Welcome to our recruitment site for

children’s social care vacancies in Dudley






Dudley is now

“..focussed, ambitious

and creative”

Eleanor Brazil, Children’s Social Care Commissioner

DfE August 2016

“The local authority continues to make positive progress in improving services for children and young people.”

Ofsted 1November 2017

“Dudley is showing a firm commitment to drive improvements that will secure high quality children's services.”

DfE January 2018

“Dudley is “systematically and diligently addressing the actions in their improvement plan and this work is beginning to make a positive difference to children”

Ofsted 5 July 2017


Sue Ridney

Cabinet lead for children’s services, Dudley Council

Developing and investing in our children’s social care workforce is a key priority for Dudley Council.


In Dudley we are passionate about the wellbeing of our children, young people and families. Our vision is that Dudley borough is a place where children and young people thrive. Where each child gets a good start in life, where families are supported to be independent, responsible and successful and where the most vulnerable children are protected.


We recognise the importance of investing in our workforce and are committed to giving you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills through our learning and development offer provided by our innovative  and Ofsted-recognised Centre for Professional Practice


If you want to be part of a forward thinking, dynamic children’s service, which cares for and actively supports its staff and really does want to work together with its  workforce to change children and families lives for the better, then please do take a look at our current roles and vacancies on offer.

Martin Samuels

Strategic Director for People, Dudley Council


Dudley is an ambitious local authority and a great place to develop your career.  Our transformed children’s services put children’s needs at the very heart of all that we do and we are looking for passionate, dedicated and determined social workers to join new teams and help us deliver better outcomes for the children and families we serve.



Alongside our learning and development offer, through our Centre for Professional Practice, we have developed a career pathway for all social workers.  Our well established programme supports not only newly qualified social workers but also invests in continuing professional development including through our membership of Research in Practice.


This offer is proving to be a progressive and exciting path for staff that is swiftly seeing performance improvements and innovations that are making big differences to our children, young people and families.


Our reshaped council and reshaped service offers a great opportunity for you to influence and develop as we accelerate the pace of change. We want the best people to travel with us and to reap the rewards along the way.


Take a look at our key successes.



Key successes

  • There is a well-established, cross agency, cross party, independently chaired and effective Children Services Improvement Board
  • The Department of Education endorsed Dudley’s direction of travel; permitted to retain council control over Children’s Services
  • There have been six positive OFSTED monitoring visits in October 2016, February and June, September 2017, February 2018 and May 2018
  • A fully staffed and permanent leadership team is in place
  • There has been an 18% reduction in the use of agency staff
  • Average caseloads for social workers have reduced
  • Staff have been supportive and positive about the changes made
  • This year saw the introduction of the Children Services Practice Week
  • The Early Help strategy has been launched and is having immediate impact with evidence of reduced demand for statutory services
  • The Children Looked After population has reduced by over 9% and continues to have a downwards trajectory
  • Key performance indicators are improving across the board.
  • An annual celebration event for children looked after has been established
  • The fostering annual campaign is delivering new foster carers
  • The first Children and Young People’s Alliance Strategy has been launched
  • There are radical plans to create a new adoption agency
  • Staff awards are held annually

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