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Working for our Children's Services Social Care Teams

Working for our Children's Services Social Care Teams

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Carol Cammiss, Director of Children’s Services
Carol Cammiss, Director of Children's Services

Special message about coronavirus

'This continues to be the most challenging time for all of us in Social Care, and I would like to extend my thanks to the whole children’s workforce for the incredible support being provided to children, young people and families across the country.

Here in Wokingham, I am immeasurably proud of our Social Work teams.  As a council we are well set-up to work flexibly, and we are using the technology available to us to enable safe but consistent work with our families.  That we are finding ways to continue to help children, young people, and each other so collaboratively is testament to the supportive culture we have in the Borough.

We continue to seek talented people to join our Social Work teams.  If you are considering your next move, and looking to join a service where manageable caseloads, high quality support, training, development and opportunity is at the heart of our offer, I would urge you consider joining us here at Wokingham.

I look forward to hearing from you and wish you the very best during this unprecedented time.'

Carol Cammiss, Director of Children’s Services, Wokingham Borough Council

Our Children's Services

When Children's Services get involved in the life of a child our priority is to make sure our social workers have the support, time and resources they need to provide an excellent quality of service - the kind of service we ourselves would wish to receive.

We're committed to social workers having case loads that give them time to focus on relationship based practice and we're growing our workforce to reflect this. We want to maintain an environment where practice can flourish and we offer:

  • Good quality supervision
  • A wide range of training and development opportunities
  • A visible and responsive leadership team  

We've adopted Signs of Safety as our practice framework. This is a strength based and safety-focused approach which prioritises direct work and relationships with the child and their network. Our commitment to this includes training staff at all levels in Children's Services. We also use this strengths based approach in the support and line management of our staff.

Our teams

Our staff are at the heart of our organisation. Childrens Service's are made up of a number of teams who all pride themselves on the quality of care given to children across our borough.

Discover our teams below to understand why #WhyWokingham is where you should be:

Being a member of our Children in Care team presents limitless opportunities to make a huge difference to the lives of children in long-term care.

Whether this be in foster care or residential homes the team support children and young people to ensure they receive the best possible opportunities in life.

They strongly promote the development of independence skills to make sure young people transition effectively into adulthood.

This team is made up of a Team Manager, Assistant Team Managers, Social Workers and Personal Assistants.   

The  Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and Duty, Triage and Assessment Team (DTA) acts as the front door for Children's Services and are the first point of contact for families in need.

Working alongside the child, young person or family, the team make sure that the right kind of support is delivered at the right time.

This team is made up of a Team Manager, Assistant Team Managers, Social Workers and Referral Co-ordinators. 

Conifers, Brambles and Ambleside work with children who are subject to Child in Need, Child Protection or Child in Care plans, where permanency plans are being developed.

These teams are made up of a Team Manager, Assistant Team Managers, Social Workers and newly developed role of Practice Assistant. 

The Family Placement Teams recruits, assesses and supports foster carers. They also undertake assessments of prospective SGO and Connected Carers. 

The team is made up of a Team Manager, Assistant Team Manager, Social Workers and a Recruitment Officer. 

The Children with Disabilities Team provides support to children and families that have an identified additional need and support children and families who are going through the process of assessment for support.

This Team is made up of a Team Manager, Assistant Team Managers, Social Workers.  

The Compass Team will develop new ways of working and provide additional capacity to support social work teams deliver and sustain positive outcomes. It will achieve permanence with children, families, carers and multiagency partners, it will ‘Navigate Journeys with children’ through focusing on:

  • Children remaining at home or in their connected networks when safe to do so (traditionally referred to as edge of care)
  • Children remaining in placements for as long as appropriate and without any unplanned moves (traditionally referred to as placement stability)
  • Children returning home or to their connected networks, so that they can safely leave care and build their relationships and resilience in their local communities (traditionally referred to as reunification)

The team will be made up of a Team Manager, a Psychologist and three Child and Family Workers.

Visit our Compass Team page for more information about why we formed this new innovative team!

For more information contact Amanda Radley at amanda.radley@wokingham.gov.uk.

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