.
  • Children and Families First teams offer statutory social work service to help and support vulnerable children, young people and families who are experiencing difficulties that are complex or serious in nature and need planned assessment and interventions over a period of time at  Level 4 Children in Need, Child Protection or Permanency through legal intervention and court work.
  • Private Fostering undertake assessments of placements to ensure the safety of children and young people who stay in nonfamily arrangements for longer than 28 days such as host families for language schools, or other private arrangements.
  • Children in Care Team providing a service for children and young people in the care of the local authority up to 16-18 years of age. The team has specialist Health, Education, CAMHS and Psychologist support. 
  • Child Health and Disability team support all children with disabilities
  • Care Experienced Young People Teams provide a service for young people aged 16 to 25 years who are due to leave care or have previously been in care and include services for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. They are supported through individual Pathway plans to achieve their aspirations in education, training or employment.
  • Fostering and Supported Lodgings Team recruit, assess and train foster carers for BCP Council’s children in care. Once approved by the Fostering Panel foster carers are provided with ongoing support supervision and training to ensure that they are able to provide the highest standards of care.
  • The Family Assessment team and Contact service provide additional parenting support and specialist assessments for the social work teams and help to support contact between parents and children who are in the care of BCP.  
  •  Aspire Adoption regional adoption agency is hosted by BCP Council and work closely with relevant teams across the whole of Dorset to provide a full range of adoption services for children, prospective adopters and all those affected by adoption, as well as Special Guardianship. 
  • Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service, hosted by BCP Council, are a multi-disciplinary team who work directly with young people who have committed criminal offences to help them make positive changes and to reduce the risks to them and to other people.  They also offer the chance to take part in restorative justice processes to help repair the harm they have experienced.

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