Cardiff Council

We, at Cardiff children’s services, are working to ensure that the rights of the child are at the heart of social work.


Cardiff is a vibrant, multi-cultural and expanding city that welcomes practitioners from all backgrounds and is committed to meeting the training and development needs of all staff. Join us to become part of that journey.

Children's Services

Cardiff children’s services offer a structured career pathway progression for all grades, so all staff have access to a range of opportunities to progress in the areas that they are skilled and interested in. As a newly qualified social worker, you will be supported through your first three years in practice to ensure that you complete the Continuous Professional Education and Learning (CPEL) consolidation programme and can thrive and develop in your role.


Upon your appointment at Cardiff, you will be assigned a team ‘buddy’ and an experienced practice lead mentor, who will be there every step of the way to ensure you can develop at a pace right for you through formal and informal supervision.

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Our Teams

Cardiff Children Services has a diverse range of roles. They include early help and prevention services, statutory intervention services such as the front-door MASH team, intake and assessment. Practitioners complete wellbeing and section 47 assessments and there are long-term social work locality teams that manage care and support and child protection cases, substitute care teams (adoption and fostering), the reunification team and many more.


Cardiff children’s services have a strong focus on multi-disciplinary work whereby Cardiff practitioners have access to specialist partner teams, such as the integrated family support service. The service has its own, well-developed intervention hub with social work teams that are skilled in dealing with domestic abuse, mental health and substance misuse cases.


Cardiff children’s services are proud to also have social work practitioners who operate in the family drug and alcohol court, based in the city centre. The service is the first in Wales to have this needs-led court, to help achieve good outcomes for children and families.

The MASH is a multi-agency service that is the gateway to our statutory teams, with presence from a variety of partners, including the police and health.


Within this service, we undertake all statutory work, including, section 47 investigations, and liaise closely with other professionals to safeguard children and families.


Intake and assessment is a fast-paced and exciting service, and due to Cardiff’s demography, the work is diverse and progressive. Practitioners undertake wellbeing and section 47 assessments, and provide short term interventions to support families to increase safety within the home. Practitioners hold cases for a short period of time; long-term work is generally transferred at the first planning meeting.


The teams are on a duty rota for one week in every three, meaning you can plan and record your work in a structured and organised way.


Social workers may also be involved in care and private law proceedings.  Cardiff intake and assessment teams are established with experienced staff who support each other during challenging times. Cardiff works creatively under the Signs of Safety model for the best possible outcomes for families.


Age assessments for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are also undertaken within the team. The growing pressures on families, due to societal demands, has seen an increase in domestic violence, drug and alcohol misuse and mental and emotional dysregulation for children and families. To support with these presenting needs, the service has looked to develop key roles and partnerships to address these challenges right from the front door.

The pre-birth team undertakes pre-birth assessments, reviews the support required by parents and assesses what next steps need to be taken where there are either safeguarding or care and support needs.

children's social worker

Support 4 Families is the statutory element of our care and support services and the next step up from early help and preventive services or step down from care and support plan cases in the locality. The services provides intensive, targeted support to families in need of care and support.

Hear From Us

Benefits of working in Cardiff


  • A generous annual leave entitlement, starting at 27 days per year to a maximum of 32 days per year after five years, with the option to purchase additional annual leave to a maximum of 10 days.


  • Our working culture is flexible, with a flexi scheme allowing you to work to a schedule that suits you.


  • Hybrid working – supporting you to flexibly deliver your role whether on visits, from an office or your home.


This is just some of what Cardiff has to offer. Take a look at our social work website for more information about all our benefits and to hear from some of our social workers about why Cardiff is the place to be.

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The City

Cardiff has been named one of the top 10 most affluent cities in Britain in new figures that have laid bare a phenomenal rise in the number of UK millionaires. The Welsh capital is ranked ahead of major English urban centres, including Manchester and Liverpool, in research by banking giant Barclays.

Living in Cardiff

Cardiff is less than two hours from London by train, with services every 30 minutes. Cardiff also has direct routes to Bristol, Bath, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, and other main towns and cities. Cardiff Central Station is conveniently located in the city centre, close to many hotels and top attractions like the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle.

For information on trains within Wales visit Transport For Wales. For travel to Cardiff from London, Bristol, Bath, Southampton, Portsmouth and Exeter, visit Great Western Railway; and for travel to Cardiff from across the UK, see National Rail.

The city of Cardiff is a great choice for your social work career; it’s vibrant and affordable, with an excellent quality of life and international reputation.


The city boasts a varied mix of cultural sights, nightlife, shopping, world-class sporting venues and first-class facilities and amenities. We also have more green space per person than any of the UK core cities.

If you want to escape city life, we’re only a 30-minute drive to the Brecon Beacons National Park and a short distance from many of South Wales’ beautiful and unspoiled beaches.

To find out more about Cardiff, head to Visit Cardiff.

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