To build on our journey of strengths-based practice and support for our families in Darlington, we are looking to expand our work significantly as we are adopting and implementing the Leeds Strengthening Families ethos. This is an exciting time to be part of the next phase of this vibrant programme which aims to:
· Support the council to safely and appropriately reduce the need for children and young people to enter the looked after system
· Create the conditions for good social work practice by supporting the development of a borough wide culture and ethos of restorative and relational working
· Improve the effectiveness of Local Authority Children’s Services
We are seeking enthusiastic, energetic and motivated individuals who want to be part of our next exciting chapter. You will be fundamental in creating an environment that supports and enables relational practice, building local capacity, relationship and skills and innovation as part of a whole system reform.
We are expanding our Fostering Service to focus on completing high quality assessments of Kinship Carers, coordinating comprehensive support packages to both the carers and the children they care for. Please note: these roles are not suitable for Newly Qualified Social workers within 12-18 months post-qualifying.
You will benefit from working in a compact Borough where managing a caseload is not hindered by travel, giving you more time with children and families. You will have access to regular training, reflective supervision and support from senior managers.
We have a strong commitment to professional development throughout all our children’s service areas, with a training programme that is workforce-led, with strong links to supervision, appraisal and audit. Our refreshed progression model further compliments personal and professional growth, with a structure that optimises succession planning into management roles. We support and encourage involvement throughout all areas, with regular opportunities readily available through a range of forums, which also focus on building resilience and well-being.
We are progressive and forward thinking and it is an ideal time to join us and be an integral part of our exciting journey to good within a modern and dynamic service that supports our children to thrive.