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Our Offer

Training and Development opportunities

The Learning and Development offer focuses on six core knowledge and skill elements –  Relationship based practice, strengths based practice, child centred practice, family led practice, the signs of safety approach, and motivational interviewing  – supported by the Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) and Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF). Our learning & development offer includes classroom based delivery followed up with work based learning to consolidate learning into practice.

The Management Development offer includes a diploma in systemic supervision.

We are lead partner with the West Midlands teaching partnership, this is developing an exciting learning and development offer where we will share learning and improvements across the region.

These include a real focus on practice skills, as well as leadership development training for those who may wish to pursue a management career.

Our commitment to practice

In September 2016, Birmingham was inspected by Ofsted. The report can be read https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/local-authorities/birmingham.  Whilst the Ofsted report confirms we have further opportunities for improvement; we are making good progress, particularly around children in care, adoption and care leavers.  Ofsted found many examples of good practice and were clear that leaders are moving strongly in the right direction.  Our commitment to continued improvement can be seen in our staff initiatives.

National Assessment and Accreditation

You may be aware of the current consultation being carried out by the Department of Education regarding the National Assessment and Accreditation System.   This will introduce a new practice-focused methodology to establish the knowledge and skills that child and family social workers need for social work.  Birmingham has agreed that social workers and practice leaders in will be in phase 1 of the accreditation process in 2017.

Annual Leave

Birmingham City Council offers 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.  We are also looking to offer the opportunity to buy up to 20 additional days holiday per year.

Competitive Salary

We have benchmarked our social worker and team manager salaries with other West Midlands authorities to ensure that they are very competitive. We also offer a one-off, up front Recruitment Incentive (subject to tax and national insurance deductions) to be paid on the appointment of Social Work staff with three years or more post qualification experience.

In addition, we have a retention payment for our frontline services, to encourage staff to remain in the areas where the common features of initial assessments/triage is completed, for example, Safeguarding, Children in Care, CASS, No Recourse to Public Funds, Disabled Children’s Service and Adoption & Fostering.  This will be paid quarterly, to all qualified social workers (up to and including Team Managers) during their third year of employment with Birmingham City Council and every subsequent year after.

Pension Scheme employer contribution

Birmingham City Council currently pays 24.4% of your salary into the highly rated local government pension scheme.  This is a career average scheme, not money purchase scheme.  This means your pension level will be determined based on your career average earnings and not the performance of the bond and stock markets.  This means that your total reward package is basic salary plus an additional 24.4% pension scheme employer contribution.

Flexi Scheme

Birmingham City Council has a generous flexi scheme, subject to the needs of the business, you can accrue up to 24 days extra days leave in a year.

Other employee benefits

Include 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.

Agile Working Environment

Many of the Council buildings now offer the ability to work across multiple sites with touchdown areas allowing the facility to connect to the network from which ever building you are in.  In addition, all our social work staff will shortly have appropriate access to ICT that suits their needs and allows them to work in an agile way.

Quality of life

Birmingham has been voted one of the best places to live in the UK with 25% of our residents below the age of 30; we are a young and vibrant city.  Hosting the National Exhibition Centre, Grand Central, Museum and Art Gallery containing part of the Staffordshire Hoard, access to national travel and a great leisure offer.

Ready To Apply?

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