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Looking for a career in social work?

Then look no further than Bolton Council! Whether its working with older adults, in mental health services or with children and families, we have a role for you. With around 30 different support teams, we have everything you are looking for to develop your career in social work. 

As a council, we recognise the importance of putting our people - residents, businesses, staff and visitors - at the centre of everything we do. That’s why we want you to join the Bolton Family.

Our offer to you

A competitive package

Outstanding support from experienced managers
A manageable workload
Reflective supervision
High-quality training
The opportunity to build on your strengths

Our ASYE Programme

Our ASYE programme ensures that Newly Qualified Social Workers are provided with wrap-around support, guidance and nurture from a dedicated ASYE lead, Principle Social Work team, experienced colleagues and Managers. We aim to provide you with the foundation in which you can build upon your knowledge and skills as you progress through your career.

As part of the ASYE programme, you will be provided with reflective group supervision and 1-1 reflective supervision, training and development days throughout the year. You will have a visible ASYE lead who will provide informal and formal support for you and is always on hand to help.

Our Children's Services are Ofsted-rated "Good" with a "stable and determined children’s senior leadership team is supported by elected members who have continued to invest in children’s services, with a shared ethos of improving outcomes for Bolton’s vulnerable children and children in care" and where "children’s voices are central in planning". 

What our social workers say...

"Colleagues and management are a work family that unite throughout every emotion experienced in social care"
"I could not see myself working anywhere else. I love that we can make a difference to the young people and families within the borough"
"If you are thinking of applying to work at Bolton you would be fully supported, your development promoted, and you would be recognised for the work that you do"
a social worker making a presentation in front of a screen
Craig Porter - My Social Work Story

Before I worked in social work I was a substance misuse worker in Bolton for 6 years and prior to that I worked for Bolton Probation within the magistrates court.  Following a restructure, I was made redundant and seized the opportunity to complete my Masters in Social Work. 

I chose to pursue a career in social work because first-hand experience of working with social workers had given me an insight into the work required and I had developed a range of skills from my previous employment that I felt suited this type of career change. I completed a motivational interviewing course which enabled me to work more productively with service users helping them to make the necessary changes to improve lifestyles. 

This role has allowed me to witness service users making positive changes creating more positive outcomes for themselves and their families. Working in social work in the public sector provides job stability and family-friendly working arrangements. From the commencement of my social worker journey, I have had great support and I’ve been able to develop in the role at a gradual pace and really consolidate my learning.

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