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How we work

We want Dorset to be the best place to be a child; where communities thrive, and children and families are happy and able to be the best they can be.  

We are in a privileged position in being able to positively impact life chances of our Dorset children, and we want the best for our children and our families. Our jobs may at times be difficult – but we all want our children, young people and families to succeed, to thrive, and to have pride in themselves, their families and their communities.

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Our approach

Our approach is:   

  • collaborative – we want to work with our communities, not do things for or to them
  • strength based – we work with people, building relationships and resilience by focusing on strengths not problems and preservation of family and community
  • restorative – we want to stop harm and repair relationships 

Our service delivery model

Our service delivery model has the following design principles:

  • children, young people and families are central to everything we do – their voices will codesign services and drive their plans
  • we will focus on getting it right first time proactively providing early help as needs arise 
  • our services will be rooted in communities, be easy to access, and delivered by multi-professional teams  
  • we will provide good quality, efficient services that reduce bureaucracy for staff and families and reduce ‘hand offs’ between professionals
  • we will measure our success on how we have made life better for children and young people 
  • we will operate one children's services leadership approach based on trust, accountability, and valuing employees.  Our skilled and confident workforce will be well trained, supported and enabled to take decisions and operate effectively within a clear accountability structure  
  • we will always learn and strive to improve so we can deliver better outcomes for children and young people 
  • we will be digital by default and deliver services only where we are required by law, and where we can do this more effectively and more efficiently than anyone else


We want the council to be a place where we:

  • recognise that our colleagues are the organisation’s greatest asset
  • find our work rewarding and can see the difference we make to the lives of Dorset residents
  • are supported to develop ourselves, enhance our skills and increase our knowledge
  • value diverse backgrounds, skills and personalities
  • respect everyone’s rights and dignity
  • develop a positive working culture that is flexible, responsive and enhances the health and wellbeing of our employees
  • have access to the resources and support we need to do our work effectively
  • take responsibility for our work and the outcomes we deliver
  • listen to others’ views and we recognise their contribution
  • work as one team to achieve our shared goals

Careers in Children's Social Work

Name: Paula Golding - Strategic Lead for Recruitment and Retention
Tel: 01202 868237
Full contact details for Careers in Children's Social Work

Careers in Children’s Services

Name: Angie Twelves, HR Business Partner
Tel: 01305 221581
Full contact details for Careers in Children’s Services

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