Make Bradford your next step in social care


Are you thinking of a career change or, as a new graduate, keen to join a Children’s Service that knows its direction and invests in its workforce? If you are thinking of making Bradford your next step have a look here to get a flavour of what it is like working in our District.  

Bradford Children’s Services have frequent recruitment for talented, passionate and experienced social workers who are committed to ensuring the children and families of the district reach their full potential.  We also have a range of other roles available from time to time and all posts are advertised through the council’s job pages.  We pride ourselves on listening and responding to feedback from our workforce and creating an environment where good, quality and innovative social care work thrives.

To support our work with children and families across the district, all social care staff will continue to be supported and trained in Signs of Safety, ensuring our focus is on both the family’s strengths and the safety of the child/young person. Social care staff have embraced the framework and regularly report how effective it is in supporting them in the work they do and do it well. Our partners across the District are also embracing Signs of Safety including health, schools, police and voluntary sector partners.  

If you feel you have the attributes that we are looking for and want to be part of our journey and our future, please look at our vacancies section and the other information available here.  If you would like to have a general discussion about our social work opportunities, please contact the Principal Social Worker who will be happy to have a conversation with you.  For other posts each one advertised should have a service contact for you to have a discussion with.

Come and work in Bradford

Read a message from Councillor Val Slater, Jim Hopkinson and Michael Jameson.

What do we offer?

  • A thorough induction personalised to your specific service area. A group induction for all new staff, ensuring we share all that you need to know in your first weeks/months in your new role. This session also provides you with the opportunity to meet with the Deputy Director and Head of Service.
  • As a new starter we recognise there is a lot to absorb in your new role, that is why we have a comprehensive welcome pack that supports you in your induction period and is a point of reference in your early social work career.
  • If you are a NQSW, we offer an excellent ASYE programme in partnership with Bradford College, in addition to a supportive work environment. Your progression does not stop there though and we have a pathway for progression to support you in your social work career through to experienced social worker, in addition to other development opportunities.
  • We offer an array of continued professional opportunities throughout your career with a varied training programme, including opportunity to study at MA level on modules linked to practice within children and families.
  • An annual performance appraisal, ensuring clarity of purpose and providing an opportunity to take stock, consider your development needs whilst providing an opportunity to raise ideas and obtain valuable and constructive feedback.
  • Excellent training and learning opportunities, including opportunities to develop practice based on interests and passions. Opportunities to take part in our regular practitioner forums, whilst learning from others in different areas of our service, sharing good practice.
  • Capture all that you need to know in your first few weeks/months.

What do some of our social workers say about working for Bradford Children's Services?

  • "We are making differences to children’s lives by acting appropriately to risk"
  • "Workers support one another, as do the team managers and this helps us to keep the children as our focus"

What did the Ofsted JTAI (April 2017) inspectors say about Bradford?

  • "Leadership within children’s social care is effective and senior managers are creating a healthy environment in Bradford for effective social work to flourish".
  • "Across partners there is commitment to continual improvement to offer a wide range of high quality services to meet the diverse needs of children and families".

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