Compass Team- ‘Navigating journeys with families’
This is an exciting time to join Wokingham Borough Council as we expand our children’s workforce to meet an increase in demand for our services and create innovative new roles, using Signs of Safety as our practice framework.
This role sits within the Compass Team, which has recently been part of Wokingham’s focused Ofsted visit.
Working in collaboration with the social work teams across Wokingham “… Intensive and impactful interventions are provided by skilled, specialist social workers and practitioners in the new Compass Team. This work helps prevent breakdowns in family relationships, reducing the likelihood of children entering public care. A systemic approach, supported by a clinical psychologist, is opening new avenues for families to develop different and more positive ways of talking with each other and resolving their problems and conflicts” (Ofsted, 2021).
This is a relatively new team, set up in 2020, which aims to provide additional capacity to support social work teams to deliver and sustain positive outcomes, achieving permanence with children, families, carers and multiagency partners focusing on:
- Children remaining at home or in their connected networks when safe to do so (traditionally referred to as edge of care).
- Children remaining in placements for as long as appropriate and without any unplanned moves (traditionally referred to as placement stability).
- Children returning home or to their connected networks, so that they can safely leave care and build their relationships and resilience in their local communities (traditionally referred to as reunification).
The Compass Team Practitioner role - we are keen to recruit people with a range of skills and backgrounds who have experience of working with children and adults in varying contexts. You will want to develop your skills to work in a relationship-based way using systemic and trauma informed training in the signs of safety framework of Wokingham. You will have an ability to work collaboratively and build relationships both with families you work with and the professional network surrounding them. You will be required to work flexibly and creatively which may entail out of hours and possible weekend working. In return we will ensure you receive the appropriate training, support and supervision to ensure you can work effectively and develop in your career.
We know that the success of ANY team will be dependent upon the people we employ and are keen to hear from those that are flexible, dynamic and willing to work with safe uncertainty to achieve the best outcomes for our children.
To enable you to work to your best we will develop you in your role and as part of the team; additional training and support will be provided, and you will have an opportunity to develop the range of interventions and skills you bring to make a difference to children.
Closing date: 11.00pm Sunday 10th October
Interviews: w/c 1st November
If you are interested in this role and would like a further discussion, please contact Pj Lewis (Compass Team Manager) at email@example.com
To apply, please follow the link below to complete the online application form.
Wokingham Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, other workers and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates for this role will be subject to Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks along with other relevant employment checks.
WBC is an equal opportunities employer.
How to Apply
Please apply online via the link provided.
Please note, we do not accept CVs submitted without a fully completed online application form.