Empowering children’s social workers: the Barnsley way

We’re proud to announce the imminent launch of the Barnsley Social Work Academy, a new initiative aimed at providing a high-quality and consistent programme of learning and development for children’s social workers. 

The Academy model will offer a wide range of support at every stage - from students on placement and social workers at the beginning of their careers, through to staff who are mentoring and supporting others. 

We're incredibly proud of the work our social workers do and are committed to offering anyone who decides to join us a children’s social worker the support and development they need to succeed in their role and career. 

The Academy will be committed to promoting staff wellbeing and resilience, supporting career development, and making sure that all staff are treated fairly, in an inclusive workplace which recognises and celebrates diversity.  

Academy students will be encouraged to recognise good practice and learn from feedback, improving and sustaining good outcomes for our children and families.  

Cllr Trevor Cave, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services, said: “Our ambition is to make Barnsley Council an employer of choice for children’s social workers. 

“We're an Ofsted rated 'Good' authority and are highly aspirational to deliver even better services, with children and their families at the centre of all that we do.   

“This new initiative is an exciting development for social work in Barnsley, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on our community.” 

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