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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 to introduce you to Devon’s Children’s Services 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.

In Children’s Services 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.

Read more about our commitment to support existing and new staff progress their career goals.
(Please note, some links within this document will not be accessible to members of the public as they are for DCC staff only)

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.

4174 children in receipt of a social work service

813 children in care

643 children subject to child protection plans

1875 families successfully supported by early help

Working in Children’s Social Care

In Devon, we are committed to working with children, young people and their families in a restorative manner which promotes the health, well-being, and good life chances for all, while focussing on protecting children and young people from harm.

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.

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

Career opportunities with children and families

Family Practitioner

Family practitioners work directly with children, young people and families, carrying out frequent home and community visits to families who have come to the attention of social work teams. Learn more about Family Practitioner roles.

Newly Qualified Social Worker

Our assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) programme is nationally renowned and attracts applicants from all over the UK. Learn more about NQSW roles.

Social Work roles

Social workers are at the heart of what we do. In Devon, we’re committed to providing the support, training and development you need to continue to improve your professional practice as a social worker. Learn more about social work roles.

Restorative Devon

Restorative Devon is a Department for Education funded transformation programme to support Children Services in improving services for children and families through the power of restorative and relational practice. Learn more about Restorative Devon.

Team Manager and Assistant Team Manager

Our frontline management roles make a critical contribution to the improvements we are making in Devon, by supporting our social workers to do their very best for children and families, every day. Learn more about our management roles.

Personal Advisors

Personal Advisors work closely with care experienced young people between 16 to 25 responding to their needs with a range of practical, personal, social and financial support. Learn more about Personal Advisor roles.

Why I enjoy working for Devon