Jobs in Children's Social Care at Trafford

At at Trafford Council we are ambitious for our children and our workforce

Here in Trafford our vision is that at all levels our interventions make life better for children and families. We are ambitious for our children and for our practitioners - and our core value is ‘would this be good enough for my child’?

Our service was redesigned in 2021 to ensure that our teams are offering the right help at the right time for our families and children, and now that this is embedded, our new structure is helping us to improve the way that services are delivered.

As a relatively small local authority, we pride ourselves on our friendly teams, manageable caseloads, a creative approach and colleagues who support each other.

We believe that having a culture and environment in which our managers and social workers can thrive is an essential element of improving outcomes for children and families. To support this we have invested in a 3-year programme with relational specialists Strengthening Practice to provide ongoing training and enhance our social workers’ professional development. Our vision is to have practitioners and managers who are confident and brave in their practice and are supported by strong leaders at all levels.

We are currently recruiting qualified social workers to the following parts of our service and would love to hear from you. Visit our social care website to find out more about working in Children’s Social Care in Trafford and for details of current opportunities.

Opportunities for Social Workers

We’re seeking dedicated Social Workers to share our strong vision for social work practice and join us in developing a new approach to social work by embedding restorative and relational practice throughout the service. There is a commitment to low caseloads with embedded supervision and strong supportive managers. You will be developed into an excellent practitioner through a comprehensive continuous package of development.

What our children and young people think, feel and say matters to us. Find out more about how we listen to our young people to make improvements at our My Voice website.

  • View the Early Help and Children’s Social Care Structure with brief descriptions of the Service Areas.

Our commitment to you

We offer a competitive and attractive salary with incremental progression.  We also offer these additional benefits:

  • Payment of your Social Work England Registration fees
  • 25 days annual leave, eventually rising to 30, (8 Bank Holidays) with the option of purchasing up to 10 more days leave
  • Local Government pension scheme
  • A relocation package available (up to 4k)
  • An excellent working environment at our fantastic offices
  • Opportunities for flexible working with access to excellent IT
  • Salary sacrifice schemes (car leasing, subsidised car parking scheme, home technology, cycle to work, extra holidays, healthcare scheme, gym membership, perks at work discounts)
  • Employee Assistance Programme which includes 24/7 counselling
  • A robust supervision programme with 6 monthly EPIC personal development plans to support learning and development
  • Access to learning, training and development opportunities through Research In Practice, paid for by Trafford
  • Opportunities to train as a Practice Educator, supporting students while developing your coaching skills.

We focus on a work life balance, with a commitment to low caseloads, small teams and a range of benefits to support health and wellbeing such as:

  • Flexible working, supported by excellent IT
  • Salary sacrifice schemes for things like car leasing, home technology, cycle to work, extra holidays, healthcare and perks at work
  • Employee Assistance programme which includes 24/7 counselling

If you have any questions about the role, vacancies or process get in contact with:

Jude Brown, Strategic Lead, Practice Improvement and Learning:

Elaine Harvey, Head of Service for Families First:

Tracey Arnold, Head of Service for Cared for and Care Experienced service:

Working for Trafford

To find out more about the roles and to apply, visit the Greater.Jobs website