Application form

All our vacancies are advertised on our job site. For consistency we ask all applicants to complete an application form.

This should take no more than 5 minutes but you are welcome to spend more time on your application. We encourage you to write a supporting statement.

If you don’t see a role that matches what you’re looking for right now, please join our talent pool. Tell us about the type of roles you are interested in and we’ll notify you if they become available. Do keep an eye on our website as we frequently post new job openings that you might find interesting.

You can upload your CV and some fields will be automatically filled in for you. The hiring manager won’t see this CV. You will need to make sure that the information is correct and complete any missing fields. 

You can find a job description attached to every role. It will describe the job and list the tasks and duties which you will perform if you are successful.

The person specification shows the ideal skills, knowledge, and experience for the job. It separates these requirements into ‘essential’ and ‘desirable’ categories.

We shortlist against the person specification criteria. In the ‘supporting statement’, describe how your skills and experience meet the criteria. This can help you move to the next stage of the recruitment process. 


If references are required before interview, you will be asked to give the names and addresses of 2 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 6 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 in the past 5 years, you need to fill in the details on the form. We will request references from these employers. 

Some jobs must meet the National Minimum Standards for Children’s Homes. If you’re applying for such a job, we will need references. We will ask all your past employers from the last 5 years for these.