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“There is better targeting to reach and meet the needs of the most vulnerable communities and families, which is resulting in better outcomes for these people.” – Ofsted report, 2015

Peterborough is a great place to build your career as a social worker, with excellent quality of life on your doorstep.

Peterborough’s social care team is close knit and friendly; you will work face-to-face every day with your social worker colleagues. From 2018, the social care team will be moving to a brand new purpose built building designed for agile working, allowing social workers to easily interact with other members of the team as and when they need to.

Peterborough is also one of four local authorities implementing the innovative Hertfordshire Family Safeguarding model, which was tested initially in Hertfordshire after a £4.8 million investment from the government. The model brings together a blend of children’s social workers and adult professionals to provide a more holistic and efficient method of care which gives social workers more control. For more information about the project and its outcomes so far, click here to read the government’s report.

Click here to read a brief description of how family safeguarding is being implemented in Hertfordshire.

Children’s services social workers play a vital role in our dynamic and culturally diverse city. Peterborough’s rapid growth is creating significant challenges within our inner city environment. There are high levels of deprivation here, with around 24 per cent of children living in poverty. The population is changing too, with immigration at high levels and more than 120 languages now spoken within the city.

Whilst Peterborough has a great deal to offer the average resident, day-to-day life for some of its people can be a real challenge. Demand for intervention from social care is high and in Children’s Services our Assessment teams field around 840 enquiries per month.

Because of the challenges at hand, our social workers are given competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package. We work hard to support these important teams and pride ourselves on the collaborative environment within the Council.

In this section you can find out more about the different teams that make up children’s social care and the current vacancies across the city.

The Children’s Services team is led by two heads of service, focusing on each stage of our work.