Meet our colleagues
Our colleagues share why they love working for Gloucestershire Children's Services
- Natasha Hodgins Senior Social Worker
- Sudeep Joseph - Social Worker
- Lisa Long Service Manager Permanence Under 11’s
- Georgina Clutterbuck - Senior Social Worker
- Emily Tarling - Advanced Practitioner
- Dave Stewart -Interim Service Manager
- Philip James - Team Manager
- Aiden Quinn - ASYE Social Worker
- Osa Omoruyi - Social Worker
My team are very settled and supportive of each other and management structure in Gloucester is good and well organised. The locality teams structure means your families are generally all in a condensed area which helps you manage your time better.
We all help each other out where needed and will go out for team meals occasionally to promote team bonding.
A warm welcome and lots of opportunities to learn
You will be welcomed into an energetic team with good colleagues who will help you through your induction and settling in! There are good learning opportunities with the Social Work Academy whether you’re an ASYE, or a more experienced worker.
Good work life balance and great support
My manager is really supportive and helps me ensure a good work/life balance. My case load, and my team’s caseload is managed well – we’re not overloaded and numbers are good.
I have supervision every month which includes a case supervision and separate personal supervision to ensure my wellbeing. When there are difficulties outside of work, this is well supported, and I’ve not felt pressure to not address these due to work. When I was an ASYE there was regular training, reflections and support – which my ASYE is currently experiencing. For advanced practitioners there are also regular support sessions to enable us to do our job to the best of our ability.
Gloucestershire is a great place to live and work
Cheltenham is a great town for shopping, night life and families. There are loads of activities to choose from. We’re also on the doorstep of the Cotswolds which means great dog walks, bike rides and scenic views.
I have been able to develop without leaving my team
I have never left my current safeguarding team. I started as an ASYE here in 2018, progressed to Senior Social Worker in 2021 and then Advanced Practitioner in 2022.
Making a positive difference for local families
The children and families that I have worked with in Gloucester make it all worthwhile. There have been so many opportunities to improve the lives of those in the local area, and for support networks to be built up and connected using local charities and services. It’s really great to build relationships with those around my home and know that we are making positive changes to individuals, and the wider community.