Brought to you by BCP Council


Frequently Asked Questions

We will be updating our FAQs going forward.

If you have a question that isn't answered below, please contact us. 

How can I become a social worker in BCP?

We offer a range of opportunities to undertake a social work qualification; the first is the Social Work Degree Apprenticeship. We are currently supporting twelve Practitioners in our service to complete their social work qualification via an Apprenticeship. We will continue to recruit to our SW Apprenticeship annually.

We also offer the Step Up to Social Work Programme which is a fast track social work programme for graduates. We have been the Lead Authority for the Step Up programme for four previous successful cohorts and have just completed our recruitment for our next Step Up programme commencing January 2024.

For students currently studying at university on a social work degree,  we offer our well established Assessed and Supported Year in Employment for newly qualified social workers looking for a post in statutory children's services.

How does Children’s Services at BCP Council work?

Child Centred practice is the way we work round here……that’s our bottom line. We are passionate about relationship based practice here. We believe that authentic relationship based practice creates better outcomes for children, young people and families.

 Good communication skills should be the foundation of our practice and a factor that strongly influences positive and meaningful engagement with the people we work with is empathy. Empathic practitioners create less resistance and offer more solutions. That doesn’t mean that practitioners should not be crystal clear about concerns and risks with families but it does mean you hold those difficult conversations with respect, courtesy and compassion, while holding the child or young person’s wellbeing in the forefront of your mind at all times.

We need to build effective and committed safety networks around our families in need of support. Relationship based practice, and motivational interviewing techniques are key ingredients to our practice here.