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Meet the Director

Every Friday between 9.30 and 11.30, Ann James our Director of Safeguarding and Care is available in our Social Work Academy to meet and chat to colleagues about anything and everything which is important to them.

  • Looking to join on a permanent basis?
  • Thinking about your career progression within Gloucestershire?
  • Do you want to hear about how we’re working for children and families?

From sharing feedback on their experiences so far, to discussing future career aspirations and how we can help to make them happen, it’s a valuable opportunity for colleagues to talk directly with one of our senior leaders and receive the support they need online or face to face.

If you would like to come along to one of the sessions please contact


Practice related and career webinars

We are pleased to share our range of online Webinars which were delivered in partnership with Social Work Today. These Webinars explore a range of topics in Social Work practice and their contribution and relevance to our improvement journey.

Your Practice Improvement Journey, from ASYE to Management Development 

Find out more about our Social Work Academy and what it can do for you.


Our speakers discuss the ideas that led to the development of the Academy, and how the GCC curriculum and practitioner involvement aim to focus on directly influencing positive outcomes for children and families.


Find out more about our ASYE programme and how this fits with our curriculum and CPD opportunities including Essentials for Practice, National Assessment and Accreditation programme (NAAS) and Manager Development programmes.

Ambassadors for Vulnerable Children and Young People: How They Improve Practice 

Listen to our Care Ambassadors discuss how they initiate change to help those within the care system, using their own experiences to fuel improvements to the lives and voices of care-experienced children and young people in  Gloucestershire and beyond.

From working closely with Gloucestershire’s Social Work Academy, to their direct engagement with senior leadership and their inclusion on interview panels, the group explains how their wide-reaching work is helping our social work professionals improve and re-evaluate their practice.

Creativity and Curiosity: An ASYE Community within a Reflective Space 

This webinar explores how the Social Work Academy at GCC strives for innovation by shifting towards a professional development ‘village’ – a community focused on relational practice that promotes creativity and curiosity within our ASYE programme and beyond.

Our speakers discuss how the transition to a community-based academy has been achieved through the integration of relational practice between social workers within a reflective space, the positive role of the National Accreditation and Assessment System (NAAS), the involvement of children with lived-experience, and wider systemic changes within our improving authority.

Our latest Webinar – coming soon! 

"Career Progression: Moving Forwards as Part of a Learning Community"

Join us in our latest webinar where our team of social workers reflect upon their career journey and share experiences of their time working with children and young people.

In partnership with Social Work Today UK, we are also holding a follow up live Q&A session where you can explore the motivations behind our team's career path and how our Social Work Academy can support you in achieving your career development goals.

Please expect an announcement soon! If you'd like to sign up for early access, contact our Recruitment Team on 


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