Bromley is geographically the largest borough in London.
Bromley’s central offices (Bromley Civic Centre) are located in the heart of Bromley and the borough is home to one of the biggest shopping, food and entertainment centres in the Southeast.
Excellent transport links mean you can be in either Central London or the gorgeous Kent countryside in just 15 minutes, depending which direction you take!
Bromley is London’s largest borough by geography and the eighth most populous with 330,000 residents of whom 75,000, just under a quarter (22%), are children. Around 20% of the adult population is BAME, rising to 44% in schools.
The London Borough of Bromley is a fantastic place to live and work, where everyone can lead healthy, safe and independent lives in supportive communities.
Our organisation’s culture and values are important, and we encourage and share with all our employees for the good of everyone. Ultimately, our culture impacts on the Council and its service delivery, the attitude and behaviour at work and our own personal values. Bromley’s values can be summed up by the acronym: REAL
R- Respect for ourselves, the people we work with and the customers that we deal with when providing our services
E- Empower ourselves, other agencies and the community to deliver services that meet the needs of our customers in the most appropriate and efficient manner
A- Ambition for ourselves and our community should drive our efforts to improve services and find new ways of working - we should never accept second best for our customers
L- Learn from others and our own experiences to improve and extend our own performance and that of the organisation.
Children are a high priority in Bromley with their needs championed and embedded in the wider council. Children’s services is one of the key priorities in the Council’s Corporate Plan ‘Making Bromley Even Better’ we are ambitious ‘For children and young people to grow up, thrive and have the best life chances in families who flourish and are happy to call Bromley home’.
Our Safeguarding Partnership is well respected with a strong mandate focused on ensuring effective work is happening on the ground between partners. Operationally and strategically, we are characterised by a shared ownership of safeguarding.
Our practitioners know their children well and are unwavering in developing committed relationships. We have embedded our model of working through the Bromley Relationship Model. We believe children and their families benefit from our approach of working from a relationship-based perspective. This means taking account of them as individuals including their cultural diversity and contextual settings, while not losing focus on the need to keep children safe. Manageable caseloads delivered through the ‘Bromley Caseload Promise’ allow social workers to consistently spend time with children.
Bromley is staffed by a high percentage of permanent social workers and Managers. This ensures that children have consistent social work relationships and ways of working are bedded in.
We are keen to welcome Social Workers with ambition to deliver excellent services to our most vulnerable children.
Social workers in Bromley are supported with training in the Bromley Relationship Model of Social Work which commits us to working in partnership with families and in line with the REAL values of the Council. As a result, we receive many compliments from families that reflect the fantastic work of our social workers.
Bromley strives to achieve excellence and has set a target to be outstanding in all areas of children’s social care.
We need passionate qualified social workers to join us on our journey and share their enthusiasm and commitment to improve the lives of children, young people, and families.
Our staff think Bromley is a great place to be. Here are just two members of staff sharing their personal experiences of working for Bromley:
“Bromley is such a diverse borough. It is a great place to be a social worker as it presents many opportunities for you to take your social work career to the next level. I really am passionate about the children and families I work with, and I am proud to be making a difference.”
“I first came to Bromley as a locum in the Safeguarding Team. When the opportunity arose for me to become permanent, I couldn’t wait to start my permanent journey with London’s Best Borough!”
There are a number of opportunities to develop within different teams in our Children’s Social Care Services for example:
Early Intervention and Family Support Services
MASH, Referral and Assessment and ATLAS Teams
Safeguarding and Care Planning Services
Children Looked After and Leaving Care
Permanency and Children’s Disability Service
Youth Justice Service
Bromley Virtual School
Quality Improvement Service
In Bromley we are consistently going above and beyond, enabling our children, young people, and their families to grow and flourish, being aspirational and building resilience for the future. We strive to create opportunities to be innovative and reflective within an organisation that nurtures relationships, always seeks feedback, and has self-confidence to listen and act.
Our vision is: by working together with children and their families and agency partners, we will ensure that every child in Bromley has the right help at the right time to keep them safe, and to meet their needs, so they achieve, thrive, and reach their full potential.
Our ‘Bromley Relationship Model’ is a model unique to our local authority based on Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory. Our vision is at the heart of our model and is supported by our purpose, our aims, our social work behaviours, and our enablers.
Manageable caseloads for every Social Worker
Dedicated time for reflective supervision
Generous Annual Leave Entitlement including an additional three days
Small Cluster teams with one team manager supervising four Social Workers
Two-week protected induction programme
Excellent Learning and development opportunities with bespoke training for every social worker
Social Workers and team managers have easy and regular access to the leadership team
Some of the benefits working for the London Borough of Bromley:
Eligibility to join the Lease Car Scheme
Membership of the excellent Local Government Pension Scheme
Excellent transport links
Salary Sacrifice Schemes e.g. Cycle2Work bike scheme
Employee Benefits Lifestyle Discounts – hundreds of discounts at local and national retailers, restaurants, holidays and much more
If you'd like to arrange an informal chat about working in Bromley, please contact our Talent Acquisition Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
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