Welcome to Sandwell Children’s Services. We’ve been working hard to improve the service we provide to the children and families of Sandwell, and we’re about to begin an exciting new chapter in the story of our improvement. We’re all about new beginnings. New beginnings for the families and children we support, and new beginnings for us. Sandwell is about to establish a brand new, independent Trust for its Children’s Services and we believe there has never been a better or more exciting time to join us.
The Trust will allow us to build on the progress we have already made and will help us to achieve our goal of providing the highest quality service possible. We want to develop innovative and effective approaches which have a positive impact on children’s lives, centred on the voices of children and young people.
We’re putting in place all of the elements that will make our vision a reality; strong and compelling leadership, an environment for excellent social work practice and personal and professional development opportunities.
If you want to work in a children’s social care environment that puts the child at the centre of everything and is committed to helping you to be your best, then you have a place in Sandwell Children’s Services.
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.
Sandwell made my development as a student social worker their priority. They helped me experience a variety of work, whilst supporting me along the way.
Knowing the work that I am doing is helping to safeguard the wellbeing of children within Sandwell, makes me feel so proud.
The Care Management Teams work with children and their families who are subject to Children in Need, Child Protection or Looked After Plans.
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 SPOC coordinates all incoming referrals ensuring that they follow the appropriate pathway for the child’s needs. The SPOC assesses whether there is a need for a social work assessment and/or intervention are required, if this is the case a referral will be created.
The MASH shares information on incoming referrals where concerns are raised in relation to children’s circumstances by members of the public, by professionals or self-referrals. When the information has been shared the MASH makes a decision as to what the level of concern is for the child, and which team will be able to respond in the best way.
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, the placements teams, commissioning as well as Leaving care accommodation officers.