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Welcome to North Somerset

Thank you for your interest in coming to work with us – I hope that you’ll be enthused and keen to apply for a job here. I’m proud to be the director of a relatively small but friendly authority where not a day goes by that I don’t have a connection with a member of the team, a child or young person. While we celebrate when things go well, we aren’t afraid to challenge each other when we think we should and could do better. We’re on an improvement journey with a real determination to embed quality practice.

It’s important that you feel like we’re a good fit for you, so please get in touch with anyone in our team to find out what it’s like to work here. My colleague Beth, our Young Director, is also happy to talk to you about what our young people think about our work. I hope you enjoy reading our website and getting to know us better. We hope to welcome you to our team.

Best wishes,
Sheila Smith (she/her)
Director of Children’s Services
North Somerset Council

Pictured left: Beth Swann, Young Director and Sheila Smith, Director of Children’s Services

The council

Our vision

Our council vision is ‘an open, fairer, greener North Somerset’ and we have three key priorities:

  • A thriving and sustainable place
  • A council which empowers and cares about people
  • An open and enabling organisation.

Our values

Our organisational values are important. They help guide us in how we work and provide services for our residents. Our people produced our values in collaboration with elected members. They provide a strong ethos and help us to deliver our ambitious agenda, working in partnership across the council and beyond:

  • We act with integrity
  • We respect each other
  • We innovate
  • We care
  • We collaborate.

Pictured top right: members of our Children with Disabilities team
Pictured bottom right: members of our Ashcombe Nursery team


Who we are

We’re a children’s support and safeguarding service. We aspire to provide a first-class service to children, young people and families across North Somerset.

We know that family support and social work can be emotionally demanding. It requires us to be committed to ever-changing and often complex needs of our children, young people and their families. That’s why we have small teams with approachable managers who sit alongside their colleagues. Our managers are actively encouraged to offer support and guidance to their teams, not just in regular supervision sessions but whenever is needed, such as following a difficult phone call or home visit.

Our social workers support around 15 children and young people at any time. We’re aware that our caseloads are relatively low compared to other local authorities and we strive to keep it that way! We believe in giving you the opportunity to build relationships. We want our people to work in a strengths-based and relationship-led way to support families to make identified changes and enable them to meet the needs of their children. The work we do is varied and we support children in need, those who need protection, children who need to come into our care and through to adoption. Our approach enables you to develop your skills in a variety of different areas.

We’re committed to developing our people. Annual appraisals, reviewed in line with progress, help our people to identify career progression plans and practical steps that people can make to help them to grow.

We invest in our people. We want to make sure every person in our team has the right skills and experiences to provide a first-class service. Opportunities, including acting-up, are encouraged to enable people to gain valuable experience in different areas and to assist with professional development.

Our Practice Framework provides an evidence-based structure where we work in an environment of shared values and principles, knowledge, learning and good practice. The framework echoes our strengths and relationship-based approach to working with children, young people and their families. It also provides a helpful common language and enables our practitioners to further explore the theories and approaches that shape the way we work.

Our team has a real sense of ownership with our Practice Framework as it was co-produced with them. We’re on an exciting journey, and we’re keen for our Practice Framework to develop and evolve over time. It also sets expectations for how we work with children, young people and their families, providing an anchor, guiding us and challenging us as we continue to grow.

Pictured top left: Senior Leadership team
Pictured middle left: Our Fostering team at an event in Clevedon
Pictured bottom left: Members of our Front Door and Family Wellbeing team


The area

Find out more about the area

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Known as the gateway to the South West, North Somerset benefits from fantastic transport links providing its residents with easy access to a strong road, rail and air travel network. The M5 motorway dissects the length of North Somerset.

  • Bristol is less than 30 minutes away by train.
  • Bath is less than an hour away by train.
  • Cardiff is a little over one hour away by train.
  • London is a little over two hours away by train.
  • Or anywhere on the South West Costal Path in a few hours.

To help you get around in a greener way, you can buy a brand new fully electric vehicle through our employee benefit scheme.

If you’re traveling more locally, we actively encourage sustainable travel and we’re investing heavily in our public transport and cycle lane networks.

Pictured below: The Strawberry Line cycle route (Clevedon to Shepton Mallet)



With so much rural landscape and coastline to protect, we’re fully on board with our commitment to the Climate Emergency and have committed to become carbon-neutral by 2030.

We’re the best performing authority in the South West for our recycling rates and are working to deliver plans to change the way residents think about waste and its impact on the environment.

Pictured below: Portishead Marina



With over 60 primary schools, 11 secondary schools, three special schools and four independent schools to choose from, there’s a school to suit every child.

We have plenty of opportunities for further and higher education right here in North Somerset through Weston College, rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Pictured below: Winford C of E Primary School



There really is something for everyone here in North Somerset. Having been awarded Heritage Action Zone status by Historic England, in Weston-super-Mare you will be able to discover impressive buildings, explore the cultural heritage of the town and enjoy beautiful walks steeped in history.

From short countryside strolls to running a half marathon, there’s plenty for those looking to get outdoors and explore our stretches of sandy coastline and spectacular countryside, including Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

If you’re looking for a more relaxing way to spend your time, we have a wide selection of independent shops, eateries and entertainment venues including cinemas, ten pin bowling and arts venues in all our towns.

Pictured below: The International Balloon Fiesta, Ashton Court


Why Move Here


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Housing options range from detached mansions in Abbots Leigh to terraced Victorian and Edwardian town houses in Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon, with smart new waterside apartments in Portishead. North Somerset has a diverse range of historic villages, and vibrant market and coastal towns that offer something for everyone.

Our offer

We understand working in children’s social care is more than just a job. We want to make sure our team is passionate about what we do and that our people enjoy living and working in North Somerset. Whether that means you want training and development opportunities or a flexible working arrangement to fit around family commitments, we will work with you to make sure you get the most from working here.

We offer a comprehensive training programme. This is complemented by a bespoke programme of training for our newly qualified social workers throughout their assisted and supported year in employment (ASYE). We also have a core curriculum with a varied programme to inspire and stretch every one of our social workers.

You can find out more on our What we offer social workers page.

  • Generous annual leave – up to 33 days plus bank holidays

  • Option to purchase additional two weeks annual leave

  • Excellent Local government pension scheme to secure your future

  • Family-friendly policies and flexible working options, including a flexi-time scheme

  • Tax free sustainable travel schemes, including electric vehicles and cycle to work

  • Relocation allowance – up to £8k to help with relocation and removal expenses

  • Discounts on shopping, days out, travel and gym memberships

  • 24/7 access to our Employee Assistance Programme