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Children's social work

Children's social work

Benefits for social workers

We offer specific development programmes for our social worker workforce.

Children's social work involves a number of services including:

Fostering and Adoption

  • Assess the need for adoption support
  • Screen and support foster carers
  • Provide support to adoptive families
  • Manage adoption referrals
  • Provide counselling

Disabled Children’s Team

  • Provide support to children and families that have an identified additional need
  • Provide support to children and families who are going through the process of assessment for support

Children's social workers

Work closely to improve lives of children in our borough with internal teams such as:

  • Early years
  • Education psychologists
  • Welfare 
  • Youth offending

Some of the benefits of working with us in children’s social work include:

You would be joining a confident leadership team on a journey to offering a consistently good service. A service which works honestly and respectfully with families. Offering high support and challenge to meet the needs of their children in a time frame which makes sense to children. As a learning organisation we do not shy away from difficult decisions. We work creatively and assertively with families, extended family members, our staff and professional colleagues in other agencies.

We have high ambition to develop the reputation of the department and contribute to the our reputation as an employer of choice. The opportunity to be involved in ground-breaking service design will add considerable incentive to social workers to come to and stay with us.

You would receive a strong induction programme designed to ensure you receive the support and guidance you need in your first few weeks and months with us. This makes sure you are equipped to do the best possible job for children, young people and their families in our borough.

We will provide the right start to your career in our Children’s Services and aim to ensure that you remain a valued member of our team. Our learning and development team and training programme will provide you with a strong foundation on which to build and progress your career with us.

Managers are invited to join a leadership programme and shape the service and social work practice together. We want you to have maximum opportunities for success in your everyday work and celebrate with you your achievements and the real difference you have made to children’s lives.

Wokingham Borough Council are one of only 10 local authorities on the Early Help Innovations Project, led by Professor Eileen Munro, the national lead in Social Work Policy & Practice.  This provides in depth training and support in Signs of Safety practice.

Our social workers will have a unique learning and development opportunity by being part of this program.

A competitive salary structure that encompasses  career progression such as:

  • Social Worker 1 - £30,178 to £32,778
  • Social Worker 2 - £33,857 to £35,662
  • Social Worker 3 - £36,571 to £38,405
  • Senior Social Worker - £39,267 to £40,217
  • Assistant Team Manager / Practice Consultant 4 - £41,140 to £44,795
  • Team Manager - £45,727 to £48,516

We have a clear career progression scheme to support progression from Assessed and Supported Year in Employment - ASYE - on the Professional Capability Framework - PCF - to Advanced Practitioner. We have developed capability profiles with The College of Social Work for each social work role, based on the Professional Capability Framework - PCF.

Every 6 months this performance is assessed and at the end of the programme a certificate issued to successful employees, as well as additional annual leave and a retention bonus for key roles.

We are keen to allow our social workers to do what they enjoy and to free them from bureaucracy. So we offer an effective business support model. We provide dedicated support to all our social work teams so they can decide a model that works for them and provides the support they need.

"It enhanced my (still growing) understanding of the services and priorities in children's social care in the Council. It provided a sense of the operational activities and the links thereof to the strategic objectives in children's social care and it provided invitations to attend meetings that would strengthen and broaden the outcomes for children. Thank you - it is an outstanding practice.”

"I was impressed by the people I met at interview, they seemed very genuine and caring, now I am working with them they have fulfilled my expectation, this is an environment where I am supported to develop professionally.”

“I think Wokingham children’s social care is a good place to work because of the high quality training courses that are on offer. I have been really impressed with all of the training courses I have attended and have got so much out of them that I can put into my practice. I also think that it is great that Wokingham’s Safeguarding Children Board are now running multi-agency workshops so that everyone can learn from research and serious case reviews. Wokingham is committed to being a learning organization.”

“I have been encouraged, supported and trained to move from a management role to become an independent reviewing officer/child protection chair - which I love.”

“Wokingham have recognised and valued my previous experience and transferable skills and supported me with a wide variety of excellent training courses during my first year.”

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