Herefordshire Council

Welcome to Herefordshire Council’s Children’s Services. When we get involved in the life of a child, our priority is to make sure our social workers have the support, time and resources they need to provide an excellent quality of service – the kind of service we ourselves would wish to receive.  Find out more about our teams, culture and area here.

 

In the financial year 2022/23, the Council has committed to invest an additional £11.49m in Children’s Services to ensure we offer the highest and most consistent levels of service and support to children and young people that we can.

Working and Living in Herefordshire

Ninety five per cent of Herefordshire County is rural, with areas of outstanding natural beauty like the Wye Valley, and scenic areas such as the Hills of Herefordshire and the Golden Valley.

 

 

In addition to our outstanding natural environment, there are a number of attractive towns including Hereford, Leominster, Hay-on-Wye, Ross-on-Wye and Ledbury. The county is a hub for literature, the arts and crafts, with annual international events within easy reach.

 

 

Our organic produce is amongst the best that can be found. Attainment and achievement in our schools is above the national average, and our communities have lower-than-average crime levels.

Getting to Herefordshire

While enjoying active town and country locations, Herefordshire is far from remote. London can be reached direct in under three hours, Birmingham in under 90 minutes, Cardiff in just over an hour and Manchester in just over two hours. Check out a train map of our location:

Paul Walker - Chief Executive of Herefordshire Council

“We’re investing in our people and culture to grow The Spirit of Herefordshire – A place to thrive, for both our community and employees.” – Paul Walker, Chief Executive of Herefordshire Council.

Our priorities

We aim to attract people who are innovative, committed, professional, and take pride in working towards our priorities and making Herefordshire a better county to live, work and visit in line with our County Plan.

 

 

Our ambitions are to:

 

 

  • Protect and enhance our environment and keep Herefordshire a great place to live
  • Strengthen communities to ensure everyone lives well and safely together
  • Support an economy which builds on the county’s strengths and resources

 

Our children and family services deliver a wide range of support to local families. Through partnership working we have a Children and Families Strategic Improvement Plan, which guides our improvement processes and will help us to achieve a good Ofsted rating.

 

 

The wellbeing and safety of Herefordshire’s children and young people is at the very heart of everything we do. Working closely with our partners in the police, health, schools, voluntary organisations and commissioned services enables us to get the right services at the right time to make a positive difference to those who are vulnerable and need our help and support.

Values

Treating people fairly, with compassion, respect and dignity.

Striving for excellence, and the appropriate quality of service, care and life in Herefordshire.

Being open, transparent and accountable.

Working in partnership and with all our diverse communities.

Actively listening to, understanding and taking into account people’s views and needs.

Protecting and promoting our outstanding natural environment and heritage for the benefit of all.

We are looking for candidates who put PEOPLE at the heart of everything we do when we recruit. Our PEOPLE values are:

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C&YP Team Structure

Within the Children and Young People Directorate, we have a number of dedicated and multi-disciplinary teams that support children, young people, families and carers.

 

These include MASH, Safeguarding & Review, Assessment, Child Protection, Children In & Leaving Care, Early Help, Family Support, Social Care Skills Academy and Fostering, including a range of fostering schemes.

 

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Working in Herefordshire

In addition to receiving regular supervision and support with your caseload, we try to encourage a culture of continuous learning and coaching.

 

We focus not just on your current career and professional aspirations, but also on how your career may progress in the longer term.

Interested in learning more about working at Herefordshire Council? Click here to search our range of careers.

We offer 25 days’ annual leave (pro rata) plus bank holidays. After five years’ continuous service, this increases to 30 days (pro rata) plus bank holidays. There are no set dates where you have to take annual leave days.

This is our own employee reward platform.​ You will have access to a range of discounts including retail, supermarkets, cinema tickets and days out.

 

Plus there are cashback opportunities and other financial rewards.

 

You can save on everyday necessities or the occasional treat, and even share the discounts with your family and friends.

We offer all staff an excellent discounted membership package that can be used at any Halo Leisure Centre in the county.

We offer a generous relocation package, so you can work closer to the area that you are working hard to support, and enjoy living in an area which has so much to offer.

This is a valuable part of the pay and reward package, giving you a secure pension for the future along with the peace of mind from immediate life cover.

As an employer, we are fully committed to your wellbeing, and ensuring that you have and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

 

We do this by supporting you in the following areas below:

  • Health and wellbeing advice and guidance to include 24/7 access to an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Occupational health, including counselling and physiotherapy
  • Eye tests (subject to conditions)
  • Occupational sick pay
  • Mental health first aiders
  • Free subscription to the Headspace app
  • Bullying and harassment advisors
  • Cycle to work scheme offering discounts on bikes
  • Staff discounts at local cycle stores

In addition to direct support for your wellbeing, we offer a Flexible Futures scheme: we recognise that ways of working have changed and this is why we care about what you’re doing, not where.

We call this way of working Flexible Futures.

Through Flexible Futures we offer our staff a number of initiatives that support them in their flexible working choices along with creating agile office environments at a number of work locations across the county.

Key data

We have a genuine commitment to creating a working environment where people are valued for who they are, backed up by equalities policies covering all strands of diversity.

We will treat people fairly, with compassion, respect and dignity throughout our employment practices.

 

We believe that it is morally and legally right to do so. We have an active BAME Networking Group that connects staff together to provide support and advice. View our equality policy.

Read more about Herefordshire Council’s latest Ofsted report rating here.

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