Be at the Heart of Social Work
Making a difference to children, young people and families.
The Edge of Care service is looking to expand and build on their existing success, in maintaining children in their family unit. This dedicated service provides intensive support to children and their families through a dedicated integrated team, with the overall aim of reducing risk to children and keeping them at home with their family. This is an exciting opportunity for you to join a developing team and service and to be part of growing the vision for improving services to our most vulnerable children.
Feedback from some of our parents:
Mother – “I hope many more families get the opportunity of the positive changes that the edge of care team have given to my family.”
Mother – “I would like to thank you for everything, for giving me not only the opportunity to prove how much I’ve changed, but for helping me realise that Social Care re not there to tear my family apart, but to hep rebuild my family.”
Mother – “Throughout this case I realised in fact, it’s ok to ask for help, it isn’t a weakness, but actually a sign of bravery and no one is trying to catch you out.”
Why work for the Edge of Care Service?
• You will be an experienced social worker looking to enhance your social work skills.
• You will have a capped case load of 14 children, subject to child protection and child in need planning.
• You will be part of an integrated team including Family Group Conference, Family Intervention Workers, Therapeutic Parenting and Reunification social workers.
• Children who become Looked after either via S20 accommodation or Interim Care Orders are transferred to the Assessment Team/Children We Look After Team.
• Regular reflective group supervisions including all team members supporting the family.
• Since the service began, we have supported 81 children (45 families), of these only 12 have become children we look after, showing the success rate of 87.5% children remaining with their families.
• The service gains regular positive feedback in terms of the interventions and work completed with audits showing 68% of good/outstanding practice.
• Great support from Managers and Senior Managers
• Competitive salary
• The service is based in the Edge of Care Hub, Fourway’s Children’s Centre
• As a service we continue to look at ways to develop adapt and build our services for the benefit of the children and families we are supporting.
Why work for St Helens?
We are a strong, resilient Council, that respects and values the individuality and diversity that every employee brings to the Council. We offer
• Free car parking at the office base, Atlas House
• Essential care user allowance subject to criteria being met
• Newly refurbished office space, creating a positive, open working environment – see our fantastic video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tXXInE7T0s
• Hybrid way of working involving working from home with occasion working in our agile hub at Atlas House
• Staff employee discounts https://thecog.sthelens.gov.uk/article/2358/Employee-Discounts-Offers including Health Care Cash Plans, and opportunity to join The Company Shop
• Fantastic training opportunities, offering virtual and face to face training to all staff
• Successful ASYE training and support package
• Opportunity to purchase additional leave
• Signs of Safety model of working
• Attractive salary and relocation package
• Progression opportunities and career pathway
• Excellent pension scheme
• Supportive retirement planning
• Equal Opportunities employer welcoming applicants from the BAME community
The successful candidate will be:-
· Social Work qualified
· Have at least 2 years post qualifying experience
· Have experience and knowledge of associated legislation
· Have a commitment to anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice
. A vision and passion providing a targeting response to children and young people identified at the Edge of Care.
Working in St Helens:
With its mix of glorious countryside covering 55% of the Borough, quality culture and entertainment and first-class sport, St. Helens has something for everyone.
Located at the heart of England’s North West - midway between the cosmopolitan cities of Liverpool and Manchester, and within a 90-minute drive of the Lake District. St. Helens has a varied and growing affordable residential offer, ranging from town centre apartments to urban villages and rural located executive and family homes. Schools in the Borough obtain strong exam results and are experiencing year on year increases in performance. In short, St. Helens offers a quality of life that few locations can.
Council employees are required to abide by the ethical standards embodied by the 7 NOLAN principles of conduct in public life. These include selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
We welcome applications from the BAME community.
For an informal discussion please contact Sue Walker, Service Lead, Edge of Care on; 07857601692