From the moment you join us you’ll receive a number of benefits, including:
- Social Work England registration fee paid for
- Relocation package of up to £8000*
- Achievable work-life balance through a range of flexible working options
- Annual leave package of 25 days (27 days after five years’ service and 31 days after ten years’ service)
- Special leave is considered for certain public duties and career breaks
- Generous special leave provisions to help employees deal with caring responsibilities, domestic emergencies and bereavement
- Maternity, paternity shared, parental leave and adoption leave above the statutory minimum
- Local Government Pension Scheme, including life cover
- Childcare voucher scheme
- Corporate leisure scheme
- Payroll charity donation scheme
- Comprehensive training and development opportunities
- Individual appraisal and development reviews
- Occupational sick pay scheme
- Annual employee conference and awards ceremony
- Regular quality supervision
- Special offers with local credit union
- A range of travel benefits, such as discounted public transport, parking permits, car-sharing and cycling schemes
- Discounts on local shops, attractions and events for you and your family
*Dependent upon role and proximity of chosen location
Health and wellbeing package
All employees have access to our award-winning health and wellbeing service:
- Occupational health support
- Free health MOT events
- Free independent, face-to-face counselling and 24hour helpline
We have a dedicated in-house training team and our commitment to learning and development has been formally recognised through the national Investors in People standard.
A senior role, with lead responsibility for social work development, reports to the Principal Social Worker. This post has no case load which ensures they have the capacity to take a lead role in all areas of social work professional development helping us to build on our strengths in this important area of work.
Throughout your time with us, you will be supported, developed and directed by good leaders, ensuring you have the necessary skills to deliver quality services to local people. You will have access to a range of professional support, such as on-the-job training, postgraduate study and professional accreditation.
We also provide a range of short courses, focusing on everything from management techniques to bespoke social care training.
Development and training
As part of our in-house training offer, we provide a dedicated training team to deliver training and development specifically around Children’s Services and Adult Services.
There is extensive experience within the team, from residential care to frontline social care, and our quality training programmes are continuously refreshed to ensure they are fit for purpose.
The social care learning programme is an extensive programme, covering all disciplines applicable to social workers, and runs over a 12 month period. The programme is determined by feedback from employees via the individual appraisal process, senior managers and the children’s workforce development group. This programme will contribute toward assisting social workers to achieve recognised continued professional development (CPD) to maintain their registration with the Social Work England.
Individual performance appraisals
Every employee at Blackpool Council is provided with a six-monthly appraisal, where you will have the opportunity to meet with your line manager to discuss goals, training and any issues you may have.
Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF)
Blackpool Council adopts the Professional Capabilities Framework, an overarching professional standards framework, developed by the Social Work Reform Board and owned by The College of Social Work.
Additional training for adult social workers
Blackpool Council supports adult social work employees with Best Interest Assessor (BIA) training and Approved mental health professional (AMHP) training.