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Children's Social Care

Rethink our children’s futures…

Keeping the children and young people of Buckinghamshire safe and healthy is at the heart of everything we do.

It is our vision that each and every child has the best head start and the most positive futures ahead of them. Making sure that every child, whatever their situation, has the stability, the support and the belief to start thinking about their tomorrow.

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From welcome bonuses to great career progression, here are 8 reasons to bring your social work skills to Buckinghamshire.

  1. Golden hello - Newly Qualified Social Workers are eligible for a Golden Hello payment of £1,000 and experienced Social Workers and Social Work Managers joining us will receive £2,125 upon successful completion of your first 12 months
  2. Relocation package - Help with relocation costs up to £8,000
  3. Market factor pay - Salaries for experienced Social Workers include a 6% lift paid on a market factor basis to recognise the high demand for your skills
  4. A clear, structured career pathway with a comprehensive learning and development plan for every social worker. You will be fully supported by us to progress in your career at a pace that is right for you, with a dedicated learning and development team providing support all the way.
  5. Limited caseloads - A commitment that you will manage no more than 17-25 cases at any one time dependent on which part of the service you are in
  6. Our Social Work Academy and close links with Bucks New University mean you’ll benefit from the latest social work theory developments, master classes led by high profile social work academics and speakers and specialist training opportunities
  7. Car allowances – You’ll get £600 in car allowances per year, be eligible for our car purchase scheme and be entitled to free parking at both our Aylesbury and High Wycombe offices (on application)
  8. Right tools for the job – We make sure that you have the right tools to be able to the best job possible so all frontline social workers get an iPhone and laptop

Please note:

  • Market factor enhancement is reviewed each year
  • Golden hello payment is paid pro rata for part time hours

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Our Vision

Together…Keeping Children Safe.

In Buckinghamshire, we’re rethinking what tomorrow can bring for our communities. We’re driven to shape a better future for children, young people and families in our county.

So we're developing a whole system’s approach to Children’s Social Care.

For the children and families that we work with, this means a service that’s more adaptable, innovative and responsive to their needs.

And for you, it means more scope for professional growth, plus guaranteed support to bring about positive change where it really matters.

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We acknowledge that the road has been rocky over the past couple of years. So we have been busy delivering an ambitious development plan to meet the growing demands placed on our service and give all the county’s children the best start in life. 

We have already invested in more permanent staff, better technology, improved partnerships and new quality assurance processes.

We have a permanent leadership team in place with a clear focus on doing the right thing at the right time for children. 

We have developed a single point of contact for co-ordinated early help and social care. With partners, we have further developed our Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub to enhance joint decision making, and have a new Swan Unit focussing on CSE. 

Using a systemic approach, we have small units of social workers who focus on managing risk, building relationships and reflective practice with weekly group supervision.

Real change is taking hold – come be part of it.

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Run in collaboration with Bucks New University, our Academy programme supports our social workers in their continuing professional development.

The Social Work Academy runs masterclasses and pop-up events throughout the year and our AYSE and Practice Educators programmes are delivered through this partnership. Qualified social workers also have enhanced access to online resources around their specialist subject area. This partnership ensures that the training provided responds to the needs of our social workers, upskilling you and supporting you to apply the latest theory to practice.

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Growing our own social worker talent is a big priority and we invest in an impressive range of career development initiatives in order to make this happen. You will be on a clear, structured career pathway from day one, whether you are newly qualified or experienced. With 3 – 5 years in practice, you can expect to progress to be a Senior Social Worker. You can expect to be well looked after by our dedicated learning and development team as you progress in your social work career.

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First Response (Contact and MASH)

A single point of contact for all new referrals to social care and for advice on safeguarding concerns for children and young people

All referrals received by First Response will be screened by a Team Manager who will determine whether a referral needs to be progressed to a Children's Social Care Assessment Team for an assessment, or if the referral needs to be passed to an Early Help Panel for consideration of a coordinated Multi Agency approach for support.

Assessment Team

If a referred child is deemed to require an assessment, the child will be allocated a qualified Social Worker, who will undertake a social work assessment - this will include direct work with the child and family to inform the ongoing plan.

Children in Need

On the front-line, working in our communities with families, carers and children to protect and support those who need our help.

Children in Care

Responsible for children in need aged 18 and under, focusing on the long term outcomes for looked after children.


The Catch team offers a flexible and responsive service to families and young people(11-17) in crisis, where there is either an immediate or imminent likelihood that the young person will need to be accommodated.

Junior CATCH

Junior CATCH provides a flexible and crises response service, working closely with children and families where there is a risk or perceived risk of children becoming accommodated by the Local Authority. 

Fostering & Adoption

Undertake the formal assessment of carers and presentation to our fostering and adoption panels as well as carer supervision and support, household reviews and carer support groups.

After Care Team

This specialist team is involved in the delivery of a service to young people entering adulthood.

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Here’s what you might not know about Buckinghamshire…

  • We’re helping to make people more aware of the signs of CSE with our joint campaign ‘RUWise2it?
  • 1 in 10 children in Buckinghamshire live in poverty
  • Buckinghamshire faces significant challenges tackling Child Sex Exploitation & Islamist radicalisation
  • We’re investing in developing the UK’s third Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC)
  • Willy Wonka, the BFG, Matilda… Roald Dahl created his most famous characters in Buckinghamshire

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