This is an opportunity to join a stable and dynamic Children’s Team, which offers a high standard of service within a highly supportive environment. Restorative Practice is at the heart of what we do. Here at Warwickshire County Council we put children and families at the forefront. We aim to ensure that Warwickshire’s children, young people, parents and carers receive the right help at the right time.
We are passionate about supporting communities and families to build on their strengths and relationships and find their own solutions. This is an exciting opportunity to also be part of Warwickshire Family Safeguarding, with domestic abuse, adult mental health and substance misuse practitioners being embedded within the team.
You will be required to work with and support children and families under Child in Need and Child Protection. This will include completing high quality assessments, supporting families to find their own solutions and working collaboratively with families and the involved partner agencies. We also work with children in care until the age of 14 years and those subject to care proceedings.
If you are passionate about supporting children and families, we want to hear from you.
If so, you could be the person we are looking for to join our innovative and supportive team.
The Fluency Duty is outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers. The Fluency Duty for this role is Required. You must be able to speak and provide advice in accurate spoken English to the public.
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At Warwickshire County Council (WCC) we put children at the heart of everything we do. We work with children and families restoratively, building strong relationships and connections to help families find long-lasting solutions.
Our work contributes to our wider County Council aim – to make Warwickshire the best it can be for everyone. It’s a big responsibility that can be challenging at times, but this is what drives our staff to succeed, develop and achieve. If you’re someone who wants to do the best job possible, who approaches everything with passion, tenacity, courage and purpose, then we want you to work with us.
We're proud of the care and service we deliver, but know that to progress, we too have to adapt. Throughout 2020, COVID-19 has challenged us to push ourselves further, to look ahead towards the future, and build on our programme of change and investment in the service at a quicker pace.
The challenges of 2020 have helped us shape and develop a focus on wellbeing, utilising technology, opening opportunities for career development and renewing our focus on reflective and supportive leadership. Now is an exciting time to be a part of our children and families workforce.
WCC invested in Microsoft technology in 2019, including the use of Surface Pros and Microsoft 365 suite which has enabled our workforce to seamlessly transition to community and homeworking. We have a whole council commitment to flexible working and employee wellbeing - we're not rigid in how or where we work. We're flexible and know there are many ways to do a job well. We understand that people work differently so we ensure that you can work and grow in a way that suits you, all whilst achieving the best outcomes for children.
WCC is an authority that engages with innovation. We are a financially secure local authority and want to achieve an outstanding service for children. To this end we have received a £21m investment programme over four years to implement new and creative ways of working with children. This funding is from both the Council and Department for Education to strengthen relationship and evidenced based practice. We are introducing the Leeds Family Values model which includes increasing Family Group Conferences, providing more support for Special Guardians and a Caring Dads Programme.
We are also implementing the Family Safeguarding model which is focussed on embedding adult mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse services in our teams. We also have a new Children’s Workforce Academy to further support our staff and managers develop. All of our practice is underpinned by restorative and trauma informed practice.
We want our practitioners to spend their time building relationships with families to achieve change. We provide safe and manageable caseloads and have provided substantial additional capacity to support teams with Covid pressures. Average caseloads February 2021 were 15 per worker. We have excellent business support who minute all child in need, child protection and children in care multi agency meetings for social workers.
We are also investing in technology such as automation to support practitioners to automatically upload documents to children’s electronic records.
We give all our employees the opportunity to develop the career they want and learn different skills. There's nothing stopping you from going a long way here and personally making a difference to the lives of children and families in Warwickshire.
We’re building something very special in Warwickshire. A community of practice – with diverse thought, skills and experiences. Working for every child to create a Child Friendly Warwickshire.
Warwickshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.
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Closing Date: 1st November 2021
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Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is committed to equality of opportunity for all employees and is keen to address areas of under representation in its workforce, this is because we really understand the importance of different voices, experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds within our workforce. Therefore, we particularly encourage applications from global ethnic majorities (GEM), individuals with disabilities and men, who are currently under-represented within WCC within this service area. WCC has a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for employees who hold these and other identities. See more.