Thank you for your interest in applying for a social work post with Barnsley Children’s Services.

We're incredibly proud of the work our social workers do. We're committed to offering you the support and development you need to succeed in your role and your career.

Our leaders and managers are focussed on ensuring our working environment is one of collective learning and high support. We strive to deliver 'even better' services and outcomes for children and families in the borough.

It’s an exciting time to join us in Barnsley. You can find out why by listening to the BBC podcast about why Barnsley town centre is booming.

We hope you'll progress your interest to join our amazing team!

Carly Speechley

Carly Speechley
Executive Director - Children’s Services



Council of the year - LGC Award winner 2023 and MJ Acheivement awards 2023

About us

We prioritise Children's Services here in Barnsley. We want every child in our borough to achieve their full potential. We want them to be safe and be happy.

We're an Ofsted rated 'Good' authority and we aspire to deliver even better services. Children and their families at the centre of all that we do.

We really value the work our social workers do. Therefore we've created more posts to support them in the work they do.

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Why join us?

We're looking to recruit enthusiastic, restorative and committed professional social workers at all levels to join our workforce.

We support children and young people to be the best they can be. We're also committed to achieve the very best outcomes for them.

If you're also committed to the highest standards of social work practice. Looking to achieve better outcomes for children, young people and families, we want to hear from you!

Learn why you should join us

Training and development

We'll support you throughout your career with us..

Join us and you'll develop assessment and analytical skills, apply evidence-based interventions, and develop the confidence to make timely decisions for children that will achieve positive outcomes for their future.

Training and support

Our teams

We have several children and young people teams who are mainly responsible for our work under the:

  • child in need framework
  • child protection framework
  • public law outline framework

All of our teams are located together. This enables our social workers to have access to team managers and advanced practitioners for any support they need during the day.

Find out about our teams

Hear from families we helped...

  • My social worker always listens and tries to solve my problems. She's kind to me and every time she said that she was going to do something, she actually did it.
  • She's always kept me informed, is always contactable and I felt she treated me as a normal personal. My experience has been a great experience. She gave me the support I needed and advice; she was always there for me.
  • I feel supported by my social worker in the issues in my family. Things have got better from her working with me and my family.
  • My social worker really listened and helped me out - she listened and actioned things. I felt like I was going around in circles before working with her. She made things happen when I'd been struggling to do things myself before.
  • The social worker told me beforehand what would happen and what the outcomes could be. She was really good. In between visits she'd make sure I was okay.
  • The social worker kept me informed; I felt listened to and she took the time to take on board my views and work with my family to make us happy.