What is Social Care?

Social care is a career which suits many people at different stages of their lives and it offers a challenging, rewarding and flexible career. Care workers provide support and can help people to lead an active and integrated life in society. There are a range of services across the sector working with children, adults and older people.

Many provide home care or work in residential care homes for children and adults or with people with alcohol or drug problems.

Others choose to work with children, families and young people or people with disabilities.

You don't always have to have a social care qualification to start your career because you will be required to do work-based qualifications once you start working. These qualifications go up to management level. There are also a range of degrees and NVQ level qualifications. Many people enter social care with minimum qualifications and go on to do part time degree and other courses.

Social care workers will:

  • be willing to gain work based qualifications
  • be able to work flexible hours
  • be caring and patient
  • be responsible
  • be able to communicate well with others
  • work as part of a team
  • understand the needs of others
  • be considerate and help people to maintain dignity.

If you make a move this year, make it to here.There has never been a better time to come and join Bournemouth's Social Care Team.Why? The reasons are endless, but here are just a few...

We will be excellent in all of the services we provide for our children, adults and families.

We are improving & developing and we know what we need to do to be excellent and are not afraid to try out cutting edge ways of providing services and driving forward real and positive change in professional practice.

We are proud of our track record in both social work and as an innovative and supportive employer of choice who encourages our staff to flourish.

We value our staff, trusting and empowering them to be a real part of our ambitious change programme.Join us and you can be the social care practitioner you aspire to be – one that is open to change and eager to deliver excellence. Our teams are constantly expanding, and we have a variety of challenging and exciting opportunities.Join us now – and you will be welcomed in to an organisation that values its employees and ensures that you feel safe and supported to do your job.

There has never been a better time...

Bournemouth Borough Council is a pro-active member of the Pan Dorset Health and Social Care Academy and collaborates closely with Bournemouth University. As employers we can offer a range of post-qualifying opportunities, research opportunities and collaboration in practice learning, World Café Events and seminars. We are committed to working together to provide high quality training and education for our workforce.


As part of our ongoing recruitment and retention campaign, we have made a pledge to all of our staff that we will remain committed to “growing our own” social workers in Social care in Bournemouth. This includes encouraging some of our support staff to become qualified social workers, spotting the talented newly qualified social workers available on the recruitment circuit and developing and encouraging staff who wish to gain promotion within Service. We are committed to providing a full ASYE programme for all our newly qualified staff.

New Social Care vacancies are advertised here. Alternatively, you can sign up for job alerts by registering your details here.

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For More Information

What is Social Work?

Visit skillsforcare.org.uk 

Find out about volunteering opportunities with adults, children and young people by visiting Bournemouth Council for Voluntary Services 

Undertake a relevant diploma or NVQ

Visit UCAS or your local college and look for related courses.