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Our learning and development offer

Our learning and development offer provides a comprehensive of package of training, development, resources, and support  delivered through our new and innovative Centre for Professional Practice.


Learning & Development

The comprehensive learning and development programme which we offer aims to:

  • Provide you with the best possible opportunities for your continuous development

  • Improve the quality of assessments and care planning

  • Enhance social worker knowledge and skills

  • Ensure  comprehensive case notes and care plans so there is a clear articulation with evidence of the needs of children and families, from the point of referral through to the end point of the child’s journey

  • Ensure effective supervision and management oversight of social work practice, where workers feel fully supported

  • Ensure that students and newly qualified social workers will be better prepared and supported in their placements and first year of employment

We offer:

  • A bespoke induction package
  • Research opportunities with West Midlands Teaching Partnership

  • A comprehensive and enhanced learning and development programme developed alongside the government’s new accreditation scheme and provided by our innovative Centre for Professional Practice.

  • A service-wide Restorative Practice training programme with ongoing implementation of practice across all services

  • On-line membership to CoramBAAF Adoption and Fostering Academy and Research in Practice

  • Excellent staff engagement opportunities with staff briefing sessions, team manager meetings, staff reference groups 

  • Career Development Progression​ - The progression process is to be used to make judgements about whether a worker has met the criteria to be progressed through the Social Worker Grading Structure​

  • Opportunities to teach and assess students through our relationship with and affiliation to the West midlands Teaching Partnership



What's on offer to you?


  • Salary range

    • Grade 8 SCP24 £28,673– SCP 27 £31,346

    • Grade 9 -SCP28 £32,234– SCP31 £34,729

    • Grade 10 -SCP32 £35,745– SCP35 £38,890
      Paid Monthly – Last Thursday of each month

  • Annual and other leave provision

    • 29 x Days plus public holidays (Increasing to 33 days – after 5 years service)

    • Local Government Sickness Scheme - Up to 6 Months Full Pay plus 6 Months Half

  • Family friendly policies

    • Agile working,

    • Flexible working,

    • Maternity leave;

    • Adoption leave;

    • Shared parental leave;

    • Parental leave;

    • Paternity leave;

    • Maternity/Adoption support leave

  • Notice provision​

    • Grade 8 – 1 calendar month

    • Grade 9 – 2 calendar months

    • Grade 10 – 2 calendar months

  • Local Government Pension Scheme

    • The largest public sector pension scheme in the UK​

  • A cycle purchase scheme

    • Salary Sacrifice Purchase Scheme

  • Leisure centre benefits​

    • Subsidised leisure centre membership

  • Childcare vouchers​

    • Salary sacrifice purchase scheme

  • KAARP benefits (Discount vouchers)​

    • 100's of discounts on shopping, entertainment, holidays and much more​

  • Paycare health scheme (contributory)​

    • A number of plans are available to suit individual requirement​

  • Staff counselling service​

    • Confidential staff counselling is available for all staff and can support with work related and personal issues.

  • Standard working hours​

    • 37 Hours per week

  • Overtime/weekend working /night working/ shift working 

  • Standby and call-out arrangement  

  • Car allowance   ​

    • Casual user allowance – 45p per mile

  • User friendly IT equipment   ​

    • Provision of essential IT equipment to undertake roles

  • Generous relocation package​

    • up to £7,500 tax free

  • Castle and Crystal Credit Union (savings and loans)​

  • Annual travel pass loan

  • Microsoft home user programme

  • Car sharing scheme

What we are looking for?

We are keen to hear from you if you have the following qualifications, experience and personal qualities:

  • Social Work England registration

  • Extensive experience of working with vulnerable children and their families

  • Resilient under pressure

  • A thorough working knowledge of professional social work practices and all relevant legislation

  • A commitment to recognising children’s voices and encouraging family participation in decision-making

  • The capacity to intervene effectively within situations of increasing complexity and challenge

  • An effective team player and communicator, you'll be confident in creating and delivering engaging and accurate information to a range of audiences

  • Committed to Dudley Council's values and respectful of diversity at all times

  • Energy, drive, and commitment to improve outcomes for young people in Dudley