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Social Work Job Vacancies in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire is one of the most beautiful places to live and work in the UK. The county town is Gloucester, while other principal towns include Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Cirencester. As the 16th largest county in England, Gloucestershire boasts a wealth of historic attractions and beautiful countryside.

The country is split into three areas including the picture-perfect Cotswold villages, the beautiful Forest of Dean, which has inspired many great authors like J. R. R. Tolkien and JK Rowling, and the Severn Valley, which offers wonderful waterscapes and hardly-touched medieval sites.

In addition to its fascinating history and alluring landscapes, Gloucestershire offers many fantastic opportunities for a social worker.

All About Gloucestershire Council

Gloucestershire County Council is responsible for administering the most strategic local government services in the non-metropolitan county of Gloucestershire. It comprises 53 councillors spread between 9 constituencies, 53 divisions and 174 wards. Gloucestershire Council’s primary functions include highways (roads, parking and right of way), social services, education and libraries, as well as many other local government services.

Gloucestershire Council’s Main Social Services Include:

  • Child Protection: Where members of the public can file a report if they suspect a child is suffering harm, neglect or abuse, where families under stress can receive support and advice and where seriously ill or disabled children receive an assessment of their needs and get the help they need.
  • Adoption: Where potential adopters can learn more about adoption, apply to become an adopter and receive the support they need, including ongoing training and parenting skills, peer-led support groups and therapeutic services. The Adoption Team at Gloucestershire County Council are now part of Adoption West, a regional adoption agency also incorporating local authorities in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and Wiltshire.
  • Early Help: Where children, young people and families can get the right help at the right time, before issues get worse. Gloucestershire Council’s integrated, holistic Graduated Pathway of Early Help and Support enables practitioners to prevent issues and problems becoming serious and harmful to the child, young person, family and community.

Other key services Gloucestershire Council offers include:

Types of Social Work Available at Gloucestershire Council

Gloucestershire Council can provide social workers with an excellent offering of jobs and environments to work within.

Some of our current roles include:

  • Team Manager — Safeguarding Team — Working with Children & Families
  • Senior Practitioner — Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub Team — Working with Children & Families
  • QSW – Experienced — Forest Locality Team — Working with Adults

For our full range of Gloucestershire-based roles, please click here.

Why Gloucestershire Council Is a Great Place to Be a Social Worker

  • They offer employees a wide range of benefits and packages, including childcare vouchers, flexible working and free, confidential counselling and advice.
  • They’ve developed a values and behaviours framework that encourages and prioritises accountability, integrity, empowerment, respect and excellence.
  • They value their staff, making sure they have a welcoming and enjoyable place to work in and take pride in providing services to the beautiful county of Gloucestershire. Through initiatives like staff engagement surveys, there is a strong focus on listening to their employees so they can improve the work environment.

Our Relationship With Gloucestershire Council

At Portman Recruitment, we work closely with Gloucestershire Council to allow us to match our candidates with the most suitable and rewarding social work roles. We keep close tabs on all their latest vacancies and we’ll send across the relevant CV(s) if the right job comes up. Gloucestershire Council will then look through the CVs we’ve sent them and let us know if they’re interested in any of our candidates. If they are, we’ll help set up an interview.

After the interview, we’ll get feedback from Gloucestershire Council and let you know which areas you excelled in and which areas you can improve. Should you be successful, we’ll arrange a start date and help you fully prepare for your new job.

After you’ve started your new job, we’ll continue our support through onsite visits, regular catch-ups and out-of-hours calls.

‘’Fantastic agency. Brilliant consultants who make regular contact. Highly recommend the service.’’ – Dina

To learn more about Gloucestershire Council and how we can help you find your ideal job, please give us a call today on 0161 327 0936. We’re more than happy to help.


What process do you use to select social workers for positions?

Our process for selecting social workers differs and varies from candidate to candidate. It all depends on where that particular candidate’s strengths and experiences lie. While that’s important, here at Portman Recruitment, we believe that it’s just as important to ask the prospective candidate about what they’re looking for in their new role. Some candidates may be looking for a new challenge in a new area of social work whereas others may be quite happy finding something that they are used to.

Our job is to make sure that the candidate’s CV is as optimised as possible for the job that they’re looking for. By doing this we ensure that hiring managers at Gloucestershire County Council can easily see the relevant skills and experience they’re looking for in a social worker.

In our experience, we’ve found that social workers do know exactly what they’re looking for in their new role – there is little indecision. This makes our process even more effective because we can go out and chat to the councils and then make social workers aware of jobs that match their skill set.

As a general rule, most local authorities and councils will look for social workers with around 2 to 3 years of post-qualifying experience. The reason for this is that it shows a council that this candidate has worked long enough to have dealt with almost every scenario that social work can throw at them. However, in certain circumstances such as increased demand, councils will consider social workers that have just 12 months experience.

Gloucestershire County Council offers full-time contracts at 37 hours. TOIL can be taken as appropriate but must be approved. Mileage from journeys from the office and back can also be claimed back at the rate of 45p a mile as can parking. For people that take journeys over 60 miles a day (round trip) the council will contribute 20p a mile for every mile over the initial 60 miles. Additional benefits can include accommodation if necessary and this is up to £25 a night.

We work hard at Portman Recruitment to cultivate an atmosphere and culture where candidates feel comfortable picking up the phone and giving us a ring. We don’t care how long you’ve been in the social work role – whether it’s been 2 hours, 2 days or 2 weeks. If you’ve got a problem then please call your dedicated consultant. We want to hear from you so that we can solve the problem there and then but also put a plan in place to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Since day one, Portman Recruitment has been working to an ethos that involves going ‘above & beyond’ for our candidates and clients. This ethos and way of working ensure we are ahead of our competitors at all times because we’re willing to go the extra mile for the clients that we care so dearly about. We’re just a call away and if they’re not answered we endeavour to get back to you the same day.

Our level of service is something that you’ll struggle to find at other social work recruitment agencies. From the moment prospective clients walk through the door, they recognise that Portman Recruitment does things a little differently. In fact, we often get comments about how supportive and understanding we are. Our belief is that the candidate comes first, we care about them and their worries and concerns. People who work with Portman Recruitment are not just another number on a spreadsheet – they have ambitions and they’ll face challenges. Our job is to ensure we match those ambitions and limit those challenges or help them through it.

A real testament to us is that social workers who have left us for permanent roles elsewhere will often ring us and ask us how we’re getting on. We also do as much as we can to ensure that we go out and see people as much as possible with onsite visits and occasional team meals out!

Social workers working with Portman Recruitment for Gloucestershire County Council are paid weekly via their requested payroll company. We also operate an in-house PAYE scheme should someone want to use that to ensure they’re never out of pocket.

Living in Gloucestershire and working for Gloucestershire County Council offers a great work-life balance. On your days off, experience stunning locations like Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and Cheltenham all set among the backdrop of the picturesque Cotswolds.

Residents of Gloucestershire truly appreciate and understand the hard work that social workers do, after all, the work you do is integral to a functioning society. Gloucestershire County Council also works hard to provide the people of the county with high-quality services like bin collection, road maintenance and transportation.

Our honest and transparent way of working is a welcome change for our clients, compared to other agencies. We truly care and respect the role of social workers, understand how difficult it can be and know that we need to be there. We work hard to keep in touch with our clients through regular phone calls and our recruitment officers cultivate relationships with their clients that last way beyond the time they are with us at Portman Recruitment.

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