Lily Staffing Solutions meets the demand for experienced, well trained staff working in children and young peoples services


Lily Staffing Solutions is a community-based recruitment service that works with local authorities and other care providers.

We cover most roles within Children and Young people’s services, from support to specialised pieces of work.

We have many different roles and hours available from long term placements to one off assignments. We also recruit for permanent roles, making us the only specialist recruiters working solely in this sector.

Lily Staffing solutions have ongoing recruitment opportunities for support workers, children’s residential care workers, and community support staff within children’s and young people’s services.

We offer flexible work, competitive weekly pay, free training, and support from our team. By providing great staff, we make a positive difference, and we want to ensure our staff feel valued and appreciated.

Our staff want to make a difference to Children and young people's lives, inspiring them to achieve and realise their true potential. We aim to provide our clients with candidates who have the same passion and ethos.


We are looking for people with experience or transferable skills to work with Children and Young people and their families/carers in Dorset.

We are looking for people with experience or transferable skills to work with Children and Young people and their families/carers in Dorset. Much of the work revolves around Looked after Children, Young people in supported housing, Foster Carers, leaving care, family support.

You could be working in a variety of placements or have longer term assignments. We do also have fulltime permanent roles too.

We would love to talk to anyone who has experience of working in this sector, qualifications required will depend on what is needed for each role. Some roles will require specialist skills and qualifications - we will generally match your skills and qualifications to the roles we have.

Support workers :-
will have experience in working with children and young people, which is demonstrable and its desirable to have a level 2 NVQ in social care and health but it’s not always essential. You will be able to establish a rapport and build respectful, trusting, honest and supportive relationships and have confidence to identify challenging situations.

Specialised staff :-
will need a Level 3 qualification in Childcare & Education, Health, Social Care, Education, Early Years Practitioner Child Development, Youth Work or parenting and family work will be essential for some roles, although there are many other qualifications, we are happy to accept. You must have 2 years relevant and demonstrable experience within Children and young people’s services and have a thorough understanding and knowledge of Safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults.

Role specific Qualified Staff :-  
There are a range of roles that will require specialist training and qualifications for example Qualified Social Workers, Nursing Qualifications, Occupational Therapists, Children and Family Case Workers, Teachers/SEN teachers, Family Practitioners, Probation/YOT officers, Counsellors, Learning Disability Practitioners, EMHP …the list is endless.

Its important to us that our staff feel valued, so we offer lots of opportunity for training and personal development and regular supervision when required.


Lily Staffing Solutions is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Children and Young People.

Applicants must be willing to undergo appropriate child protection screening, including employment references and DBS check and a fully checkable work history.

If you need an new DBS please bring the following information with you to interview.

1 of the following Group 1 documents

Passport, Biometric Residence Permit, Driving Licence (full or provisional) Birth or Adoption Certificate.

2 of the following

Birth Certificate, Marriage, or Civil Partnership Certificate, HM Forces ID card Firearms Licence.

You can use your Driving Licence if you have not used it for Group 1. Bank/Building Society Statement, Mortgage Statement, Credit Card Statement, Statement showing Pension, Endowment, or Benefit, P45/P60, Council Tax statement, EU National ID card, Government entitlement document, Work permit or visa, These documents must be in the same name with the same address.

This does make our recruitment process slightly longer but given the work we do this is specifically designed to ensure we take on the right people.

Our first contact would be a chat on the phone, for you to hear about what we are looking for and the work we are doing, and for you to decide if we can offer what you are looking for.

Telephone screening:

Our first contact would be a chat on the phone, in order for you to hear about what we are looking for and the work we are doing, and for you to decide if we can offer what you are looking for. We will also ask you for a copy of your CV if you haven’t already supplied one at this at this stage.

Application form:

You will be sent our online application form, along with GDPR consent and an Equal opportunities monitoring form. The form is thorough, its designed that way as safeguarding and child protection is at the heart of what we do. Once we have the completed form we will invite you in for an informal interview.

The interview:

When we invite you in we ask you to bring some ID with you, if you have a DBS and have subscribed to the update service we will ask for your original certificate and your online reference and permission to view this. Please bring in the ID mentioned on this page along with any certification relating to qualifications and training.

Our interview process is fairly informal, You will get a short induction into the company and our ethos, we tell you about us and what we do-and why we do it  and the type of candidates we are looking for.

We will go through some pre-set questions, and your answers will be recorded in writing in line with safer recruitment.

You can let us know what types of roles you would like to do, where your intertest, experience and passion lies, the hours you would like to work and we will chat through your recent employment.


We need 2 references from you, any offer of work will be subject to these references. We ask that one is your current or most recent employer. We will not take up references without your prior agreement. A standard referencing form is sent, we appreciate that many employers will only agree to gibe start and end dates, where this happens we may ask for an extra character reference.

Job matching:

By this stage we will know each other quite well! We will have a good understanding about what you are looking for and will have discussed the types of roles we are likely to offer you.

We will email you with offers of work as they become available, every effort is made to offer the right roles to the right candidates. You are under no obligation to accept any of the roles we forward to you, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible if you are interested. There could be occasions where the hours could be negotiated, so if the role appeals and the hours aren’t quite right let us know.


Lily has many years’ experience of working with children and young people, through our years of experience, we know how important it is to find the right staff to work with children & young people.

Our aim is to work as part of county wide children’s and young people’s services network, and to provide high quality skilled, trained, and qualified staffing solutions.

We supply fully vetted and skilled staff to Children’s and young people’s services, be it Local Authorities, Residential Children’s Homes, Disability /SEN organizations, Supported Housing Projects, Private individuals, Registered Charities, Community Projects or any organization with children and young people at its heart. This is our niche; this is our area of expertise.

We can supply staff in the following:

  • Our candidates are all handpicked
  • We pre-screen and interview using safer recruitment best practise
  • All checks and verifications are completed
  • We match each candidates’ qualifications and experience to the specific role
  • We can supply temporary cover, staff for one of pieces of work, specialist roles and permanent staff
  • All candidates will be introduced to you with their own personal profile indicating their suitability, experience and qualifications, and  Enhanced DBS information
  • We provide ongoing training for all our candidates
Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

The Lily Housing Project, Lily Residential Services and Lily Staffing Solutions’ central offices can be found at:

South Terrace House, Upper Offices 6,
Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1DE
Tel: 01305 239800

Our head office is open Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30

If you require further information about referrals, please see our referrals page.

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