Essex County Council is an award winning local authority and we are proud to have had winners at the national Social Worker of the Year Awards in 2014, 2016, 2017 and are proud to have won ‘Best Social Work Employer’ in 2018. Our childrens social care service achieved an Outstanding rating from Ofsted in January 2019.
Being one of the most populated counties in the UK, with communities as diverse as its geography, Essex can become the next step in your career whether you are looking for a role in adult social care or children and families.
Social work is a demanding, complex and ultimately fulfilling role. We fully recognise the importance of providing you with the tools and quality time to undertake direct relationship-based social work, to make real positive differences to the lives of our residents.
We are achieving this by supporting our social workers to deliver fantastic social work through our extensive CPD offer, which is expertly delivered by our BASW accredited Essex Social Care Academy. This includes regular training workshops, inspirational keynote speakers and engagement events, making Essex the best place to develop your knowledge and career as a valued social worker.
We recognise and celebrate inspiring and exceptional social work and can offer variety of career pathways and opportunities of which you will be challenged and supported as you progress your career.
Stand: 19 & 20
We’re pioneering some changes to social care practice in Hampshire; radically changing the way we work and creating the right conditions to ensure social workers can work flexibly and are given the capacity to provide the level of support and attention that is required for them to make a real difference to the lives of children, young people and their families.
It’s an exciting time to join us as we’re investing £6.5 million in children’s social workers to help drive this change and enable Hampshire social workers to be more agile in their role, leaving them more fulfilled professionally and able to enjoy a good balance between work and home life.
We provide a safe and supportive working environment with positive team support and options to develop experience in a variety of casework. Plus all the practical support you need; including professional development and administrative support.
With opportunities available in both children’s and adult social care, now is the time to join Hampshire County Council, a leading authority at the forefront of radical innovation and improvement.
We would love to tell you more about our career and development opportunities – come and meet our team on stand 22.
Surrey Children’s Services Academy has been set up as part of the Transformation journey initiated by Dave Hill, Executive Director of Children, Families Lifelong Learning and Culture (CFLC) at Surrey County Council.
The overall purpose of the Academy is to work with our partners across Surrey in the Police, Health, Education, and others to recruit develop and retain a workforce to give the best care and support to children, young people and families in Surrey.
The academy will:
-Support staff to develop themselves and their ensure all staff have up-to-date knowledge and skills to fulfill their roles
-Introduce and embed new skills, values and ways of working in all agencies that work with children and families
-Develop a shared language and values for working with children and families across partners
-Build effective leadership skills and capacity to strengthen partnership working
-Develop a better understanding between agencies of each other’s roles and responsibilities
-Keep abreast of new practice
-Forge and maintain relationships with regional, national and international experts, and to bring their learning into Surrey.
Governance will be by a Strategic Stakeholder Board made up of partners to set scope, direction and priorities, supported by a Reference Group of staff and managers from across the partnership workforce to provide ideas and feedback, shape the content and act as ambassadors for the Academy within their services
Looking after vulnerable children and adults is our top priority at Somerset County Council. We believe in ambition, and empowered innovation. Combine this with strong leadership and together we can provide continuous service improvements. Recent reviews of our services, and their outcomes, show that our hard work and investment is achieving this goal. We are excited to be hosting Community Care Live in 2019 and want to meet passionate social workers to continue this journey, so bring your CV and say hello!
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We see the workplace as an environment where people can be themselves, perform to the best of their ability and achieve their potential to deliver services to our residents.
Social Work is challenging, and we recognise that to achieve excellent outcomes, our people need to feel supported and recognised. Our Social Workers change lives. From supporting children and families from the very start through to enabling our residents to live independently in later life, we support them in every step.
If you are passionate about making a difference, look at the exciting opportunities we have in Adults’ and Children’s Services.
Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) has been delivering children’s social care, early help & prevention, education and Special Education Needs & Disabilities (SEND) services in Reading since December 2018. BFfC is not-for-profit and wholly-owned by, but independent of, Reading Borough Council. It is already making great strides in service improvement.
BASW is the UK’s professional membership organisation for social work. We are the independent voice of social work. We champion social work and help members achieve the highest professional standards. Visit BASW at stand 9 for information on membership benefits, and to find out more about what we do.
CSH is a not-for-profit NHS community healthcare provider with a passion for helping people live the healthiest lives they can in their communities. Our teams work with adults, children and families across Surrey and are proud to make a positive difference to those they care for, every day. They tell us that team work and support at CSH are excellent, with lots of opportunities to develop skills, roles and careers through our training programmes. If you want to work in an organisation that puts people – employees and those we can for – first, come and join CSH!
The Ministry of Defence have a number of exciting, specialist and unique opportunities for experienced Senior Mental Health Social Workers and Managers. You will play an important role in the recovery of military personnel in order for them to return to full operational fitness or to transition to civilian life.
Excel Escort Solutions is a safe, secure and highly professional escort and supervision service operating throughout the UK. Working in partnership, we provide mental health care, youth justice and vulnerable children and adults with the safest, affordable and timely solutions for all our clients.
FINDAFAMILYEXPERT.COM is a community of independent social work experts, profiled and supported by our unique online platform.
Commissioners can search for social workers, download CV's, costs and timescales and share instantly.
We also have a directory of service-providers from therapists to drug testing agencies. Whatever expertise required, it’s at findafamilyexpert.com
Hertfordshire County Council pride ourselves on our innovative approach to effective service delivery. Employing 8,500 centrally and 23,500 in schools we are an exciting place to work. If you are looking for a new career challenge, we have a variety of opportunities to inspire you. We nurture talent, reward success and value individuals.
Specialist residential care services for adults (18+) with complex/high acuity needs. Our bespoke support packages and environments are tailored to each individual. Technology and data helps to inform creative solutions and promote independence. Our single occupancy services are a proven alternative to restrictive and high cost institutional settings, including ATU’s.
Imosphere is dedicated to improving lives by transforming the way health and social care professionals use information. Its pioneering products include a self-service analytics platform, the UK’s most trusted resource allocation system for personal budgets, a next-generation care management system and nationally recognised FACE assessment toolsets.
Independent People Homecare is a home care agency providing around the clock care and support at home to those who wish to remain independent. With a wide network of experienced home care assistants across England and Wales we lead the way in providing comprehensive, competitively-priced care services.
We publish books for professionals and general readers in a range of subjects and are well known for our long-established lists on social work, adoption, dementia and the autism spectrum. We have also published extensively in the fields of mental health, counselling, education and gender diversity.
Liquid Personnel are a specialist social work recruitment agency. Founded in 2006, we are now the leading provider of agency social workers in the UK, supplying exceptional social work staff to over 150 organisations nationwide, including local authorities, NHS trusts, fostering agencies, charities and many other private organisations.
Early Help and Children’s Social Care
Croydon is committed to improving services for children and families across the Borough. Building upon recent improvements and substantial additional investment we are aiming to establish a platform for outstanding practice. Come and talk to us about our plans and how you can join us in our journey.
Adult Health and Social Care
With the ambition to make a difference to the lives of individuals, families and wider communities, our ‘One Croydon’ approach makes Croydon an attractive employer. Come and find out how you can make a difference in your social care career.
Putting children, families and vulnerable adults at the heart of all we do
Join us to deliver the improved life choices for our most vulnerable children and families, and supporting adults to live full and independent lives. Working to be London’s best council, our employees are committed professionals and we are strengthening our partnerships with health and the voluntary sector.
At Macmillan, we understand the many ways in which a cancer diagnosis can affect people’s lives. Whatever cancer throws people’s way, we're right there with them. From the moment people are diagnosed, through treatment and beyond, we're right there with them, offering emotional, physical and financial support.
Medway offers a rich culture and a great future; there has never been a more exciting time to work here.
Since our last inspection we have significantly invested in our workforce, and redesigned our services to ensure we provide the right service, at the right time, in the right place.
Discuss Placement and CPD requirements with us.
Social Work Placements and CPD help the future workforce of Social Workers develop the knowledge and skills required to be successful in their future careers. Where a student undertakes their ‘placement’ correlates in their interest in securing longer term employment within that organisation.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is responsible for developing national guidance, standards and information on improving health and social care. NICE guidance helps social care professionals deliver the best possible care based on the best available evidence. Visit the NICE stand to learn more.
Opus is a local authority owned recruitment agency, which focuses on keeping money within the public sector. We work directly with councils to understand their social work recruitment needs and fill locum vacancies. Candidates registered with us receive priority and are first to hear about any available jobs.
Join our supportive team, rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted for the third time.
We have a number of social care roles available at Oxfordshire County Council. If you’re looking to excel and grown your career within a caring organisation, with a professional development programme, come and talk to us at stand 29.
Sara Miller McCune founded SAGE Publishing in 1965 to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community. SAGE publishes journals, books, and library products spanning a range of subject areas. SAGE remains majority-owned by our founder, who has ensured that the company will remain permanently independent.
Sanctuary Personnel is the umbrella company of leading recruitment specialists, including Sanctuary Social Care, Sanctuary Executive, Sanctuary Health and Sanctuary Criminal Justice. This makes it home to one of the largest selections of health, social care and criminal justice jobs in the UK.
Every day, social workers support millions of people to improve their chances in life. Social Work England is a specialist body taking a new approach to regulating social workers in their vital roles. We believe in the power of collaboration and share a common goal with those we regulate—to protect the public, enable positive change and ultimately improve people’s lives.
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The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health trust with a focus on training and education alongside a full range of mental health services and psychological therapies for children and their families, young people and adults.
The Caldecott Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation delivering specialist therapeutic residential, education and foster care to the UK's most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. We care for children who have suffered extremes of abuse and neglect and have often experienced multi-placement breakdowns. Our vision is "Helping Children Build a Future".
The Richardson Partnership for Care provides residential and respite care for adults with severe learning disabilities and a person-centred approach to rehabilitation for those with an acquired brain injury, with the help of our specialist MDT. Our unique, homely environment encourages social integration, individual choice and respect for service users.
UNISON is the UK’s leading social care union with more than 350,000 members across the sector. We provide workplace representation, a helpline open till midnight, legal help for work problems and accidents, and exclusive member discounts. With cuts, redundancies and outsourcing, now is the time join UNISON.
The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care is a new initiative that seeks better outcomes for children, young people and families by bringing the best available evidence to practitioners and other decision makers across the children's social care sector. Our mission is to foster a culture of evidence-informed practice.