We believe that the children of Cornwall deserve the best. When you join us, you’ll be changing their lives for the better, as well as your own. If you understand and believe in humane, relationship-based social work with children and families, we offer the opportunity to develop your social work career in an innovative and ambitious children’s service in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
Social workers in Cornwall play a leading role in delivering effective, integrated, frontline services, that safeguard the welfare of the most vulnerable children and young people in Cornwall. They work in multi-disciplinary teams and in partnership with colleagues from different professions and agencies.
Our Children’s Services were inspected by Ofsted in October 2019 under the framework of the Inspection of Local Authority Children’s Service (ILACS). Our overall rating of 'Outstanding' places Cornwall’s children’s social care service in the top 10% of services nationally despite lower levels of funding and significantly higher levels of deprivation than most.
We have developed and embedded a strong learning and performance culture which has enabled our performance, direction and approach to be maintained through the Covid-19 pandemic. We remain committed to continuously improving practice and service delivery- ‘building on outstanding,’ whilst also adapting and strengthening our teams’ resilience with enhanced support and flexible working practices during the pandemic.
We encourage and enable our best practitioners to stay in practice and reward them for their expertise and commitment to work directly with children and families. We are committed to creating a healthy balance between your work life and your personal life.
We will also support your career progression and ongoing development through our outstanding Career and Qualification pathway and core curriculum, recognised by Ofsted, offering a high quality programme of learning to enhance your skills and practice. A competitive starting salary and the opportunity to increase your pay further as you progress.
We can provide flexible working opportunities, including part-time hours and homeworking; sponsorship for eligible social work candidates, plus relocation support of up to £8,000 for candidates relocating to Cornwall.
Our Social Work Teams
The multi-agency Early Help Hub is the single point of contact for professionals and families to request more than 20 health and early help services.
Our Multi-Agency Referral Unit (MARU) is the single point of contact for social care referrals.
Family Assessment & Support Teams receive referrals from the MARU, are locality based and work with children and their families to assess support needs.
Stand up to Social Work
We know that our achievements are down to front line practitioners and managers, working directly with children and families. It’s their values, commitment, professional skills and hard work that make the difference. Our success is also down to good partnership working. You can’t deliver good children’s services without other agencies. It’s also down to the way we work with children and young people, parents’ and carers. In fact, they give us many of the ideas for our best work and most innovative and effective services.
“Social workers have a very good understanding of the children they work with; they visit them regularly and ensure that their needs are holistically well considered.” (OFSTED 2019)
Our Strategic Director, Meredith Teasdale oversees Together for Families, the name for children's services run by Cornwall Council. This includes children's community health, education and social care.
We work with our partners who may provide for other services for children and young people under a plan called One Vision.
Ben Davies is our Service Director for Cornwall’s Children and Family Services, responsible for the full range of children’s social care services delivered by the Council as well as the Council lead for safeguarding children and the Agency Decision Maker for adoption and fostering.
Messages from our Directors
Children and Family Services Together for Families
"Together for Families has a strong child-centred, family focused culture that is based on finding strengths. It is the best place I have worked with staff who go the extra mile always to improve outcomes for our children and their families”.
Children and Family Services Together for Families
"We have a service approach and culture which supports and empowers professional judgement, and where we invest in our people to develop their skills and capabilities to make a real difference to children and families. Our people are amazing- our biggest asset."
I am the Service Director for Cornwall’s Children and Family Services. I am responsible for the full range of children’s social care services delivered by the Council including our Family Hub services, Early Help, Family Assessment and Support, Child Protection and Children in Care. I am also the Council lead for safeguarding children and the Agency Decision Maker for adoption and fostering.
I am proud to be a registered Social Worker with Social Work England having gained an MA and Diploma in Social Work from Nottingham University in 2001. Since then, I have 20 years of professional social work experience working with vulnerable children and families at all levels, across the full range of children’s social care services and in different settings including a Youth Offending Service and the Voluntary and Community Sector. I completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Systemic Family Therapy with the Institute of Family Therapy in 2006, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Service Commissioning with the Institute of Local Government at Birmingham University in 2018.
I joined Cornwall in 2013. Moving to live and work in Cornwall was the best decision I have ever made! We have a service approach and culture which supports and empowers professional judgement, and where we invest in our people to develop their skills and capabilities to make a real difference to children and families. Our people are amazing- our biggest asset. It is an honour to serve them as Service Director, and when I look at the brilliant work happening with families across the service I am in awe of their commitment and expertise.
Cornwall’s children’s services are now in the top 10% of local authorities in the country. I share the ambition of everyone in Children and Family Services to maintain and build on our performance and achievements. We are not complacent- we intend to continue to improve. The children of Cornwall have the right to expect the very best of us.
We work incredibly hard in Cornwall but it is amazing to be able to get a balance of outdoor lifestyle and professional challenge, which makes Cornwall so special.
If you’re inspired to make a vital contribution to children and families in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, we’d love to hear from you. For more information see our current vacancies for the latest opportunities.