Roles in Children's Social Care

Where will you fit in

The Children and Young People’s Service is structured into locality based teams working out of our locality offices and specialist countywide teams based centrally. Some social workers choose to move across teams and broaden their experience whereas others specialise in a particular field. Here’s a quick insight into the different roles we have and the different teams too. You can search and apply for current vacancies using the link to the right.  

Social workers 

You’ll be right at the heart of children’s services: holding challenging caseloads, working closely with and engaging children and families in finding permanent solutions/ways forward. You’ll carefully assess situations to make evidence-based decisions and interventions that achieve positive outcomes for children.

Senior Practitioners

You will be an experienced and skilled social worker and will work with your team to provide mentoring and support around cases and support team development and changes in practice.

Deputy Team Managers

You‘ll be involved in supervising and supporting Social Workers (including NQSW) and Family Support Workers in the team, managing and making decisions on casework and referrals to the team, working with partners and supporting multi-agency working.

Team Managers

You’ll have oversight of your team, managing the performance and development of your team, ensuring the quality of practice and timescales are met.  You will be making and managing decisions around the cases in your team, working closely with multi-agency partners in doing so.

 

Teams

We have successfully introduced a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub which works closely with partners to explore any concern or risk around referrals to social care and inform decision making about responses required.

Our Referral and Assessment Teams operate across the county, providing the initial responses to child protection referrals. These teams are based in localities with our Children & Families team with some of the smaller localities having joint teams. They are responsible for single assessments, and work with families up to Initial Child Protection Conferences where this is necessary. Their focus is on delivering good quality assessments which take account of historical information, culture, disability and the experiences of the children.  In addition these teams will continue to hold some children in need cases requiring a short intervention.

Families needing further social work interventions are transferred through to one of our locality based Children and Families teams. The role of these teams is to ensure that every child has a clear assessment of need, with a plan that sets out how help will be delivered, outcomes to be achieved and arrangements for review.  Children supported in these teams are either subject to child protection plans or children in need plans. These teams also make arrangements to look after children where this is needed, and if they are not successfully reunified before the second review, unless they are in proceedings they are transferred to one of our Children in Care teams.

In this unique model, we’ve formed smaller multi-agency teams we call pods. They work with children and families in smaller geographical areas within our Gloucester locality. Work is allocated according to the skills of the workers and priorities. Our social workers collaborate in the Pods with adult substance misuse, adult mental health and domestic violence specialists – to deliver a more cohesive service with a focus on outstanding practice.

The Fostering service is comprised of 4 teams - A Fostering Recruitment Team, focused on recruiting new foster carers to the service, a Fostering Support Team focused on providing high quality support to existing carers, a Family Link team to provide short breaks to disabled children, and a Fostering Friends and Family Team, developed in response to the increasing need for focus and specialism in this important and growing area.

The adoption team recruits and assesses prospective adopters, and we support adopters through the process of identifying children whom they can meet the needs of. We offer ongoing support to them from the beginning of any placement right the way though to post adoption. Once a child reaches adulthood they are able to access our support to adopted adults.

The TACS offers an intensive, multi-agency approach for new born children at risk of severe neglect from parental substance misuse, mental health, co-morbidity domestic abuse and those with experience of generational neglectful parenting. There are two referral routes into the service, ante-natal through the specialist midwives or through the teams for Children in Care or Care Leaving young parents.  So far we have had 100% of families stay with the programme.  Families who have had their programmes ended have had their children removed or those who have moved out of the county. 

This countywide specialist team works with disabled children and young people up to the age of 25 who need the support of social care. The team identifies and provides support across the spectrum of early help, Children In Need, Child Protection, Children in Care and young disabled adults through the Care Act Framework. The service follows a personalised approach and uses personal budgets to enable individualised commissioning of support based to meet needs and outcomes for the child or young person.

 

Find out more

We pride ourselves on offering a great career starting point for NQSWs. The training and support are first class, and we benefit from strong links with the University of Gloucestershire and the input of a Principal Social Worker dedicated to practice learning. As a NQSW you will benefit from an ASYE Year (the assessed and supported year in employment), this will include a protected caseload, tailored to your skills and experience, enabling you to get a feel for the service and workloads while you grow into the role and settle into your  team. Our structured career pathway is then designed to guide you to wherever you want to get in your career.

Gloucestershire is always interested in welcoming experienced social workers back to the profession after a break or time out. We are currently working on a dedicated programme for returners – it’s important to us that you get all the support and training you need to feel confident to return to practice and enjoy the job. We are also open to flexible working and offer a number of family friendly benefits. If you are thinking about returning to Social Work you can talk to our principal social workers directly: CSWrecruitment@gloucestershire.gov.uk

 

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