About Our Partners

Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councils have recently undergone a merger. The following information will be updated as the organisational structure evolves.

Bournemouth is a welcoming, vibrant and diverse town. As a former independent Council, we serve the community providing a wide range of services.

We have a strong commitment to working towards the following core priorities:

  • An efficient Council
  • An active community
  • An improving environment
  • A thriving economy

One of the key roles the Council has is to support individuals and families who are most in need.

Developing Our Workforce

Our staff are our most valuable resource, and without their genuine engagement in supporting the delivery of our priorities and plans, it would be impossible for us to deliver the services that our clients and families need. Ensuring that we have a highly skilled, well motivated and empowered team of the right people is essential.

We offer a range of training and development opportunities which are primarily coordinated by our Workforce Development Unit.

For staff we offer opportunities for continued professional development for both professionally registered and non-registered colleagues. There is a commitment to providing career pathways, regular supervision and support for staff, and a focus on supporting development and well-being.

We also deliver support to partner organisations, including the independent and voluntary sector. We work closely with providers of services to ensure we can offer both training opportunities, and consultation in key areas, for example safeguarding.

The Council’s Adult and Children’s Social Care teams collaborate on a number of learning and development opportunities with neighbouring local authorities, health organisations, and higher education partners. This has developed a positive learning culture, networks of practice, and ensures staff can access good quality resources and knowledge to enhance their practice. As an organisation, this ensures we can meet the needs of individuals and families, quality assure against national standards and can support, and innovate in a variety of practice areas.

We also offer practical work-based learning to both undergraduate and post-graduate students on both Social Work and Occupational Therapy programmes.

The Principal Social Workers in Children’s and Adult’s Services and well established Workforce Development Teams lead the continuous professional development agenda (CPD) for social work staff including a comprehensive ASYE programme, post qualifying training and evidence informed practice learning.

For further information, please see  – http://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/

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