Children and Family Social Worker Careers Page
When you practice in Milton Keynes, you join a local authority with an innovative approach to social work and strong family support ethos, committed to supporting children, young people and their families who are facing challenges, and working with them to develop long lasting solutions so children can remain safely with their families.
Please scroll down the page to view our Children and Family Careers page which includes some inspiring interviews from our Children and Family Social Worker Team!
But please remember to click on the Register your interest button below and a member of our team will be in contact to discuss more about the great opportunities currently available.
- Consideration will be given to applicants for job share (shared caseload) or part time working.
- As a Children’s Social Worker you will be expected to hold a full UK driving licence.
For all roles listed on this page, please register your interest by clicking on the register now button.
Vacancies are available at the following levels:
- Social Worker L2 – £29,636 - £33,799 + 4K market supplement dependant on post.
- Social Worker L3 – £34,788 - £38,813 + 4K market supplement dependant on post.
- Senior Practitioner – £39,782 - £43,662 + 4K market supplement dependant on post
Please read our editorial story by Celebrate:MK
They say that if you find a job you love, you never have to work a day in your life.This saying certainly rings true for the cheerful team of Children and Family Social Workers from Milton Keynes Council.
There is no doubt that the job of a Social Worker is extremely challenging, working with people and families to support them through difficult times and ensuring that vulnerable people are safeguarded from harm.But it is clear that MK Council’s management structure, career and training opportunities and the support given to employees provides the Children and Family staff with everything they need to flourish and enjoy their roles.
Vikki Blakeston, Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Manager, explained…
“I’ve been working at Milton Keynes Council for 30 years and I wouldn’t work anywhere else. We work under a family support ethos if we can, rather than going to Child Protection, which is a very different philosophy to other local authorities.
“When you talk to social workers that come to Milton Keynes from other authorities – and we have many – the difference in the way they were supervised, managed and trained is very different.
“Here they find there is a very clear structure of management line responsibility, there is always someone to talk to and somebody in that room to support them to make a decision.
“The training is wide-ranging and is much more colourful than other local authorities. You can find specific, expert training if you have a specialism within your social work practice.
“And we have no problem with social workers moving from one part of the system to another to broaden their experience – we encourage it!
“Once agency workers experience Milton Keynes they tend to apply for a permanent post, which has contributed to a reduction in agency staff to below 10% of our workforce, this goes to show that a career with our Children and Family Team is far more rewarding than the kind of money Social Workers can earn as a locum.
“One of our neighbouring authorities functions on about 50% of agency staff, but once you come to MK you want to stay!”
Sharon Godfrey commutes from Bedfordshire for her role as Corporate Parenting Team Manager…
She said: “It’s a bit like a family as everyone knows everybody, so people tend to stay.
“I could work closer to home but there are so many perks to working in MK.
“The road infrastructure is really good, it’s good for shopping and we’re centrally based at the council so we can go out and shop in our lunch hour!
“Our salary scales aren’t a lot different to many of the London boroughs and we offer a market supplement to our social workers, so people get an extra £4,000 on top of their salary. There’s also a very lucrative pension.
“We promote flexible working too so it supports people’s lifestyle, including mums or fathers who have maybe taken a work-break because they’ve had children. It gives them a chance to come back into a career or even work around their home life”
Celebrate:MK also interviewed Corporate Parenting Team Social Workers Tara Daily and Graham Taylor-Paddick, who commute to MK from Northampton and Aylesbury respectively…
Graham was beaming with pride after helping a troubled young MK man fulfil his dream of joining the Army.
He said: “I’ve only been working with him a few months but in that time I’ve been able to build a really good relationship with him.
“He’s invited me to his passing out parade, so I’ll be going up to see that. I think he really appreciates the help I’ve given him.
“I’ve worked for archaic local authorities in the past but in Milton Keynes things get done a lot quicker and more efficiently – we can even receive clinical supervision if we want, which is fantastic.
Tara Daily is a young Social Worker in the corporate parenting team at Milton Keynes Council. Tara commutes from Northampton for her role but she explains why she will stick around for a long time in MK…
“As a newly-qualified social worker in Milton Keynes you aren’t just thrown into it, there’s a lot of support.
I have a case-load of 10 and in three months’ time I’ll have another two, then I keep getting another two every three months until I reach my full case-load of 18.
The support I receive within the team is really good and I have supervision every two weeks.
I find the supervision really useful, not just in respect of the cases, but on a personal level too.
The training I have been on is really good and when I speak to my manager and suggest other training options I’m always encouraged to do it, which is a good thing when I’m starting out in my career.
I see myself staying at Milton Keynes Council for a long time”
There are also some fantastic benefits when you work for us:
- Protected caseloads and independent clinical supervision.
- Up to £8K relocation package (subject to qualifying criteria).
- MK Advantage benefits package – a range of savings including retail, travel and leisure discounts as well as a suite of salary sacrifice benefits.
- Local Government CARE pension scheme, considered to be one of the best and with an employer contribution rate of 19.7%
- A generous minimum holiday entitlement of 27 days per year in addition to statutory and public holidays, rising to 31 days after 5 years.
- A full range of family friendly policies including enhanced Maternity, Adoption and Paternity entitlements.
- Career progression and relevant training and development opportunities including our excellent in house management development programmes.
- Agile and remote working options either mobile (iPad provided) or from home making the most of technology to work in a more efficient way.
- 89% of the Children and Family team at Milton Keynes staff are permanent Social Workers
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Last Updated: 18 April 2019