Christine Bennett, Assistant Director, Fieldwork Services, Children and Families at Sheffield City Council talks about her experience at Sheffield as a social worker for 21 years.
Bridge over Troubled Water: working together to ensure that social work students are fit to practice.
SYTP staff presented a poster at the University of Sheffield’s recent Engaged Learning Conference. The poster, created by Jane Laing (University of Sheffield), Jess McEwen (SYTP) and Fiona Addison (Sheffield City Council), outlines SYTP’s approach to working collaboratively in order to enhance the quality of the SYTP’s qualifying social work programme. The poster is available to download here: Bridge over Troubled Water
For further details of the event, please see https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/als/current/engaged/programme
Children matter… It’s a simple statement, but it’s what unites everyone in children’s social work.
Under the banner Children’s Social Work Matters, all 14 local authorities and one Trust in Yorkshire and The Humber are working together by sharing knowledge and experience in a collaborative way to drive standards of care higher and ensure children feel safe – a cause completely aligned with that of the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership.
Children’s Social Work Matters is about helping to promote and recognise the good work and dedication of our children’s social work teams and to help enable and facilitate collaboration across the region.
To this end, www.childrenssocialworkmatters.org promotes the work and benefits of childrens social work and how to get into the profession in Yorkshire and Humber. This includes all the latest job opportunities across the region and up-to-date news from across the UK on social work matters.
To support collaborative working Childrens Social Work Matters offers social work professionals, students and academics access to Our Children’s Social Work Matters https://our.childrenssocialworkmatters.org – a private and secure online platform providing a range of very useful features that enable interaction and sharing of information and experiences across the region.
Also accessible at your fingertips via a mobile phone app, the key features include:
- The latest, real-time, social work news from around the UK and region
- An events calendar, which as well as being abele to publicise your events can also be used to offer and manage bookings
- The facility to have private online discussions with colleagues via the ‘Team Room’
- The facility to log and store CPD activities with reporting and HCPC audit submission functionality
- Access to, participate in or watch, topical webinars hosted by CSWM from social work practitioners, service users, academics and policy makers
- Best practice and other resources via the Knowledge and local authority sections
If you’re interested in Children’s Social work and not already aware of or plugged in go to Children’s Social Work Matters at www.childrenssocialworkmatters.org – if you’re already working in social work register for OurCSWM here. If you’re a student or lecturer email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you registered in no time.
Sam Clayton, Principal Child and Family Social Worker for Lincolnshire County Council, has recently published a blog post for Research in Practice about reflective supervision.
Sam talks about her experience of working with Research in Practice on a Change Project, the focus of which was to gather evidence and draw together best practice in order to formulate and test a pack of resources for the sector to use to support good reflective supervision
The full article is available at https://www.rip.org.uk/news-and-views/blog/reflective-supervision-the-cornerstone-of-good-social-work-practice/
Sheffield is a great city and our Corporate Plan focuses on what makes Sheffield a unique, ambitious and inspiring city. Our challenge is for Sheffield’s children to achieve their potential, be healthy and resilient, and be ready for the next stage of their lives. As part of the City’s commitment to improved outcomes for the children, young people and families we are seeking to appoint an outstanding Service leader who possesses experience, ambition and enthusiasm to drive service quality forward and contribute to the strategic direction of the council.
Reporting to the Executive Director for Children’s services, the Director will lead, manage and shape excellent services which make a real difference to the lives of children, young people and families in Sheffield.
You will be a qualified registered social worker with substantial experience of managing children’s social care and multi- agency services at Director or Assistant Director / Head of Service level. You will have a deep knowledge and understanding of all safeguarding issues and legislation. You will have the desire and the ability to build strong and positive relationships with colleagues and partner agencies across the City.
You will understand and value prevention and early help as part of a whole system of services available to families. You will know what best practice is and set high child focused standards for the whole service. You will be resilient, informed, experience and committed to making a difference to the lives of children and families in Sheffield.
Confident, committed and credible, you are likely to be in a similar role or looking to step up to a new challenge. Either way, it’s important that you are self-motivated, proactive and innovative and have exceptional influencing, partnership, communications and project management skills. This is a politically restricted post.
This is a great opportunity to join a high energy and ambitious team with the talent and determination to deliver the councils Corporate Plan for the benefit of all the residents of Sheffield.
We are committed to fairness and social justice and welcome applications from everyone. We value our diverse workforce and aim to work together to make the most of our differences. Under the Two Ticks Scheme, disabled applicants, who meet the essential criteria of this job, are guaranteed an interview.
Application Form and more information
Please complete the Council’s application form, which along with supporting information about the job and Sheffield City Council can be viewed at www.sheffield.gov.uk/jobs.
Interviews will be held during the week commencing 13 February 2017
For informal enquiries about the role, please contact Jayne Ludlam, Executive Director, Children, Families and Young People tel. 0114 273 5726
For any queries about the recruitment process, please email HRConnectops@capita.co.uk.
Social Workers – the deadline for renewing your HCPC registration is the 30th November 2016.
If you do not renew your registration and your name is removed from the register, you will be asked to pay a readmission fee of £315 to become registered again.
For more information, please see http://www.hcpc-uk.org/registrants/renew/