Children and Families
Welcome to the Families First Service - I am pleased you have decided to find out more about a possible career with us.
The Children Act 2004 and the Government's Every Child Matters agenda both represent a national shift towards closer working between all agencies and services for children and families. A career with Staffordshire County Council at such an exciting and challenging time would mean you are right at the forefront of improving the lives of children and young people.
We aim particularly to improve the outcomes of children and young people who are at risk of abuse and neglect, including those who are being cared for away from their families in our foster placements and residential homes.
We also provide preventative services to families with children in need of support, which calls for close working with colleagues in early years, schools, health agencies, and youth offending settings.
In addition, service expansion in recent years has allowed us to provide improved services to children with disabilities and young people leaving the care system, and family support services to prevent children entering the care system.
Our people are our greatest resource and work in some of the most difficult situations with families under great stress. But the work can be very rewarding - knowing you are making a real, important difference to the lives of people in need can count for a great deal.
Our workforce strategies take a high priority and are very important to us. We have an excellent staff development programme and good practice is recognised and rewarded in the directorate.
So, whether you are newly qualified looking for your first post or an experienced professional looking to develop your career, I hope you find the following information useful in making your decisions about the way forward. We look forward to hearing from you.
Head of Families First