SANDWELL CHILDREN’S TRUST – CHAIR
You want to be your best, so do we.
Welcome to Sandwell Children’s Trust. We’re working hard to improve the service we provide to the children and families of Sandwell.
We’re committed to helping you to be your best, in an environment that develops and encourages excellent working practices. Through effective supervision, specially-designed learning opportunities, a real focus on your wellbeing and career advancement, you will be the best you can be with us.
As a Trust, we’re able to continue our journey of improvement, transforming the way we do things. We can make the decisions that really matter. We can develop innovative and creative approaches which have the best possible impact on improving children and young people’s lives. We can make our ambitions, and yours, a reality.
As an experienced and valued Team Manager, you’ll lead a team of social care professionals in a specific area of care, to deliver a high quality service across the entire case work cycle, where the child’s voice is central to everything.
You’ll lead by example, promoting a positive working environment, where high standards of professional practice and quality are delivered and maintained. Through clear advice, reflective supervision and effective decision-making, but most importantly through strong leadership, you’ll empower your team to be their best, with clear direction and adherence to legislative requirements.
Improved outcomes for children, families and carers are the cornerstone for our service delivery and with this in mind you’ll manage, allocate and supervise cases ensuring high quality assessments and effective, timely support. You’ll be responsible for ensuring service targets are met and wherever possible improved upon.
You’ll be a champion, not only for our improvement journey, but also for the organisation’s values and behaviours and will show real commitment to your own and your team members continuous professional development.
I enjoy knowing that our team’s intervention helps improve the day to day experiences of children and their families. I also enjoy being able to make decisions that make a positive difference to lives. Being timely and focused, ensuring that the team are clear of expectations and by providing children and families a service, can make a real difference.
I need to be approachable, supportive and available to assist the team, I also develop their skills and knowledge and promote opportunities where they can reflect on their practice and intervention.
As a valued Senior Social Worker, you’ll use your wealth of post-qualifying experience to make a real difference to the children, young people and families of Sandwell. Championing best practice, you’ll safeguard and promote their welfare, ensuring all legislative requirements are met.
You’ll be responsible for a complex caseload of children and young people, assessing and planning for children in need of protection and in care. You’ll work in a proactive and timely way with multi-agency partners, using resources to their best advantage, with the child’s voice at the centre of all you do.
You’ll be confident with court work, including preparing and presenting reports, and able to lead section 47 work, with a sound knowledge of legislation and child development needs. With a flexible approach, you’ll support your Team Manager to ensure a high quality service is delivered at all times.
I get real enjoyment from helping colleagues to develop their professional skills, for me watching people reflect on how far they have come is the best part of the job.
We want to nurture and develop good quality Social Workers. Part of what I do is to model good practice so that students and Newly Qualified Social Workers can meet the needs of children and young people in the community.
As a valued Social Worker, you’ll assess the vulnerability of Sandwell’s children, providing a service that will significantly improve their quality of life. You’ll ensure the best outcome possible for our children, young people and their families, through safeguarding and promoting their welfare.
You’ll be responsible for a manageable caseload of children and young people. You’ll co-ordinate services using resources appropriately and involving multi-agency partners. You’ll conduct a range of assessments whilst listening to the views of the people you’re supporting.
Using best practice and ensuring all legislative requirements are met, you’ll deliver quality children’s plans in a proactive and timely manner, with a strong emphasis on the child’s voice. As well as preparing and presenting reports, you’ll also support your Team Manager to ensure a high quality service is delivered at all times
Social work is about direct work and supportive teamwork. Keeping Children safe is at the heart of my every decision.
My development as a student social worker has always been made a priority. I have experienced a variety of work, whilst always being supported along the way.
Since starting my manager has worked with me to identify my learning needs and plan to develop these with high quality training and varying practice experience. I am now being supported to work towards a promotion to Senior Social Worker with a plan to progress onto the Aspire (to management) Programme in the future.
The Care Management Service works with families who require social work intervention, due to challenges within the family. The work within Care Management is varied and provides social workers with a breadth of experience across children in need, children in need of protection and children subject to pre-proceedings and court proceedings under the Public Law Outline.
In Sandwell we are fortunate to have social workers with varied levels of experience and from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.
The work in Care Management will be varied and provide many opportunities for learning. Social workers in Sandwell are our biggest resource and are supported to develop to their full potential.
The LAC and Permanency Service holds the cases of children and young people whose plan is to live away from their birth parents, either for a short period of time or more permanently via long term fostering, residential, adoption, private fostering, semi-independent accommodation or placement with relative carers. Their aim is to always place children with their families wherever possible.
The MASH will make a decision as to the level of need/risks for the child and what action is required and by whom. This could be universal services, early help or a social work assessment. If there are significant concerns for a child then a strategy meeting will be held and immediate action taken by either social care and/or the police. All decisions regarding actions required to support or safeguard children are completed within 24 hours in order to ensure compliance with Working Together 2014.
The SPOC coordinates all incoming contacts regarding concerns raised in relation to children by members of the public, professionals or self-referrals. The SPOC triages the information and determines what action may need to be taken in order to meet the presenting needs of the child. This may include the need for multi-agency information sharing in order to gain a full holistic picture of the child’s circumstances. If this is required the contact is progressed to a referral and transferred to the MASH (Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub).
Principal Social Workers in all Local Authority are the conduit between front line workers and senior managers, helping to support the improvements of social work practice in Children’s Services. In Sandwell the Principal Social Worker Service are responsible for two main areas
Assistant Principal Social Workers (APSWs) offer support and mentoring across Children’s Services and act as assessors to Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) and students.
Targeted Family Support Workers work with families to prevent family breakdown and help children and young people to achieve better outcomes across all areas of their lives. Their work could range from task focused work, change work, solution focused work, parenting, group work and one to one work with young people.
Sandwell Council provides Targeted Services through our six locality based Community Operating Groups (COG). The 6 ‘COG Teams’ are based in Tipton, West Bromwich, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Oldbury and Wednesbury.
Each COG Manager is supported by two Senior Targeted Family Support Workers, up to six Targeted Family Support Workers (TFSWs) and an Early Help Social Worker.
Please click on a location for details.
Wednesbury Town Hall
Tel: 0121 569 7294
Sandwell Local (Tipton)
Tel: 0121 569 7291
Sandwell Local (West Bromwich)
The Court House
Tel: 0121 569 7293
Sandwell Council House
Tel: 0121 569 7295
Sandwell Local (Rowley)
Tel: 0121 569 7296
Sandwell Local (Smethwick)
Smethwick Council House
Tel: 0121 569 7297
The responsibility of the Business, Policy and Performance Team is to cover the infrastructure support of Children’s Social Care. Business, Policy and Performance consists of business admin officers, policy and planning, business planning, complaints monitoring for the entirety of children’s services, systems and performance who are responsible for systems development, training and support, data monitoring.