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Working in Birmingham

The vision of Birmingham City Council Children’s Services is in line with the overarching vision of the council itself. This being the creation and maintenance of a fair, prosperous and democratic city for all residents.

On top of this, we have made it our mission to ensure that we are constantly looking to improve the quality of life for Birmingham’s residents, especially when it comes to safeguarding the wellbeing of the most vulnerable amongst them.

This is achieved through collaborative working with the residents in order to fully understand their needs and mould the services accordingly.

We take a huge amount of pride in the achievements of the service in recent years and offer new recruits the opportunity to be part of an exciting future.

The commitment to the residents of Birmingham is something that is shared at all levels. Our passionate senior leadership team provide support and guidance throughout the service, ensuring that all of our employees feel fully equipped to carry out their very best work.

Learning & Development

Here at Birmingham, we are extremely proud to have created an environment where our social workers can learn, grow and develop. Our Career Progression Pathway has been key to securing a professional workforce that can effectively serve the city’s children and families.

Underpinned by the National Professional Capabilities Framework, Birmingham’s pathway involves us working in partnership with a range of individuals and organisations in order to deliver highly effective learning. This includes a mix of current theoretical thinking, evidence based practice and practical workplace skills.

Part of what makes our Pathway so successful is its structured yet flexible approach to career progression. The nature of the Pathway allows entry at all levels, from our Student Fast Track Scheme all the way to our Team Managers and Heads of Service.

Learning & Development - AYSE

As part of our commitment to vulnerable children and families in Birmingham, we recognise the importance of supporting the next generation of social workers. Providing proper structure and comprehensive training, we strive to ensure that newly qualified social workers are fully equipped to provide the highest standard of service to the city’s residents.

Following the new Assisted and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) format, we offer newly qualified social workers:

  • Monthly training programme on key topics (with support from University of Birmingham).
  • Opportunities to join learning sets.
  • Reduced caseloads.
  • Support and supervision from trained Senior Social Workers.

Learning & Development - Social Workers

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 (15 children per front line social worker)
  • 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.

Our Values & Behaviours

“Ours is a council that has committed to putting values at the heart of its effort to achieve the organisation’s core purpose of making a positive difference every day to people’s lives.

It goes without saying, therefore, that everything we do and every conversation we have needs to be driven by a collective commitment to demonstrating these values in our daily behaviours. It is our shared responsibility to support and challenge one another to live up to the expectations set out in this guide and, critically, to ensure that we do our utmost to put our citizens first by delivering outstanding services, excellently. In this way, together, we can achieve our full potential – for our communities and ourselves.”

We put citizens first

  • We are empathetic and respectful in everything we do.
  • We make time to listen carefully to people to understand their needs.
  • We treats all people with complete respect and understanding.
  • We put themselves in the shoes of the residents to deal with their issues.
  • We are patient and helpful.
  • We always treat people with kindness – ‘the human touch’.

We are true to our word

  • When we make promises we keep them.
  • We make time to build trusting relationships.
  • We make sure people who are affected are involved and kept well – informed.
  • We give people ongoing feedback that helps them improve their performance.
  • We believe in what we say.
  • We promptly address any problems.

We act courageously

  • We lead, we manage and we tackle the difficult issues: every day, every one of us.
  • We are unafraid to ask challenging questions.
  • We have the courage to speak out on difficult issues.
  • We will use our initiative to do something differently.
  • We have difficult conversations when necessary.
  • We embrace new ways of working to encourage change.

We achieve excellence

  • We get things right. First time, every time.
  • We gives our very best, every day.
  • We look for ways to keep doing our job better.
  • We help other people achieve and celebrate their goals.
  • We recognise mistakes and act to put it right.
  • We ask for feedback to improve his or her performance.


Ready To Apply?

We’re always ready to hear from talented, ambitious & committed social work professionals.