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Hampshire County Council

We're pioneering some changes to social care practice in Hampshire and radically changing the way we work. The transformation of our service has led to us being one of just a few children’s services authorities in the country to be rated ‘outstanding’ across all areas by Ofsted – which means children in Hampshire’s care are safe and well looked after and that it is a great place to practice as a social worker.

Inspectors reported how the County Council’s social workers are highly skilled at building meaningful relationships with children and that children in care benefit from high-quality support, which is making a real difference to their lives. Alongside this, Ofsted credited the County Council’s strong political and corporate support – and how the well-targeted financial investment has enabled the Service’s leadership team to implement an ambitious programme of change. All of which has led to strengthened services, ensuring that the right help is available at the right time from the right people.

However, the hard work does not stop here. It's an exciting time to join us as we're investing £6.5 million in social workers to continue to drive this transformation. We’re enabling Hampshire social workers to be more agile in their role, leaving them more fulfilled professionally and able to enjoy a positive work-life balance. All while working and training alongside some of the very best in the profession.

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Barnardo’s

At Barnardo’s, we work directly with 248,000 children, young people, parents and carers every year and run over 996 vital services across the UK. We understand the difficulties organisations are facing in times of continuous change and where services are coping with increased demands and competing priorities. Barnardo’s Training and Consultancy provide high quality and high impact training that supports commissioners to deliver safe services and have a skilled, knowledgeable workforce. Our delivery has a clear focus on listening to the voices of children and young people and child centred, promoting young people’s well-being, and safeguarding them from harm. We pride ourselves on wanting to really understand commissioner requirements and providing solutions which improve the lives of the most vulnerable children and young people.

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British Association of Social Workers (BASW)

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is the largest professional association for social work in the UK. Become a BASW member for services that protect, support and develop your social work career, and to help shape the profession. As part of your membership you will receive; £5m indemnity insurance cover, advice and representation from qualified social workers, access to learning and resources, attendance at events for free or at reduced rates, copy of the PSW magazine, discount offers on publications and high street retailers and much more. For more information on membership benefits visit: https://www.basw.co.uk/membership

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Brighter Futures for Children

This is a great time to join Brighter Futures for Children, a not-for-profit company set up to improve the delivery of children’s social care, early help & prevention, education and SEND services in Reading. In less than a year, we have gone from an Ofsted rating of ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Requires Improvement to be Good’. We protect and enhance the lives of the children of Reading. We help families find long-term solutions to ensure children lead happy, healthy, and successful lives. We embrace new and proven ways of working, including:

  • Trauma Informed practice
  • Restorative approaches
  • Strong partnership working
  • Quick and appropriate decision-making

We offer a supportive framework to develop your career; you’ll work in a friendly and collaborative environment where we are committed to delivering positive outcomes. We have a strong training and developmental pathway. All team managers are permanent staff and our Consultant Practitioners will coach, mentor and support you.

Coram Voice

Coram Voice

Coram Voice is a leading children’s rights charity. We champion the rights of children. We get young voices heard in decisions that matter to them and work to improve the lives of children in care, care leavers and others who depend upon the help of the state.

Coram Voice has provided a specialist Freephone advocacy helpline for over 20 years and has been commissioned by the Department of Education to deliver the National Advocacy Safety Net and Advice Service for children and young people in and leaving care, through our Always Heard Service. We provide independent advice and help young people get local advocacy support. We provide safety net advocacy when local support is unavailable. Coram Voice provides specialist advocacy in the areas of disability (including Non Instructed Advocacy or NIA), mental health, refugee and migrant children, care leavers (16+) and homelessness.

Working with children aged 11 and under Coram Voice developed AdvoCat, a cartoon character who, using animation and engaging language, explains to children what advocacy is and how it can help them. Children loved it and thought that AdvoCat would be their super hero helping them get their voices heard “loud and clear”. Our aim, at Coram Voice is that every child being supported by children’s services knows about AdvoCat and are therefore disseminating this information nationally free of charge.

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The Embassy of the Republic of Poland

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London is the diplomatic mission of the Republic of Poland in the capital of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. From August 2016, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the UK is Arkady Rzegocki. Poland and the United Kingdom remain important partners. Due to a significant numbers of Polish families residing in the UK as well as the continuously growing number of care proceeding applications regarding Polish minors and in response to the increasing number of parents' requests for the participation of the representatives from our Embassy in court hearings a Care Proceedings Unit was established in 2017 within the Consular Section of the Polish Embassy in London. At present it consists of a consular officer (vice-consul) and two Specialist with relevant knowledge in the field of law and particular aspects of social work.

The main role of the Care Proceedings Unit is to provide emotional, practical and quasi-legal support and guidance to Polish Parents, whose children became the subject of intervention by the British local authorities as well as Courts. Our focus is to assist them in understanding the problem/concerns, consider the reasons for involvement of the social services as well as inform them on their rights and obligations during the current proceedings.

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Community Care

The Community Care group is at the heart of your social care career. We offer a selection of products that work together to give social care professionals constant support in the ever-changing social care sector.

Communitycare.co.uk delivers news and analysis direct to your inbox to help you keep up to date with the latest developments in social care. Community Care Inform is an online resource for employers, enabling social care professionals working with Children or Adults to make robust, evidence-based decisions. It is a key tool to help you achieve consistent high quality social work practice and ensure social work teams are making confident, legally compliant decisions.

Isle of Wight Council

Isle of Wight Council

Ofsted have rated us as a GOOD children's social care across all areas following our recent inspection.

Ofsted determined that:

'Children's lived experience is at the centre of social work practice on the Island.'

'Aspirational and highly competent leaders have a clear and shared vision for children's services.'

We are embarking upon a significant two-year investment programme of social work transformation. Building on our successful Family Intervention Team approach, we are recruiting children's mental health and emotional well-being professionals to work with our social workers. These professionals will join our adult mental health workers and adult substance misuse workers who work with the adults in the family alongside you as the child’s social worker.

You will also have support from a Social Worker Personal Assistant who provides you with dedicated business administrative support plus you will have mobile working technology to enable flexible working. Our focus is on safeguarding children whilst recognising strengths and building resilience within individuals, families and local communities.

You will have access to extensive quality training and professional development opportunities. We offer a nine-day fortnight, an additional five days continuing professional development plus 31 days of annual leave to enjoy the unique lifestyle the Isle of Wight offers.

For those considering relocating, we offer a generous relocation package. We pay a market supplement which is reviewed annually. For those who decide to commute daily, we can reimburse travel costs.

Come and talk to us at our stand about the benefits and opportunities of living and working on the Isle of Wight.

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Jessica Kingsley Publishers was founded in 1987 in London by Jessica Kingsley and is committed to publishing books that make a difference. In 2004 we opened our US office, in Philadelphia and in 2017 we became part of the John Murray Press division of Hachette Group.

We publish books for professionals and general readers in a range of subjects. We are well known for our long established lists on the autism spectrum, social work, and arts therapies. More recently we have published extensively in the fields of mental health, counselling, palliative care, practical theology and gender diversity. We have a range of graphic novels across these subject areas, and books for children, on issues including bereavement, depression and anger.

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Kent University

The University of Kent’s Centre for Child Protection aims to inspire and motivate staff to raise professional standards through confident practice.

The Centre’s simulations enable players to work through situations, encouraging reflection and review. This develops staff confidence and skills to manage child protection issues. The simulations focus on face-to-face interactions with a complex family; and also the latest social media apps for use by young people.

You will hear about and see a demonstration of ‘myCourtroom: Rosie’s family go to court’. The story of Rosie began in ‘Rosie 2, assessing parental capacity and neglect in complex families’ when she was nine years old. It continues two years later, aged eleven, as her family now goes to court in a private law case. A disclosure by Rosie, as the case progresses, results in local authority involvement this then results in Rosie’s case becoming a public law case. ‘MyCourtroom’ offers professionals a unique training experience designed for social workers, family court advisers and all child protection professionals.

The Centre brings together inter-professional perspectives using innovative techniques throughout its two-year distance learning MA in Advanced Child Protection. CPD short courses have been developed teaching ‘Direct Work with Children’ and ‘New Perspectives in Assessment’. The latest module ’Support, help and intervention in international child protection’ is now available as an option on the MA. More information on our training sessions, MA and MA Standalone Modules can be found at www.kent.ac.uk/sspssr/ccp/index.html or by emailing www.kent.ac.uk/sspssr/ccp/index.html.

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Medway Council

In Medway Children's Services and across all our social work practice we are committed to social work values and promoting the professionalism of social work.Our delivery of children's services is informed by our vision of achieving positive change for families we work with so that children are safe, services are effective, and families feel supported and enabled to care for their children.

We are committed to establishing a skilled and permanent workforce. We have four defined social work roles, NQSW; Social Worker; Experienced Social Worker and Senior Practitioner to support practitioners to stay in practice.Medway Children and Adults Academy has a comprehensive programme of training and support including an ASYE programme and post qualifying accredited training for experienced practitioners and managers.We will support you through training, reflective group and individual supervision, coaching, team and service meetings as well as offering a wealth of opportunities to help you with your continuous professional development

Medway has been successful as the lead partner to obtain funding for the Kent – Medway and South East England Teaching Partnership, with Kent County Council, the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University. Together we are developing joint approaches to recruitment, curriculum development and delivery, to meet identified needs both for students and qualified social workers.

The Medway model of social work uses Systemic Theory and approaches as a foundation for understanding the complex problems our families face and it supports our belief that children are best cared for within their families so long as this is safe.We use the Strengthening Families Model to organise and describe our work with children and families throughout our case records; the model is used in our Child Protection Conferences. Specific models of assessment and intervention are used for identified needs such as the Graded Care Profile; Parenting Assessments and Direct work with Children.Our professional development offer includes training in all these areas and also the Practice Education of social work students.We have redesigned our career progression scheme to reward continuity of practice and designed career pathways that reflect the importance we place on the work social workers undertake.

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Mermaids UK

Mermaids is passionate about supporting children, young people, and their families to achieve a happier life in the face of great adversity. We work to raise awareness about gender nonconformity in children and young people amongst professionals and the general public. We campaign for the recognition of gender dysphoria in young people and lobby for improvements in professional services.

Formed in 1995 by a group of parents brought together by their children’s longstanding gender incongruence, Mermaids has evolved and grown to meet demand and offer appropriate resources to young people, their families and carers, and professionals working with gender variant young people. Formed primarily as a support group, our focus has widened dramatically over the last few years.

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Oxfordshire County Council

We have been judged by Ofsted to provide a good standard of care and protection for children and young people in Oxfordshire. We are one of only ten authorities to have received this rating.

Our approach to work is values based – anyone can say that but here, you see it, live it, breathe it – everyone is genuinely committed to getting the best possible outcomes for children and young people and this makes it a motivating environment to work in. We don’t do one-size fits all training here – it’s all about you. Our innovative Oxfordshire Social Work Academy offers outstanding practice and professional development to all of our social workers. Be part of it.

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Portsmouth City Council

Portsmouth Children, Families and Education Department is part of a City Council that has big ambitions to achieve consistently good and better outcomes with local children, young people and families. Currently judged to be a 'Good' local authority children's service by Ofsted, with our Local Area SEND inspection outcome due to be published imminently, we have much to offer and are keen to attract newly qualified and experienced social work practitioners and managers who share our values and ambition. We deliver early help support and statutory social work with children and young people in need of support, protection and care across the whole of the child's journey including a 'front door' Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub, Locality Teams in the north, south and central parts of the city as well as Through Care Teams, a Youth Offending Team and Fostering, Adoption and Residential Care.

As a restorative service, the senior leadership team and wider management group provide 'high challenge' and 'high support' to create the optimum conditions to deliver best practice. We provide accessible, responsive and skilled supervision, manageable caseloads, and lots of opportunities for learning, development and progression. Our 'Stronger Futures 2' Strategy includes transformational plans for delivering a Family Safeguarding Model, Trauma Informed Model of Care, the Mockingbird (Fostering) Programme and we are on track to launch our new MOSAIC IT system in October 2019. In addition to these innovations, Portsmouth is a city where integration and multi-agency working is real and tangible, providing a strong framework for making a difference to children and families. So, if you're a qualified social worker looking to be part of a powerful team - we'd like to talk with you.

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Social Work England

Every day, social workers support millions of people to improve their chances in life. Social Work England is a specialist body taking a new approach to regulating social workers in their vital roles. We believe in the power of collaboration and share a common goal with those we regulate—to protect the public, enable positive change and, ultimately, improve people’s lives

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Southampton City Council

Here at Southampton City Council, we take great pride in our Social Work teams. They are incredible individuals who often go beyond their remit. They work as a team, pulling together to support one another. They often comment that working for Southampton City Council is like being part of a family where they can build strong long lasting work friendships whilst developing professional relationships. As a unitary authority, our staff’s ideas on how to improve outcomes for service users or improve conditions for staff can be heard and implemented – often with ease – the best ideas come from those who are front line and this is recognised here in Southampton. We are so very passionate about ‘doing the right thing’ and creating an environment to make that positive difference to the diverse population of Southampton.

The ambition for Southampton to become a restorative child friendly city was launched in November 2017 building on a number of initiatives already in place. We want Southampton to be the best city for all our children and young people, working restoratively is the way we will achieve this. Restorative working is a way of being. It focuses on building relationships that create positive change to improve outcomes. It is about working with and not doing to people. It can be used working with families and supporting customer engagement and experience in all services.

Our Social Workers receive regular reflective supervision, including group supervision and have access to a high quality comprehensive training programme. We are committed to supporting our Social Workers through professional development, opportunities for advancement and involvement in national initiatives. All staff recruited are of a high quality reflecting the ambition and standards of our service.

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Surrey County Council

This is a great time to join Surrey. We are creating an environment where talent is nurtured and people are supported to be the best they can be. Our work with partners is ensuring that the child is at the centre of everything we do, and we are looking for social workers and social work managers who can help us make a real difference by driving forward the transformation of our services.

Our vision in Surrey rests on promoting the upbringing of children within their birth families and will work with those families to ensure children can remain safely at home wherever possible. To do this we need to work together in an open way with the child and their family to gain their confidence, identify strengths and needs, to find practical and achievable solutions, and to provide the right amount of information, advice and support.

To support this work we have introduced Effective Family Resilience which is our new approach to Early Help and the Social Work practice model Family Safeguarding.

Surrey Children's Services Academy (SCSA) was launched in January 2019 and works in partnership with all statutory and voluntary agencies who provide services to Children and Young People to recruit, develop and retain the workforce, giving the best care and support to Surrey’s children, young people and families.

Everyone working with children and families in Surrey will be encouraged to develop their skills, learning and careers through the Academy. This will make Surrey agencies attractive employers to potential recruits, and will help ensure we retain the workforce and skills we need.

We would be delighted to tell you more about all the great developments going on in Surrey and how you could be part of this journey.

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Talking Mats

Talking Mats Limited is a social enterprise whose vision is to improve the lives of people with communication difficulties, and those close to them, by increasing their capacity to think about, and communicate effectively about, things that matter to them.

Talking Mats enables you to have better conversations. It provides a visual framework to help people express their views using a selection of communication symbols that cover a variety of topics.

Talking Mats is used by clinical practitioners, social workers, education staff, advocates, carers and support workers in a wide range of health, social care, residential and educational settings.

Talking Mats products are available as both an original low tech resource and in a digital format.

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Talk-Kit LTD

The Talk-kit team comprises of two Specialist Speech and Language Therapists, Natalie Eshun and Makeda Amoah, with extensive experience working in the local authority, NHS and education settings. We are passionate about sharing knowledge and skills with families and professionals to support children and young people with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN), particularly Looked After Children (LAC).

The latest statistics show that 65% of LAC starting school have SLCN. We know that attachment, trauma and neglect have a significant impact on communication development. Just this spring, the Parliamentary Speaker John Bercow released a review of the provision required for children and young people with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) and it shared that 81% of children with emotional and behavioural difficulties have unidentified language difficulties. But with the right support 76% of children with SLCN will improve their communication skills.

We at Talk-Kit believe that we can support placement success, promote positive outcomes and relationships and the well-being of the LAC and foster families by providing carers and professionals with the relevant and practical skills to help them manage the communication difficulties and challenging behaviours experienced by young people. Our ethos is to provide communication training to support Language, Learning and Living in children and young people.

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West Sussex County Council

We are ambitious for our children and our workforce. We have known for some time that our children’s services are not consistently delivering the quality of care that we would want for all our children and we are laying the foundations for a wide-scale programme of improvement.

Our improvement plan focusses on key areas we know we are not doing well and it has support from the highest level of the organisation. We want to make sure that we have a social care workforce which is sufficient in numbers, skills and experience to deliver high quality and consistent care for our children.

We are not in a good place currently, but this is an exciting time to join us because you can make a difference and be part of what is going to be a positive journey of improvement. If you have talent, ambition and a fire in your belly to achieve excellent outcomes for children then we will support you to achieve your career aspirations.

Now is a great time to join West Sussex County Council.

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What Works for Children’s Social

What Works for Children’s Social Care seeks better outcomes for children, young people and families by bringing the best available evidence to practitioners and other decision makers across the children’s social care sector. We generate, collate and make accessible the best evidence for practitioners, policy makers and practice leaders to improve children’s social care and the outcomes it generates for children and families.

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Wiltshire Council

Wiltshire has a clear business plan of supporting our communities through economy, building networks and supporting the most vulnerable, which directly relates to our social work practice.

We have a thriving student culture here at Wiltshire and we encourage social work students training in a variety of ways including University, OU, Frontline and Step Up with an apprenticeship route starting early next year. We have an established pod system for ASYE’s in teams who have their own designated aspiring manager for advice, supervision and support. ASYE’s have regular learning ‘Hot Topic’ events and a passing celebration. We know creativity, challenge and development means a happy, outstanding workforce. Our teaching partnership with Bournemouth University means master classes, journal clubs, bespoke lectures plus a two-week research query turnaround. We have a clear interview progression process, (including a brand new practice and development lead role for senior social workers) as well as post-qualifying at University and great promotional opportunities.

Whether you are just starting out in your career, returning to social work, moving to this area or wanting a new challenge, welcome to Wiltshire!