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What's in it for you

We’re committed to providing you with a competitive range of benefits, including:

  • flexible working
  • part-time and job share opportunities
  • pay rises based on competency increments
  • learning, career development and progression and opportunities
  • protected CPD time and resources for social workers to enable you to keep a personal portfolio including personal access to Community Care inform

  • paid annual leave from 5 to 6.3 paid working weeks off per year and eight paid bank holidays
  • additional leave and other leave entitlements including:
    • unpaid parental leave
    • paid compassionate leave
    • paid time off for some medical appointments
    • a paid volunteering day per year
  • relocation scheme (if eligible)
  • family friendly policies including; enhanced maternity, adoption and paternity pay (above statutory provisions)
  • employee benefits scheme including access to the ‘Wider Wallet’ benefits portal with a range of discounts including; insurance, holidays and day to day purchases
  • salary sacrifice schemes including Child Care Vouchers, Cars and Bike to Work
  • membership to the Local Government Pension Scheme (which is a career average scheme)
  • health and well-being support with a dedicated Employee Well-being Team
  • a range of core and social work specific support, including My eCoach and our dedicated Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme for newly qualified social workers

Dorset Care Leavers

If you are a Dorset Care Leaver, and you meet the essential criteria for the job, we will guarantee you an interview.  Please let us know in your application form.


We’re committed to considering apprentice opportunities for all new recruits.  Apprenticeships will be at the forefront of our workforce strategy, and embedded as part of our learning culture.  

Appropriate opportunities for apprenticeships will be highlighted in our vacancies.

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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: Katie Honour, HR Business Partner
Tel: 01305 221615
Full contact details for Careers in Children’s Services


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