Brent is the most diverse local authority in the UK. Located in north London, it has a population of over 330,000.
Brent is a tremendously vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. Spanning both inner and outer London, it is a borough of huge contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make up.
Brent is the most ethnically diverse local authority in the country, this is evident to all who visit Our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a place that is truly unique and valued by those who live and work here.
Brent Civic Centre - the council's headquarters - is just a stone’s throw from England's national stadium. The Borough is well connected with 21 tube stations along with a host of road, rail, and cycle route links. There is so much we could say about our Brent and how proud we are to call it home, but feel it'd be better if you heard it from members of the local community:
Brent Children and Young People Services boasts a bright and buzzy atmosphere where colleagues are friendly, supportive and get stuck in. Brent is the 2020 London Borough of Culture(s) where people are proud of their culture and background – and we are proud of our diverse workforce.
Brent Children’s Services are Good. OFSTED's 2023 report highlights how much our staff are valued in Brent.
“Staff emulate the core values of children’s services and feel they ‘belong’ in Brent. They value the very considered approach and openness of senior leaders and have confidence in their leadership. Many staff are committed to working in Brent and enjoy working in teams who become like a family to them. They have a strong and influential voice and feel listened to in service design and improvement work. They feel well supported and supervised by managers.”Ofsted
“Staff emulate the core values of children’s services and feel they ‘belong’ in Brent. They value the very considered approach and openness of senior leaders and have confidence in their leadership. Many staff are committed to working in Brent and enjoy working in teams who become like a family to them. They have a strong and influential voice and feel listened to in service design and improvement work. They feel well supported and supervised by managers.”
The Brent Practice Framework and is systemic, relationship-based and trauma-informed. The Brent Practice Framework continues to be developed with staff. This year we’re developing our anti-racist practice and incorporating this into our practice framework, making it an exciting time to joint Brent in the next steps of our journey.
Working in a well-connected borough, in state-of-the-art buildings, you’ll be surrounded by restaurants, coffee shops and facilities if you to choose to work in Brent.
We have a great rewards packages for social workers up to senior team managers. We provide a welcome and retention payment when you join, which includes:
Key worker rental housing in Wembley for permanent social workers (subject to availability)
Golden hello and relocation packages (for hard to recruit to roles)
Annual retention payment for all social work qualified staff.
You will also receive:
A commitment to manageable caseloads across all teams.
The Social Work progression framework, enabling you to move to senior social worker and beyond when you’re ready. We are committed to retaining the best staff and providing you with the support and opportunities to achieve that.
Group and 1-2-1 supervision.
A small team model, supported by practice consultants with training in systemic and reflective practice.
A culture of highly effective flexible working, supported with some of the best IT in local government.
A very generous Local Government Pension Scheme.
A host of other rewards and benefits such as reduced cost gym membership, London Designer Outlet privilege card, Wembley Boxpark privilege card plus many more.
If you’d like to know more about Brent and working in children and young people’s services, please visit our website. If you are interested in having an informal discussion about working in children's social care in Brent please contact:
Palvinder Kudhail, Director, Integration and Improved Outcomes: Palvinder.Kudhail@brent.gov.uk
Rashida Forbes, Principal Social Worker: Rashida.Forbes@brent.gov.uk
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