About our service

We prioritise Children’s Services and want every child in our borough to achieve their full potential, to be safe and be happy. We really value the work of our social workers and have created more posts to support them in the work they do. 

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

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Our values

We're committed to delivering services in line with our council vision and values:

  • We’re a team
  • We’re honest
  • We’ll be excellent
  • We’re proud

If you share our values we hope you'll apply to come and work with our friendly team.

More about working in Barnsley

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.

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Our commitment

We're committed to achieving the very best outcomes for vulnerable children and young people in Barnsley. Children and their families are at the centre of all we do.

Our practice is underpinned by a strength-based and relational model. This means supporting our social workers to develop relationships and to really know and understand children and their families.

In order to achieve our ambitions for our children and young people we need workforce who are:

  • Diverse.
  • High performing.
  • Well trained.
  • Supported.

Our workforce strategy sets out our ambitions and priorities. It also shows our commitment to recruiting and retaining the very best talent. We're committed to providing employees with an environment that supports a culture of continuous professional development. Somewhere that encourages good practice to flourish.

View our workforce strategy

Training and development

We're committed to continuous professional development.

We have a strong training offer for staff at all levels. This includes access to training such as:

  • graded care profile 2
  • PAMS (parent assessment manual software)
  • Lucy Faithfull training around assessments of persons posing risk
  • practice educator
  • achieving best evidence
  • adverse childhood experiences
  • together or apart

Your progression

We're passionate about the progression of our social workers. Through annual reviews we'll support you to develop your career and achieve your ambitions in line with your skills, knowledge and experience.

We have monthly progression panels where line managers will identify staff who are ready to progress in line with their job description.

Supporting you

You'll receive regular, high quality, reflective case supervisions from a supportive and nurturing management team. ASYE workers also receive supervision from the practice development manager, and informal supervision from an advanced practitioner as required.

You'll receive monthly professional supervision to explore your general wellbeing, training needs, performance and any other business you want to discuss. And you can always access support from your line manager.

Assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) programme

Our ASYE programme is designed to support newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) through their first year in practice. We know the importance of supporting NQSWs for them to develop into highly effective and competent practitioners and get the best outcomes for children and families.

You'll receive:

  • a two-week induction to prepare you for working in Barnsley
  • regular supervision with your manager, the learning development manager or ASYE assessor
  • regular access to ASYE support groups with other ASYEs
  • allocated development or study periods to allow time to complete your portfolio
  • regular reviews with increments at different stages
  • caseload allocation inline with the ASYE stages
  • access to the learning development manager if you have any worries

Many students return to us after their placements, as they know Barnsley's a great place to work.

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