Children's social care, Community Care - Journalist

Sutton, London (Greater)
£ DoE
10 Apr 2014
10 May 2014
Digital, Online
Job Type
Full Time


Community Care, the multi-award winning information service and website for social workers, is looking for a cutting-edge digital journalist to join its talented team.

This is an exciting opportunity to provide social workers with the news, information and tools they need to do their jobs.
The role involves working across a free-to-access community site that provides news and information (, and a subscription-based site providing expert-written advice (
This post is available following investment by the RBI board to launch a new product later this year.

Community Care has gone from strength to strength since it closed its print magazine two years ago. We have record-user engagement and reader satisfaction scores and last year won numerous awards for our innovation in the digital-only era.

Awards include AOP editorial team of the year 2013, Digital Data/Information Service of the Year at the PPA Digital Publishing Awards 2013, Best Commercial Innovation at the Online Media Awards and business columnist of the year at the British Society of Magazine Editors 2013. At the 2013 PPA New Talent Awards our editor won new editor of the year and two of our section editors were highly commended.

We are an ambitious team, striving for excellence and pioneering new forms of working in the fast-changing world of digital. We value personal development, flexible working and a good work-life balance.
Community Care also covers a subject area that really matters. In the face of dwindling local authority budgets and rising demand for services, social work faces its biggest challenge for a generation. Community Care is facing these challenges head on. Through hard-hitting investigations and innovative data journalism we reveal the heartbreaking decisions social workers are being forced to make every day and the very real impact on the most vulnerable members of society.
Social workers have never had a tougher job, but Community Care has had their back every step of the way - from raising the issues that matter to government, the mainstream media and public, to providing the very best practice advice and research.

• Writes, produces and commissions multi-media content across all Community Care products ( and This includes sourcing and writing news, as well as commissioning experts in the sector to produce content. We expect our journalists to become experts in their relevant beats, and to develop a sophisticated understanding of the best way to present content to readers – that could be a traditional news story, but it could also be video, audio, infographics or a live chat with readers. We’re looking for someone who will exploit all the latest developments in digital technology to provide our readers with compelling content that really engages them.
• The role is within the children’s social care team on Community Care, so you will be covering subjects such as adoption, child protection, fostering, residential care and disability. For example, you could be investigating how rising child protection referrals to social services are affecting social workers’ ability to protect children, the impact of the government’s controversial adoption reforms, whether youth justice policies harm or hurt children, whether the so-called secret family courts need to be more open, and what’s really behind the national media coverage of high profile child protection scandals. A keen interest in social policy and politics is likely to help you do this effectively.
• You will be expected to find out what really matters to our readers and customers through face-to-face and social media contact building.

Essential skills
• Journalism, inc contact and relationship building – social media, forums, face-to-face
• Multi-media commissioning skills.
• Digital engagement – always looking for opportunities to develop ourselves and others. Is engaged with how technology and the digital landscape is changing; able to innovate and try out new ways of working to take advantage of these changes.
• Change focus – open to new ideas and able to embrace and support initiatives that change the business for the better.
Desirable skills

• Experience of investigative and data journalism – an ability to analyse data to find stories in numbers and freedom of information requests, for example, and then innovate in how this information is presented to readers in an engaging, interactive way.

We are willing to provide training for the right candidate.

Community Care is part of Reed Business Information. RBI brings market-leading brands to an audience of millions of decision makers worldwide through its multi-platform media of data services, online lead generation services, community websites, magazines and events. RBI, a division of Reed Elsevier, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Reed Elsevier is a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors.

RBI General Benefits Package
• Pension Scheme
• 29 Days Holiday
• Paid Charity Days – 2 days per year
• Life Insurance (4x salary)
• Save As You Earn Share Scheme (SAYE)
• Competitive Salaries

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