Shropshire Council

Step Up To Social Work

Do you want to make a real difference in people’s lives? Become a social worker in children’s social care.

The West Midlands Step Up to Social Work programme is an intense and demanding, yet hugely rewarding, full-time training programme leading to a PG diploma in social work to start your career as a children’s social worker in 14 months.

This is a full-time, fast track course running from January 2020 to March 2021. You'll receive a tax-free bursary of over £19,000 towards your living costs and any child care arrangements. All course fees are paid. There is an expectation that at the end of your course you will practice within one of the regional partnerships in a children’s setting for at least two years.

If you'd like more information please email jill.stephenson@stoke.gov.uk

The application window is open from 4 February to 18 March 2019.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply you'll need:

  • A minimum 2:1 honours degree qualification
    or
  • A minimum 2:2 honours degree plus a higher degree at level 7 or above (which can include a master’s degree or a postgraduate certificate)
    and
  • At least six months of experience of working with vulnerable children, young people and families
  • English/maths GCSE qualifications at grade C or above and provide evidence of this, or equivalent

Why become a children’s social worker?

If you’re interested in making a difference to the lives of Shropshire’s children, a career in social work could be for you. Here, some of Shropshire Council’s current children’s social workers explain why social work is a great career to choose, why they chose to become social workers, and what they enjoy about their jobs.

Polly Chapman is a Step Up to Social Work student, currently on placement with us.

She says: “The experience has been great. I decided to do the Step Up course because I felt that I work be able to learn faster than on a traditional course, and I had the security of having a bursary. I’m currently on placement in Shropshire and hopefully that’s where I’ll be staying!”

“Step Up is chance to learn faster than a traditional course with the security of having a bursary. The experience has been great!”

Social worker Arsalan Mehmood, said:

“I’ve got the most rewarding job that you could have. Working with the children is a delightful experience, and every day I’m making a difference to children’s lives, making a positive change to the children and their families.”

Lee Williams is a senior social worker in the Initial Assessment Team.

He says: “Social work is a rewarding career. I’ve worked for Shropshire Council for five years, from a newly-qualified social worker to now a senior social worker. I enjoy working here because of the varied amount of work, and the training opportunities - in Shropshire you’re really able to implement your training into your practice, and morale is really good. It’s just a really good place to work.”

Social worker Hannah Roberts, says:

“I became a social worker because I wanted to make a difference... to make every child believe they could be someone.”

Chris Jones has been a social worker for 13 years.

She says: “I’ve worked in the Initial Assessment Team, in child protection, in child adolescent mental health, and now work with foster carers, supporting them with placements, and really enjoying the work.

“I like working with the foster carers from different ethnicities and backgrounds, some single carers, some married. I like helping support them with the children they have placed.”

Clare Jervis, a social worker for ten years, works within fostering team.

She says: “In terms of a career opportunity Shropshire is definitely the place to be. During the last ten years I’ve had a variety of jobs, but I’m currently a permanency coordinator based in the Fostering Team. I really like it because it’s a brand new role with the opportunity to ensure permanency for our looked-after children, which is a top priority in Shropshire at the moment.”

Abbie Yawsachie is a student social worker on placement with the disabled children’s team.

She says: “I had my first placement on the adoptions team. I wanted to be a social worker because, while working in residential, I realised that lots of children had different lives to me and different upbringings, and I really took an interest in that. I also used to see social workers coming in and I thought ‘that looks really good, I’d love to do something like that, to be able to make a difference’. And that’s why I’m here!”

Bethany Wilson is a student social worker in the Case Management Team.

She says: “I used to be a primary school teacher and a lot of the children in my class were involved with social services, and I just felt that I wasn’t able to give them the best education I could because of the problems they were facing at home – so I wanted to be part of a team that could help those children and improve their outcomes for the future. And that’s why I chose to be a social worker.”

Georgia Pomroy, is also a student social worker in the Case Management Team.

She says: “I came into social work after doing a degree in criminology. I took a real interest in wanting to work with people and not just be sat behind a desk. I really wanted to work with children and young people and to be able to give something back to the community – and to watch children fulfil their true potential. Being able to do that is why I Iove the job so much and why I’d recommend it.”