We know our services for vulnerable children can be better, so we're making big changes. Our aim is to provide the best possible care, and great conditions for the staff providing it.View all jobs in Children's Services
Message from David Haley - Corporate Director Children's Services
Children's Services is at the heart of our council-wide transformation programme.
Working in Swindon
Becoming a social worker in Swindon can provide you with benefits you won’t find elsewhere. At the heart of it all is our desire to promote and cultivate a strong learning culture combined with outstanding leadership and supervision. Here is what you can expect to find when you arrive:
Early help and community health practitioners co-located with our social workers, providing great working relationships
Fantastic relationships with partner agencies such as the police and Swindon CCG
Teams located within communities, providing a closer connection to the people we work with
Like all other local authorities we are experiencing an increase in demand. As an organisation we know our Children’s Services have not been good enough in recent years which is why last year we started making big changes across the service to provide the best care for children and great conditions for our staff. This started with us recruiting an entirely new leadership team of experienced, forward thinking managers who are driving changes in the service and we aim to be one of the best Children’s Services in the country. Some of the further improvements include:
Multi-million pound investment into Children’s Services at a time when authorities all over the country are cutting budgets
Significant restructure creating smaller social worker teams with better supervision
New intuitive IT system to cut down on desk time and make mobile working the norm
A separate 'Children Looked After' team to make sure we provide the best service for children in care
High standards for management practice, support and supervision for staff
Listening to our social workers by holding regular social work forums
Our new offer to you
We recognise that getting the best outcomes for our Children means getting the best from you and we have listened to what our Social Workers most value.
As a result, we are delighted to launch our revised offer, to include:
- £3000 “golden hello” payment after 1 years’ service
- Retention payments of £2000 after completing 2 years’ service and a further £2000 after 3 years’ service
- Relocation allowance of up to £8,000 (eligibility criteria)
- Competitive salaries
- Free car parking at our central Swindon campus
- A career average revalued earnings (CARE) pension scheme
- 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays) rising to 30 days after 10 years’ service
- Leisure and Legal Services discounts
- Eating Out, Shopping and Entertainment discounts
- Flexible working
*Note that the above payments will only be applicable to Social Work roles in core service teams at the following levels: Newly Qualfied, Qualifed, Experienced, Consultant, Senior Practitioner, Assistant Team Manager, Independent Reviewing Officer and Team Manager.
Our commitment to your development
Swindon Borough Council provides fantastic support and progression for any social worker from newly qualified to experienced.
We are dedicated to ensuring that you can progress your continued professional development and access training and learning opportunities linked to the BASW competencies for career progression.
Our focus for 2019 is to create a Social Care Academy, pulling all of our learning programmes together as part of a dedicated and supportive career progression framework, to recognise our ongoing commitment to you and your development.
Hear from our social workers
We recently surveyed our staff to find out what they thought about working here. Here is what they said:
I'm making a difference to vulnerable people while being valued and invested in as a worker and working as part of an enthusiastic and motivated team
I like the support that my colleagues give one another. I work with some really nice people. I have a really knowledgeable line manager, who is able to pass on her knowledge and good practice
The team of people I work with are fantastic. Working with children and families is hard but very rewarding. Knowing you can make a difference to a young person’s life is incredibly motivating.
My Role - Fiona Francis
Principal Social Worker - Children's Services
My Role - Sharleen McIntosh
Assistant Team Manager - Children's Services
My Role - Holger Alsmeier
Social Worker - Children's Services
My Role - Annie Morcumb
Social Worker - Children's Services
What we will want from you
Your aspirations should be limitless and you will be as determined and passionate about Children’s Services as we are.
As a local authority we will drive forward improvements in our services and we want our social workers to help bring about positive change by being part of the process.
We will want you to continuously improve the safeguarding of our children and we will make sure you have the support network and training to do it. We are an ambitious, proactive team and we want people who will share that ambition and be a part of our journey.