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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


Whats on offer

What's on offer to you?


  • Salary range

    • Grade 8 SCP24 £31,099 – SCP 27 £33,820

    • Grade 9 -SCP28 £34,723 – SCP 31 £37,261

    • Grade 10 -SCP32 £38,296 – SCP 35 £41,496
      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 - enhanced entitlements above national average

    • Agile working - supporting you to work in an agile way depending on service needs

    • Flexible working - supporting and promoting a positive work/life balance

    • 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

  • Standard working hours

    • 37 hours per week

  • Local Government Pension Scheme
    • The largest public sector pension scheme in the UK
  • A cycle to work scheme

    • A gross salary deduction cycle purchase scheme

  • ​Learning and development / Apprenticeships
    • A varied offering of in-house and external learning interventions and professional development, including qualifications through the Apprenticeship Levy Fund.            ​
  • Leisure centre benefits​ (contributory)

    • Corporate leisure centre membership across Dudley borough leisure centres

  • Childcare vouchers​

    • Salary sacrifice purchase scheme

  • Paycare health scheme (contributory)​

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

  • Staff counselling service​

    • In-house access for all with a variety of therapeutic approaches to suit the individual needs of each client.   

  • Wellbeing

    • A range of activities to enhance and support your wellbeing
  • Occupational Health
    • A service to support you to stay well at work, both physically and mentally. 
  • Free eye tests
    • For all VDU users
  • 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)​ 

    • Exclusive payroll scheme allows employees to save or borrow money via a monthly deduction from salary.   

  • Annual travel pass loan

  • Microsoft home user programme

  • Car sharing scheme

  • MOT – Impartial service with no incentive to ‘fault find’ or fail vehicles unnecessarily

  • KAARP benefits (Discount vouchers)​

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

  • Local retailer discounts

    • EE Perk – 20% off for you and up to 5 friends.       ​

    • Costa Coffee – 10% discount with valid ID Card (Dudley, Castlegate & Kingswinford). 

    • Finesse Desserts Dudley – 10% Discount with valid ID Card. 

    • Other ad hoc localised discounts – depending upon where you work in the Borough, these will be advised to you by your manager/team 

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


What looking for
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