Darlington Children’s Services Are Implementing
Strengthening Families - Family Valued Programme
To build on our journey of strengths-based practice and support for our families in Darlington, we have expanded our work significantly, adopting and implementing the Leeds Strengthening Families ethos.
This is an exciting time to be part of this vibrant programme which is aimed 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 team. 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.
The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and dynamic practitioner with exceptional communication skills. You will the join team and will have a passion for working creatively and flexibly with children and families who are identified as being at the Edge of Care. We would particularly welcome applications from workers with experience in mental health, substance misuse or domestic violence.
Please note: this role is not suitable for Newly Qualified Social Workers within 12-18 months post-qualifying.
What’s in it for you!
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.
For detailed information on this role, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification.
For a further informal discussion, please contact Joseph Robb, Team Manager Keeping Families Together and Family Group Conference on 07534471243