The place to work
Could you play a part in delivering an outstanding service that improves the lives of the children in our community? If so, BCP Children's Services is looking for you.
To transform and improve our services we are looking for committed and resilient social care professionals who will be fully supported to become the best practitioner that they can whilst developing a meaningful career. We are looking for colleagues to join us who think big, enjoy a challenge and can bring fresh ideas to our services in order to help enhance the lives of our local children in childhood and beyond.
We want the best possible outcomes for children and young people across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Our children’s services teams aim to create the right environment for social work to flourish and for our children and young people to achieve their goals and ambitions.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) is the UK’s newest city region and it’s brimming with prospects, positivity and pride. We are the tenth-largest urban local authority in England and our communities are vibrant and diverse, with an outstanding quality of life, where everyone plays an active role. We are a globally recognised coastline of opportunity, where people love to live, learn, work, explore, invent and relax.
With over 15 miles of our beautiful, world renowned coastline, we have been awarded 21 Blue Flag or seaside awards.
The area has excellent transport links with 658 miles of roads. We have excellent rail and road connections nationally and to London and international flights from Bournemouth Airport.
We employ more than 5,000 people and provides services to around 400,000 residents from Hamworthy in the west to Highcliffe in the east. It has the twelfth largest resident population of any council in England. This scale means a higher percentage of our budget can be spent on frontline services.
We have a diverse population covering a broad range of ages, with a more ageing population in the east and a younger demographic in the west. There is a large Polish and Jewish community, and a variety of faith groups. Bournemouth is host to a large language school community. There is an established LGBT community, and the area hosts Bourne Free, an annual festival to celebrate diversity.
We’re bold, confident and proud about our organisation, our area and our future.
By working for us you can play a part in delivering the essential public services that improve lives and protect the most vulnerable in our community.
Starting or developing your career in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are will mean that you can help shape our ambitious priorities and make changes happen that will improve lives and protect the most vulnerable in our society.
Nearly 50% of our employees in social care jobs work flexibly and in a recent survey 83% of our employees felt that their manager was considerate of their home life.
Full induction and regular training
We offer a structured approach with supported orientation, shadowing opportunities as well as 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, group supervision and reflective practice workshops. We work closely with Bournemouth University within our Teaching Partnership which has a well-established post-qualifying programme of learning that we support our practitioners to take advantage of. This supports career development and dedicated CPD time is available.
Quality reflective supervision
Dedicated and regular 1:1 supervision with your professional line manager; group supervision and annual appraisals.
Pay and Reward
We offer an attractive enhanced salary supplement for Children's Services social work staff pending the outcome of the BCP Council pay and reward review.
We have open communication between senior leadership and front line practitioners through our Progress Forum. We value our workforce and discuss and problem solve together.
Our Employee Assistance Programme
An Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a confidential employee benefit available to all BCP Council colleagues designed to help you deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting your home life or work life, health and general wellbeing. Our EAP service, provided in partnership with Health Assured and offers a complete support network with expert advice and compassionate guidance 24/7, covering a wide range of issues.
You can find out more about the benefits of working for us.