Where will you fit in?

The Children and Young People’s Service is structured into specialist teams across our different locations. Some social workers choose to move across teams and broaden their experience. Others specialise in a particular field. Here’s a quick insight into the teams and the kind of opportunities we offer. You can search and apply for current vacancies here.

Social workers - You’ll be right at the heart of children’s services: holding challenging caseloads, working closely with and engaging children and families in finding permanent solutions/ways forward. You’ll carefully assess situations to make evidence-based decisions and interventions that achieve positive outcomes for children.

Deputy Team Managers - You‘ll be involved in supervising and supporting Social Workers (including NQSW) and Family Support Workers in the team, managing and making decisions on contacts and referrals to the team, working with partners and supporting multi-agency working in the Locality.

Team Managers - You’ll be responsible for managing and making decisions on all contacts and referrals to the Team, auditing and quality assuring assessments, working with partners and supporting multi-agency working in the Gloucester Locality.

 

In this unique model, we’ve formed smaller multi-agency teams we call pods. They work with children and families in smaller geographical areas in and around Gloucester. Work is allocated according to the skills of the workers and priorities. Our social workers collaborate in the Pods with adult substance misuse, adult mental health and domestic violence specialists – to deliver a more cohesive service with a focus on outstanding practice.

Four Referral and Assessment Teams are in place across the county, providing the initial responses to child protection referrals. Some teams are co-located with Targeted Support Teams and two are jointly managed with the Referral and Assessment Teams. They are responsible for Initial Assessments, and work with families up to Initial Child Protection Conferences where this is necessary. Their focus is on delivering good quality assessments which take account of historical information, culture, disability and the experiences of the children.

We pride ourselves on offering a great career starting point for NQSWs. The training and support are first class, and we benefit from strong links with the University of Gloucester and the input of a Principal Social Worker dedicated to practice learning. As a NQSW you will now benefit from an ASYE Year – the assessed and supported year in employment. A protected caseload, tailored to your skills and experience, enables you to get a feel for the service and workloads while you grow into the role and the Gloucestershire team. Our structured career pathway is then designed to guide you to wherever you want to get in your career.

Our team is always interested in welcoming experienced social workers back to the profession after a break or time out. We’re currently working on a dedicated programme for returners – it’s important to us that you get all the support and training you need to return to practice and enjoy the job. We’re also open to flexible working and offer a number of family friendly benefits. If you are thinking about returning to Social Work – talk to us.

These teams are made up of different professionals including for example Children & Family Co-ordinators, Family Support Workers, Children with Disabilities Lead Professionals, Community Social Workers and Administrators. These teams listen to children, young people and their families to understand their problems and work with them to find a solution. They help with, family relationships, understanding and managing behaviour better, health and wellbeing as well making sure children and young people are kept safe, providing Triple P Parenting interventions. They work closely with other professionals such as Social Care, Youth Support, Schools, Health, Housing and the Police to offer a multi-agency plan of support.

The TACS offers an intensive, health visitor led programme for new born at risk of severe neglect from parental substance misuse, mental health, co-morbidity domestic abuse and those with experience of generational neglectful parenting. There are two referral routes into the service, ante-natal through the specialist midwives or through the 16+ team for Children in Care or Care Leaving young parents.  So far we have had 100% of families stay with the programme.  Families who have had their programmes ended have had their children removed or those who have moved out of the county. 

Families needing further social work interventions are transferred through to one of 7 locality based Children and Families teams. The role of these teams is to ensure that every child has a clear assessment of need, with a plan that sets out how help will be delivered, outcomes to be achieved and arrangements for review. Improvement work within these teams has been to ensure that the children’s experiences are reflected in assessments, plans and interventions and that direct work is purposeful and of high quality. Tools and models to aid social workers and family support workers have been developed and best practice is being shared and disseminated.

Children supported in these teams are either subject to child protection plans or children in need plans. These teams also make arrangements to look after children where this is needed, and if they are not successfully reunified before the second review, unless they are in proceedings they are transferred to one of two Children in Care teams or to the Young people’s team. As of 31st of March 2014 there were 2057 children in need supported across the 7 teams. These children have a high level of need but have not yet reached the child protection threshold. Disabled children and young people who need the support of social care access services through these teams as well. The services have developed personal budgets to enable individualised commissioning of support based to meet needs and outcomes for the child or young person. 

Children in care receive support from across a range of social care teams: A Children’s Permanence Team, primarily focused on younger children with a plan for adoption; an under 16’s children in care team; and those over 16 are supported by social workers in one of 3 social work teams based in the Youth Support Service that is managed under a contract awarded to Prospects. About a third of children in care are supported by social workers in one of the 7 locality based Children & Families teams (primarily those new to care and/or in care proceedings. In addition, a small number of families are supported by our Turn Around for Children Service (TACS) with 6 children in care being involved in the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC).

The Fostering service is comprised of 4 teams - A Fostering Recruitment Team, focused on recruiting new foster carers to the service, a Fostering Support Team focused on providing high quality support to existing carers, a Family Link team for disabled children, and a Fostering Friends and Family Team, developed in response to the increasing need for focus and specialism in this important and growing area.

Early help and targeted intervention is an important function of our commissioned Youth Support Service , a highly integrated service that brings together professionals from careers, youth work, youth crime prevention, social work, housing, police and health (physical, mental, substance misuse). The service was radically reshaped in 2011 and re-commissioned in 2013 as the only youth support service in the country to integrate youth offending. It is provided by Prospects Services.

The Virtual School is a team of teachers and learning mentors who work to support the education of Children in Care and care leavers up to the age of 18. Their role is to champion the educational needs of our young people. This involves monitoring progress and attendance, supporting our young people and professionals around them, quality assuring personal education plans and the use of the Pupil Premium, planning targeted interventions and celebrating achievements. To do this, they work together with schools, carers, social workers, health professionals and education professionals. They aim to offer practical support for children, young people and their carers throughout their education, as well as support at specific times such as the transfer to primary or secondary, exclusions and gaining appropriate support for any special educational needs. The team includes an Edge of Care Mentor and an Adoption Mentor. In addition to the direct educational supports, the Virtual School also values wider achievements and learning through a host of opportunities including the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, Summer School, and various projects and sports taster days.

The adoption team recruit and assess prospective adopters, and we support adopters through the process of identifying children whom they can meet the needs of. We offer ongoing support to them from the beginning of any placement right the way though to post adoption. Once a child reaches adulthood they are able to access the our support to adopted adults.