Working and living in Barnsley

Barnsley is a great place to live, work and visit. We’re open for business, with our central location, digital connectivity, and excellent links to major road networks. It’s an appealing place to live, with our thriving town centre and Principal Towns. We’re home to one of the best markets in South Yorkshire and everyone can enjoy the borough’s excellent cultural attractions, leisure facilities and our beautiful outdoor spaces.

In Barnsley we want everyone to have a good life and we believe Barnsley to be the place of possibilities – for our residents and the people who work  with us.

This means everything from a quality place to call home, to good physical and mental wellbeing and a sense of self-worth through diverse and secure employment opportunities. It's time to believe in the possibilities of Barnsley, to look to the future with excitement and optimism. Our town is a place that fosters and grows ambition, enabling everyone to be the best they can be.

Barnsley Council prioritises Children’s Services and wants every child in the borough to achieve their full potential, to be safe and happy. We highly value the work of our social workers and we're deeply committed to achieving the very best outcomes for vulnerable children and young people in Barnsley.

We are one service with one goal, working together to build a brighter Barnsley for every child. This vision is underpinned by our three key values:

  • Putting Children and Families First

  • Working together in partnership to deliver joined up care

  • Delivered by a strong and valued workforce 

Children and their families are at the centre of all that we do, and our practice is underpinned by a strength based and relational model. Our social workers receive regular supervision, appraisals, training, and development opportunities.

We’ve had significant financial investment in Barnsley Children’s Services, securing an additional £9 million in November 2022, and a genuine commitment from senior leaders to strengthen our services to support the future of our children and young people. We recognise our social workers are our greatest resource and are committed to delivering;

  • Manageable caseloads across all case holding teams

  • Supportive and committed teams and management

  • Access to training and learning opportunities that enables social workers to offer the highest quality service to our children and their families

  • A professional development offer that recognises and supports career development and aspirations

This is being delivered by ongoing work including:

- An increase in staffing as part of our commitment to driving manageable caseloads

  • Increased management capacity and robust support and oversight

  • Investment and commitment to our workforce, staff training and development 

At Barnsley Council, we live and work by four important values: honesty, teamwork, excellent service, and taking pride in what we do.  We’d love to help you develop your career and for you to be part of the ambitious plans we have for the future of our beautiful borough.

Relocation support

If you are considering relocating to Barnsley we provide a comprehensive relocation benefits package. 

This features up to £8,000 to cover reasonable costs such as:

  • Removal expenses

  • Storage costs

  • Legal and estate agent fees

  • Travelling experiences

For more information about these benefits and jobs contact our HR team at
[email protected]

To find out more about our Children’s Social Worker jobs visit
Children’s Social Worker Jobs