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Working in Children and Family Services

We want children and young people living in Leicestershire to be safe and to thrive in families and communities where they can achieve their potential. We want them to be healthy, to have a strong sense of wellbeing. In short, we want our children to be happy and do well in life.

Our teams are absolutely committed to improving the lives of vulnerable children and young people. We work hard to listen to families and to work with them and their natural networks of support so that they can flourish.

If we are to do our best for children, we must always question how things could be better. We value our culture of ‘high support and high challenge’ and are unwavering in our drive to improve; to be the best we can be. Our children deserve no less!  

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Meet our colleagues

If you want to work for a progressive, forward thinking authority where you can grow and develop to be a really good practitioner, come and work for Leicestershire County Council.

The best thing about being a social worker, is that you can make a difference… you can go into a situation where it looks like there is no hope, and where families are in real crisis and feel like there’s no way out for them. But a social worker can go in and help to make a real difference, settle things down, help families to look at a situation with fresh eyes, and hopefully come up with solutions to help families remain together.

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What we do

Within the Children and Family Services Department we have two directorates:

  • Children’s Social Care
  • Education and Early Help

Children’s Social Care includes services such as field social work, services for children in care and care leavers, fostering and adoption for example.

Education and Early Help provision includes services such as education sufficiency, education quality and inclusion, special educational needs and disabilities and children and family’s wellbeing services.

Our Aims

We want children and young people living in Leicestershire to be safe and to thrive in families and communities where they can achieve their potential. We want them to be healthy, have a strong sense of wellbeing and generally to be happy in life.

Our teams are absolutely committed to improving the lives of vulnerable children and young people. We work hard to listen to families and to work with them and their natural networks of support so that they can flourish.

Our Job Roles/Services

We have a wide range of job roles ranging from those who work directly with children and families to back-office roles supporting staff, developing policy or contributing to improving services. For example:

  • Social workers and senior practitioners
  • Other professionals who work directly supporting families such as family support workers
  • Early Years professionals
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Business Support officers
  • Quality Assurance or improvement officers
  • Specialist teachers
  • Occupational Therapists

Hear what our team thinks

Listen to Dawn talk about her experiences of working in children and family services.  

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Career progression and training

We take the development of our workforce seriously and expect you to be committed to your own learning and development too!

Our ambition is to be a learning organisation – a place where people feel both supported and challenged to learn and grow. Some of our learning is formal – on training courses. Some learning is self-directed – such as watching a film or e-learning.

All our workers are expected to take part in personal supervision and have an annual performance review, where you think about your successes over the year and your goals for the year ahead.

We understand that learning and growth takes place in different ways for different people and we want to work with you to find the best ways to support your personal and professional development.

Training opportunities are advertised on the learning hub, so that social workers can view what training is out there and think about what they want to do, or what’s appropriate to their role. I’ve recently completed something called Practice Educator training, which allows me to assess student social workers coming into the profession.

Listening to our staff

We recognise that our staff is out best asset. We cannot hope to make a positive difference to the lives of children, young people and their families if we do not have a strong and resilient workforce.

Each year as a department we run a ‘health check’ for all staff – where we ask you about your experience of working in the department. This is your opportunity to use your voice and contribute to wider learning and to create the culture we all want to work in.

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