Working in Social Care

If you like working with people, social work and social care work can offer a worthwhile job that could turn into a rewarding career. 

We offer lots of opportunities covering a wide range of jobs and careers in all related social work and social care fields. We employ social workers, care workers and support staff in various capacities and our staff work with either children, young people and their families or adults.

Working with Children

Children's Social Care is responsible for assessing and meeting the needs of children in need, looked after children, care leavers and children subject to a Child Protection Plan. Children in need include disabled children, young carers and children who have been adopted. Social care for children and families provides help to families to enable them to meet the needs of their children. The service can provide support to families and more specialist help when it is required to enable children to be brought up and cared for within their own families.

The following services are available:

  • Protecting children is a key responsibility which relies upon working in partnership with children, parents and other organisations.
  • Providing care for children who, for whatever reason, cannot be cared for by their own families by, for example, finding them foster carers or a community home.
  • Assessing the needs of disabled children and young people. Co-ordinating short breaks, day care and outreach support.
  • Offering help and advice to families and carrying out work with young people who have committed crime.

Children's Social Work Matters

Children's social workers across the country are handling a record number of cases, with more than 74,000 children in Yorkshire and the Humber alone receiving their vital help and support in the last year. And now, in a unique two-year campaign, all 15 councils across Yorkshire and the Humber have united to make sure those standards of care will continue to improve for the most vulnerable local children. Under the banner of “Children’s Social Work Matters”, the campaign aims to attract new social workers to the country’s biggest region and raise industry standards for people already in the job.

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Working with Adults

We want people in Calderdale to have the freedom of choice, independence, dignity and confidence. Calderdale Council provides care and support services for adults in Calderdale, and works very closely with the NHS. Together, we've already integrated the services we deliver, both for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities. This shows our commitment to work together locally to make sure that we meet the needs of Calderdale's people as fully as possible.

We ensure that individuals and their families get the personal care, support, advice and information they need, so that:

  • Older people
  • People with physical disabilities and sensory impairments
  • People with learning disabilities
  • People with mental health problems

can take as much control as they want over their lives. We want to help them enjoy the best possible health and quality of life, and the opportunity to live as independently as possible, thanks to a supportive network of relationships.

There are six principles that direct all of our work on behalf of the people of Calderdale:

  1. We involve the public in planning and delivering services which meet their needs
  2. We work in partnership with other organisations
  3. We promote equality, choice, control, dignity and respect
  4. We use our resources well, to achieve the best for everyone
  5. We involve, listen to and learn from our staff
  6. We use the best information to keep improving people’s lives.