Social work needs you!

Help recruit tomorrow’s social workers today!

Aged 13- 21? Want to volunteer?
Are you interested in helping recruit new social workers?
Gain skills for your CV and help improve services in Devon.

Click here to tell us you’re interested now!

Read on for more information about our current opportunity…
Once a year our social care academy is able to offer a limited number of opportunities for DCC staff for the Traineeship Scheme to help our employees gain a Social Work qualification. The Devon County Council Youth Participation team is pleased to be able to assist the academy in it’s aims and objectives by involving young people in the recruitment and selection of trainees onto the bursary scheme. (A bursary is help with funding during study.)

Run by Devon’s Children’s Social Care Academy this generous funding is to help people’s professional development. There is fierce competition for the places and you will play a central role in choosing the best candidates once they have been picked for the next stage of the selection process. This includes a young people’s panel which will be designed and run by your team (with support from the participation team).

You’ll need to
– be happy to interact with the adults who are the candidates
– work in a team with other young people and adult recruiters
– make sure we help people to showcase their true potential for a social work role
– be able to make a training day in May (date tbc)*
– commit at least one date (ideally both) —the 7th and 10th June—for the selection days.**
*The purpose of training is to make sure you feel fully supported during the interview and selection process. We will provide you with a certificate that you can put on your CV. Very importantly we will work with you to design the young people’s panel, which could be group exercises, games, or a more formal interview panel.
**We’re looking for a pool of people so that we can “mix and match” if people can’t make both days.

Aims and Objectives of the Social Work Academy
– promote and develop the high quality of work with children, young people and families
– ensure that the child and young person’s voice is central
– contribute to the development of practice that ensures the safeguarding of children and young people is a priority
– develop innovative approaches to learning in our service
– our ethos is to value the strengths knowledge and skills that people bring to learning and development and aspire to create conditions for  people to achieve their potential and have a positive impact on the lives of the children and families

Lunch and travel expenses will be provided, for both days plus the training day, and a £40 gift voucher as a thankyou is payable for each interview day.
If you’d like to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to be on the Young Person’s Panel, click here : direct line Caroline Lee
tel 07817010997 or email


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