Banner image featuring social worker with a quote about working for South Gloucestershire Council 'We're encouraged to bring new skills, learning and experience into our work'
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Banner with social worker providing quote about working for South Gloucestershire Council 'My manager recognises the work that I'm doing'
Louise 2021-10-21T13:51:34+01:00

Louise - team manager, localitiesI chose South Glos for the opportunities says Louise, a Team Manager in one of our locality teams at South Gloucestershire Council. 

‘I was quite happy in my job with another Local Authority, but I’m the type of person who is always looking to stretch myself and Id heard that if I wanted development and challenge, South Gloucestershire was the place to go.’ 

Initially it was the chance to manage a bigger team and to experience a broader range of cases which appealed to Louise, but having worked at South Gloucestershire for three years now, she has realised what opportunity really means when you’re working in children’s social work. 

Being put forward for Firstline was fantastic experience. 

It’s a brilliant course and I learnt so much from spending time with children’s services managers at other councils, but beyond that, all of us at South Glos who have attended have built a really strong bond between us. Weve formed a ‘managing from the middle’ group, which meets every month to talk cases, to bounce ideas around and just to be there for each other when we need support. 

 ‘Earlier in the year as a group we discussed if there were ways we could make our service more inclusive to better support young people from a BlackAsian and Minority Ethnic background. One of our fellow managers haa few ideas and senior managers have encouraged him to spend time investigating how we take this forward. 

‘South Gloucestershire has been a great place for me to develop myself personally, but more importantly than that, it’s fantastic working for an authority where you know that the investment in you will make a real difference for children and young people.’

Our staff say...

Being a relatively small authority, we have strong connections with services managers and heads of service.

Tim
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I’m always looking to stretch myself and I’d heard that if I wanted development and challenge, South Gloucestershire was the place to go.

Louise
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My manager has always helped me to find the time to continue my learning

JP
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As a newly qualified I feel I’m trusted to take charge of my work, but at the same time am fully supported.

Callum
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I feel safe and reassured. My manager is knowledgeable and approachable, knows my cases and children and has my back.

Claire
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There’s a great team spirit, which I think is due in no small part to the relationships we have with our managers and service managers.

Sarah
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I felt really supported from day one. There’s a great team spirit and a culture where our skills, experience and expertise are recognised.

Bonny
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