Mental Health Support Worker
At Warwickshire County Council (WCC) we work with families restoratively, building strong relationships and connections to help families find long-lasting solutions. Our work with children and families contributes to our wider council aim – to make Warwickshire the best it can be for everyone and to create a Child Friendly Warwickshire. 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 is prepared to get stuck in, who like us, wants to do the best job possible, who approaches everything with passion, tenacity, courage and purpose, then we want you to work with us.
Throughout 2020 we continued to look to the future and build on our programme of change and £21m investment in the service.... Covid hasn’t stopped us!
It has helped us shape and develop a focus on wellbeing and ensuring our technology, supportive leadership and supervision offer is the backbone to our offer to our workforce. WCC invested in Microsoft technology in 2020 including the use of Surface Pros and MS365 suite which has enabled our workforce to seamlessly transition to community and homeworking and is fully supported by a team of ICT specialist.
We have a whole council commitment to flexible working and employee wellbeing. We nurture, support and challenge each other to achieve the best outcomes for all our children.
We are engaged in a substantial £21m change and investment programme with funding from both the Council and Department for Education to strengthen relationship and evidenced based practice. This includes the introduction of the Leeds Family Values model (increase Family Group Conferences, more support for Special Guardians and a Caring Dads Programme). We also have a new Children’s Workforce Academy. All underpinned by restorative and trauma informed practice.
WCC is an authority that engages with innovation – we are trialling ‘kit bags’ for the What Works Centre and we have commissioned an equalities review of our services from EQUIP as part of our response to challenges raised by Black Lives Matter. Post pandemic we will maintain lessons learnt and use this as an opportunity to reconnect and refocus on partnership and 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. 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’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 investing in Children's Services and implementing exciting new ways to support children and families. Over the next 2 years we are investing in new projects which will extend early help support for families, integrate adult specialist practitioners into Children's Services, extend support to families in need of support and safeguarding and extend support for our children in care and care leavers. We are well on the road to good with a stable workforce, manageable caseloads and good supervision. However, we are ambitious and want to be the very best we can be for the children of Warwickshire.
This role will form part of our Multi-Disciplinary Team where services will work together and use their specific skills to support families to achieve positive changes. This will support us to safely reduce the number of children requiring support under Child Protection, Child in Need or foster care.
Our staff value families and understand the centrality of family to children's lives. We seek practitioners who have demonstrated a commitment to a whole family approach and who will go the extra mile to support parents and children to resolve issues so that they can safely stay together.
As part of our commitment to different ways of working, all members of staff within the Multidisciplinary Children’s Team will be trained in Advanced Motivational Interviewing skills.
The roles as part of the Multi-Disciplinary Team are funded until 31st March 2023, however there will be an evaluation of the programme whilst it is running with a view to extending this model of working.
Location is Nuneaton for Mental Health and Nuneaton and Atherstone for Domestic abuse.
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This is also a secondment opportunity for current employees; please seek approval from your Manager before applying.
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Closing date: 23rd July 2021
Interview date: 29th July 2021
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Warwickshire County Council is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and is keen to address areas of under representation in its workforce and would particularly welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons from the BAME community, disabled people and people from the LGBT+ Community.