Bradford Council

Welcome to Bradford


Bring Heart Heart Heart

Covering 140+ square miles and home to 530,000+ people, Bradford Metropolitan District holds an untapped potential that few areas can match. We’re here to represent and serve that potential, helping to create a brighter future for every young person in our care.


UK City of
Culture 2025

In May 2022, Bradford was named UK City of Culture 2025. Awarded every four years, the City of Culture title has had a transformational impact on previous host cities, securing millions of pounds of investment and acting as a catalyst for creativity and regeneration.


Young and

One of the most striking features of our district is its ethnic and cultural diversity. 37% of our population are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (compared to 13% nationwide), including a large proportion of people of Pakistani origin (20%). We are the youngest district in the UK with nearly one third of the population under 20.


and rewarding

Bradford inspires much love and pride among those who live here. But it also has many challenges that we’re working hard to address. This makes it an ideal place to develop your social career. Bring skills, expertise and heart to Bradford and you can make a real difference to young people’s lives.

Living here

We may be biased, but we think Bradford is a wonderful place to come and build your career. Affordable properties. “Outstanding” schools. Beautiful countryside. Bustling city life. Not to mention having the semi-official ‘Curry Capital’ of Britain. What’s not to like?

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Did you know?


There are almost


Households in Bradford

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of people are under the age of 20

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are from BAME groups, making it one of the most diverse areas in the UK

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of the population are Christian and nearly one quarter are Muslim



1 in 4

people aged 16-74 are educated to degree level



1 in 3

people are not in work


Where You Can Make A Difference Hearts

We divide our district into four different area teams, each offering its own unique challenges and opportunities for your social work career.

Keighley & Shipley

An area stretching from the city of Bradford into more rural parts including the heritage area of Saltaire. Social work here can be very wide-ranging, with many children and families affected by mental health issues and the use of drugs.

South Bradford

Centred on the city itself, this area offers exposure to a challenging mix of social work, from criminal exploitation, forced marriage and FGM to working with children who are experiencing neglect and abuse.


Another highly diverse area of the city, where you can learn about lots of different cultures and communities while gaining exposure to a broad range of children’s social work.


Small, densely populated area within easy reach of Bradford city centre. Highly multicultural, with a large Roma community, it gives you the chance to work with families from lots of different cultures and backgrounds.