Working for Adult Social Care and Health services
About working in Adult Social Care
Barnet is an exciting and innovative place to be, and here in Adults, Communities and Health we are committed to the work we do, and the difference we make to our residents every single day.
We value the skills that new staff can offer. We encourage staff to be empowered to make changes and initiate actions that improve our services. We should always be happy for our own friends and family to receive the services we deliver and commission, and so that is where our focus lies.
Whether the role is frontline or back office, you would be joining a group of people focused on providing excellent services for the local community.
Our teams have a range of professional specialisms and expertise, including:
- social workers
- assessment and enablement officers
- occupational therapists
- speech therapists
- contract brokers
- financial and performance analysts
About our borough
Barnet is a borough with much to be proud of:
- 90% of our primary schools are good or outstanding, placing Barnet in the top 10% of the country
- a diverse community with 40.3% of the population defining themselves as Black, Asian or part of a Minority Ethnic group
- we have more high streets and town centres than any other London borough, with more than 23,000 businesses
- our vast green spaces have many active trails and routes of 1k, 2.5k or 5k which can be walked, run or cycled at your own pace
The borough has the buzz of city culture, with various bus, tube and overground transport links, while maintaining the tranquillity of green open spaces and near countryside living.
Working in Barnet
We have a long-established culture of prioritising staff development here in Barnet. We are invested in our own staff as is evident from some of our colleagues who have been with us for many years and been supported to grow and develop their careers years.
Further to our staff not wanting to leave once they join, we have a refer a friend scheme for social work and lead practitioner roles that includes a financial bonus paid to the person making the referral after the successful completion of probationary period of the person they referred.
28 years of support encouragement and guidance has enabled me to be as happy today as I was when I first started and also helped me progress in my career from being a support worker to a senior manager including sponsoring me to train as a social worker along the way
Jess Baines-Holmes, Director of Integrated Commissioning
I started in Adult Social Care in January 2000, at the turn of the millennium. What began as a stop gap when I was 18, has developed into a hugely rewarding career through the nurturing and support of my colleagues, managers, the senior staff and organisational culture.
23 years later, I am fortunate that I, too, can champion investment into our staff as our greatest and most valuable asset.
Sophia Principato, Assessment and Enablement Officer/Social Work Degree Apprentice
I joined Barnet Council in 2016 in a post in an adult social work team. What struck me from the start was the support culture across the board from both my colleagues and the managers. In 2020 I started the Social Work Degree Apprenticeship through Barnet and am one of the first cohort members in Barnet council to be offered this apprenticeship in adult social care. This opportunity has shown me that Barnet values members of its workforce and promotes the professional development needs of staff. I am due to qualify this summer and look forward to my next steps in Barnet as a Social Worker.