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Our values and ways of working

Melissa Caslake, the Chief Officer for Children’s Services and statutory Director of Children’s Services for Devon County Council

Hi, I am Melissa Caslake, the Chief Officer for Children’s Services and statutory Director of Children’s Services for Devon County Council.

I am delighted that you are interested in a social work career with us and wanted to say more about our values and ways of working. We want to achieve the best outcomes for all our children regardless of their circumstances, and to assist us in that ambition we are investing in our workforce.

As a social worker for Devon, you will work in a system that places the child and family at the centre, involving them in decision making and empowering families to care well for their children. We are embedding these restorative values across our children’s services system, placing good relationships at the heart of what we do and enabling high support and high challenge to secure positive life chances for our children.

This also means that we use these values to guide our relationships with each other, and our partners, to make sure that our services for children are the best they can be. Our social workers consistently tell us that the NSQW programme and Social Work Academy are a great offer, and that they feel supported and well supervised by their managers.

Come and find out for yourself what Devon Children’s Services can offer you to fulfil your ambitions for excellence. I look forward to welcoming you to Devon and seeing your career flourish.

Passionate about improving children's life chances? Join us and make sure that every Devon child, no matter where they live, receives the same high-quality service.

3,425 children in receipt of a social work service

684 children in care

450 children subject to child protection plans

1875 families successfully supported by early help

Working in Children’s Social Care

We have a set of principles which underpin the delivery of our children’s services in Devon. We believe that children are best brought up in families and we will support families to find their own solutions. Services are shaped by all and children and families always know where they stand with us.

We want every child to receive the best education possible to shape their future. Our teachers, schools support employees and central education and learning teams, are all dedicated to providing excellent services to pupils to make a real difference to their lives. We also maintain the full range of public health nursing services and provide children and young people with the best care possible.

Career development is at the heart of what we do. We are after motivated, aspirational staff who have the drive to develop and progress in their role. For this reason, we offer excellent training and professional development opportunities.

To find out more visit our Devon social work Facebook page.

Fulfilling children and young peoples’ mental, physical, social and emotional needs

Ensuring that children are the focus of our work and their voices must be central and heard in the work we do

Ensuring that outcomes meet the children's safeguarding needs

Why I enjoy working for Devon