Birmingham City Council

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Birmingham is a beautifully diverse city, providing a rich backdrop against which our staff can thrive in a challenging yet supportive environment. We place personal and professional development as an upmost priority, ensuring that our people consistently learn and grow. This is the place to further your career.

This is an exciting time for Children’s Services who will be moving to a Children’s Trust in April 2018. The decision to move to a Trust is based on the desire to develop and consolidate changes that have begun within the service; to provide a clean break with the past; and ensure a sole focus on Children’s social work improvement. It will also allow an increased focus on service delivery and the best conditions for great social work, in addition to having a strong clear voice to council, partners and the city and greater opportunities for staff engagement.

Our offer:

- 29 days paid annual leave and an additional eight bank holidays. This increases to 32 days after five years’ service and then 34 days after ten years’ service.

- Competitive salaries benchmarked against other authorities.

- 24.4% of your salary into the highly rated local government career average pension scheme. 

- Generous flexi scheme, where you could accrue up to 24 days extra days leave in a year.

- Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, childcare vouchers, cycle to work schemes, a confidential Employee Assistance Programme and access to an employee website offering discounts and cash back on hundreds of retailers.

- The quality of life in Britain’s second city is high and our residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to filling their spare time.

- High quality, affordable housing, an excellent transport system and a rich and diverse cultural offering make Birmingham an ideal home.

- One-off, up front Recruitment Incentive for Social Work staff with three years or more post qualification experience. 

- Retention payment for our frontline services (e.g. Safeguarding, Children in Care, CASS, No Recourse to Public Funds, Disabled Children’s Service and Adoption & Fostering.)  

Learning & Development

As part of our joint commitment to both our service users and our social workers, we have developed a learning and development programme that ensures that our employees continue to grow as professionals as well as personally.

Tailored training programmes focus on our relationship based approach to social work and with the support of principal social workers and other senior staff you will continue to learn throughout your time with us. This will be achieved through a variety of opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills both academically and practically.

You will be supported by the council as we equip you to build on your experience as a social worker, take accountability for your caseload and exercise increasingly higher quality judgements in situations of increasing complexity.

We offer:

- Knowledge and development of local resource networks
- Development of working partnerships with colleagues from a range of organisations
- Opportunities to work towards post-qualifying level awards
- A manageable caseload
- Regular reflective supervision
- Annual appraisal
- Flexible, agile working
- Excellent team administrative support

After a minimum of 2 year’s practice experience, you will be given the opportunity to progress to a Senior Social Worker position. To be successful in this you will be required to demonstrate your experience and learning through a portfolio of evidence.

“One of the best things about working in CASS for me is that I have learned so much from exposure to such a variety of cases. I also appreciate the access to the expertise you have in a unique environment where teams are co-located and you can speak to people immediately and build the kinds of relationships that really speed up the decision making process.”

Gemma, Social Worker
Children’s Advice and Support Service

“I returned to Birmingham after just nine months in another authority because as a team manager I wanted to work somewhere that the team I look after can benefit from really good learning and training opportunities and where there is a clear and focussed career pathway.”

Rina, Team Manager
Care Leavers Service

“I moved to Birmingham originally from Macclesfield to do my under-graduate studies, but because I love the city so much I decided to do my Masters placement here as well. On my placement I have had a lot of support and guidance from my practice educator. I have realised that I can have a lot of confidence in my decision making because there was always someone there to make sure I was doing the right thing.”

Laura, Student Social Worker
Birmingham City Council