Application form

Please complete all parts of the application form, quoting the job reference number and carefully considering the requirements of the job description, person specification and our behaviours.

The job description describes the role and responsibilities of the job. It will give the main purpose of the job and will list all the tasks and duties which you will have to perform if you are appointed.

The person specification tells you what skills, knowledge and experience a person ideally has to be able to do the job. The person specification lists these requirements in terms of 'essential' and 'desirable' criteria.

The application form is the main source of information used to decide whether you will be selected for further consideration. You should demonstrate that you meet all of the essential criteria, so do make sure that you clearly show how you meet each item. Decisions on who to invite for interview are made by comparing what you put on your application form with what we have asked for in the person specification.

You will need to detail your full employment history, including the reason for any gaps in employment, within your application form. The gaps in employment will be discussed with you if you are selected for interview.


Please note - we are not able to accept CV’s or testimonials in place of an application form as we need the same range of information from all candidates.


You will need to give the names and addresses of two people who can provide references for you. One must be your current employer or last employer if you are currently unemployed. If you have worked for your current employer for less than six months then you must attach details of your previous employer. The other referee cannot be related to you in any way.

If you have worked for another local authority employer within the last five years then this must be detailed on your application form and we will seek to obtain references from these employers.

For positions which are subject to the National Minimum Standards for Children’s Homes all employers within the last 5 years will be contacted to confirm employment details.

For information regarding how your data is used please refer to our privacy notice.

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