Benefits of working for us
Working for us is rewarding in so many ways. Not only will you make an important contribution to the children, young people and families of Doncaster, you’ll experience an inclusive, open culture in which everyone feels valued and heard.
We are committed to providing strong and visible leadership, quality support and infrastructure and to ensuring caseloads are manageable.
Our promises to our employees:
- We will invest in you. This includes formal mentoring and training programmes to help you develop your career. We also encourage secondments, either within the Trust or with other organisations, such as the NHS, to broaden your knowledge and experience.
- We will listen to you. We encourage our staff to tell us what works and we celebrate their achievements and successes. We hold personal development meetings, team meetings and wider Trust summits where staff share ideas, raise concerns and are kept up to date with Trust developments.
- We will encourage you to use your ideas and experiences to help us do things better. Because we are independent of the local authority we have the freedom to explore more innovative ways of working. Our staff play a vital role in this and we value their experience, knowledge and passion.
- We aim to create an environment where work feels like a great place to be. The Trust has a policy of transparency and openness combined with a strong desire to do the best possible for the children, young people and families in Doncaster. We want our staff to enjoy a good work/life balance and relish the challenge of working for the Trust
Competitive rates of pay. Our minimum rate of pay is the living wage hourly rate.
Defined benefit pension scheme. You will automatically be enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme and you can apply to transfer any current pensions into this scheme.
Generous annual leave entitlement. Depending on salary scale, leave entitlements range from 26 to 30 days. We also offer with an extra three days for five years of continuous service and a further two days for 10 years of continuous service. The Trust recognises continuous service from local government employers.
Discounted parking. We offer a scheme which reduces the cost of parking in Doncaster to around £2 a day, or less if you buy the monthly or annual pass.
Pool cars for work travel.
Child Care Vouchers. You can buy vouchers through salary deductions giving a saving on your National Insurance and tax deductions.
Cycle to work Scheme.
Salary sacrifice lease car purchase (to be launched soon).
We understand that enjoying the very best work/life balance increases your job satisfaction and ability to do your job well. We offer the following arrangements. (Please note that non-statutory options are subject to business needs).
- Job share
- Compressed days
- Term time only working
- Averaged or annualised hours
- Opportunities for career breaks
- Opportunities for career breaks.
- Home working.
- Flexi-time scheme.
- Maternity/adoption leave. You can take up to 5 days’ paid leave as a partner or carer at the time of birth or adoption.
- Parental leave.
- Paternity leave, paid leave for up to two weeks after the birth of the child.
- We also support Social Workers returning to practice. For details contact our recruitment team who will arrange for you to discuss options with a member of our social care staff.
Learning and development
We aim to make learning and development a part of our day to day work through regular team meetings, updates on legislation, and sharing best practice across the Trust. We also actively support personal growth and development, and this includes opportunities for new staff members to continue with personal studies for progression throughout the Trust.
If you are starting out on your career, or aiming to move into children’s social services, please contact our recruitment team to find out about work placements, modern apprenticeships and work experience.
Performance and development reviews (PDR)
These take place each year as well as a mid-year catch up and regular one-to-one sessions with your line manager. These meetings are to discuss your performance and development needs, both for your current job and to help you move on in your career.
Leadership and management development
Whether you join us in a first line management role or in a more senior position, we will encourage you to take up a range of training opportunities, put your learning into practice and share knowledge and experiences with your peers.
Progression for social workers
Click here to see our social worker progression policy.