Brighton and Hove Children’s Services are on a journey to improve outcomes for the children and families we support. We have implemented relationship-based practice in Children's Social Work Services and, as part of our inspection last year, Ofsted highlighted that: ‘Ambition is high but realistic and sustainable change is being made.’
Under our DCS, Pinaki Ghoshal, we have become one Children’s Service and we have excellent multi-agency partnership working – established, challenged and supported by an effective LSCB. We have re-designed our Children’s Social Work services to introduce a ‘Team Around the Relationship Model’, supporting our social workers to undertake relationship-based practice with children and families to help create safe and stable family lives. We are working with a range of partners, including the Universities of Sussex and Brighton, the Centre for Social Work Practice, and the Tavistock Centre, as well as our own staff and the children and families we support, to make this vision a reality. We are implementing systemic changes to create a learning organisation that supports good social work practice.
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The UASC Team provides a vital social work service to our Looked After Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and support and advice to our Care Leavers during their transition from living in care to adult life.
The social worker role includes undertaking a needs assessment when the child / young person arrives, which develops the Pathway Plan, undertake age assessments in some cases and ensure Looked After Children processes are in place to meet the child / young person’s identified needs. In addition Single Assessments (Strengthening Families Assessments) are undertaken by the social workers in this team, working with homeless 16 /17 year olds and families with NRPF (no recourse to public funds) and housing needs.
It’s an exciting time to be join this team, who are a deeply committed group of staff - they are passionate about ensuring our UASC children and Care Leavers are offered the best opportunities possible to:
-have a positive experience as looked after children and as care leavers
-engage in education, training and employment opportunities
-acquire budgeting and life skills
-maintain their accommodation and secure housing
-live a healthy lifestyle and access health services
-make positive use of community and leisure services
-promote family and friendship links
-be aware of their responsibilities as citizens
In Brighton & Hove there has been the re-designing of our children’s social work services in Autumn 2015, part of which was the formation of a specialist Leaving Care Team. We passionately believe that putting relationship-based practice at the centre of everything we do enables us to provide consistent and quality support to our Looked After Children and Care Leavers so that they can have the very best start in adult life and to live happy, healthy and safe and independent lives.
The changes we have introduced are already having a positive impact on our ability to provide consistent and unbroken support young people. Our recent Peer Review highlighted that our ‘social workers and support staff at every level were impressive’ and they had ‘confidence in the management team’. But we can’t realise our ambition to become a centre of excellence and best practice without more dedicated, skilled and motivated social workers like you.
We will give you the time and active support you need to make a real difference to children and young peoples lives and you will be encouraged to take part in practice research and to contribute to practice development within the service.
So if you have the skills, interest and experience of working with Looked After asylum seeking children and Care Leavers we would like to hear from you.
This is a permanent post and an opportunity to join our dedicated team, so why not come and join us.
For an informal chat about this role please contact Kate Eccles, Pod Manager on 01273 293414 or email Kate.J.Eccles@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk
Interview Date: Tuesday 26th March 2019.
At Brighton & Hove City Council we offer staff a range of benefits. If you choose to work for us, in return we can offer you:
-A competitive salary
-Career average pension scheme
-Generous holiday (23 days rising to 25 days after 5 years)
-An opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills
-A range of other staff benefits
Find out more about Living in Brighton & Hove on our website.
A market supplement of £2,736 for social workers in case-holding pods is included.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.
As part of Brighton & Hove City Council’s ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process, without prior notice if a suitable redeployee (internal employee at risk of redundancy) is identified.
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.