Children's Safeguarding and Social Care

At the Royal Borough of Greenwich we believe children should enjoy their childhoods, and we are determined to apply child-centred best practice in everything that we do.  We are proud of our Our Children and Young People's Plan and Good - OFSTED rating.

 

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Our Structure

Safeguarding and Social Care provides services for our most vulnerable children and young people. Our service areas include: 

  • Safeguarding
  • Permanence
  • Youth Offending and Targeted Youth Support Service

Safeguarding 

Key tasks

Safeguarding and Social Care provides services for our most vulnerable children and young people. This includes:

  • screening referrals from all agencies e.g. police, health, schools, individuals for a social work assessment/intervention via MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub)
  • undertaking child protection investigations required according to the London Child Protection Procedures
  • providing assessments of child(ren) and families by social workers to determine the levels of risk and the required intervention/pathway
  • providing a social work service to children in need in partnership with other involved agencies such as Health, Schools, Children’s Centres, Voluntary Organisations etc. to support children achieving an improvement in their health, education and overall development
  • providing a social work service to children who are subject to child protection plans in partnership with other involved agencies such as Health, Schools, Children's Centres, Voluntary Organisations etc. to reduce the risk of significant harm
  • supporting families that care for their children at home with community-based supports unless this compromises the safety and protection of children
  • in the event a child or children are not able to stay at home because of serious safeguarding concerns, to assess alternative options regarding where a child or children can live while further assessments are carried out to determine the viability of a return home or need for other care arrangements. 

Teams

The Safeguarding Service comprises the following teams:

  • MASH
  • Assessment and Support Teams
  • Child and Families in Need Teams
  • Pre-birth Support and Assessment - based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital  

 

Permanence for Looked After Children

Key tasks

The main tasks of the Permanence Service include:

  • providing a social work service to children in care and young people leaving care between the ages of 0 - 25 years
  • formulating and implementing robust care planning to support permanence for children, which may include legal permanence through adoption and Special Guardianship Orders or through supporting a child to return home
  • presenting to the court to ensure that plans are supported by the right legal framework to enable children to be safe and well cared for
  • working directly with our most vulnerable children to reduce the risk of harm through exploitation
  • providing a service in partnership with the Virtual School for Looked After Children to secure good educational achievement and attainment so every child realises their full potential
  • providing a service in partnership with the Looked After Children's Health Team and CAMHS to ensure all young people get their physical and mental health needs met
  • providing effective adoption and post adoption services to children and adopters
  • providing fostering services which meet the needs of local children
  • supporting foster carers and children in their care
  • providing a social work service to children who are living in private fostering arrangements
  • providing safe supervised contact services for looked after children
  • providing a safe and loving home through our Children's Home

 

Teams

The Permanence Service comprises the following teams:

  • Children's Teams (0-18 years)
  • Care Leavers Teams (17 - 25 years)
  • Fostering Service
  • Adoption Service
  • Broadwalk Residential Children's Home
  • Supervised Contact Centre

 

Youth Offending and Targeted Youth Support 

Key tasks

The main duties of the Youth Offending and Targeted Youth Support service include:

  • preventing young people who are at high risk of offending from becoming involved in criminal activity, thus reducing the number of first time entrants into the youth justice system
  • providing reports that assist the courts in making decisions about appropriate programmes or sentences for young offenders
  • working with young people on a range of court orders to reduce re-offending and improve their life chances
  • supporting young people who are in custody and supporting their resettlement back into the community to prevent their re-offending and assist their progression into adulthood
  • working restoratively with victims of crime and working with other agencies to identify and protect potential victims
  • working closely with partners in other agencies to deliver holistic services to young people
  • working with parents to support them and their family to achieve sustained change

 

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Our Children & Families Social Worker Offer

Royal Greenwich is an innovative learning organisation and we are proud to part of the Teaching Partnership with Goldsmiths University. We are pro-active in investing in the career development of our Social Workers. A high proportion of our Social Workers have undergone post qualifying training and education, including practice education.  

Social Workers who work with us can progress through the tiers based on their professional competence and experience.

Social Worker Career Progression Scheme

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Salary Range

 Level

SCP Range

Salary Range

Unregistered Social Worker who will be working as Children’s Social Care Officer

 20

 £28,992

Level 1 - Social Worker - Assessed & Supported   year in Employment

 29 - 30

 £34,884- £35,751

Level 2 - Social Worker - Consolidating   Professional Practice

 32 - 35

 £37,722 - £40,869

Level 3 - Social Worker - Proficient

 35 – 41

 £40,869 - £46,839

       

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Our Youth Offending Service Social Worker Offer

Youth Offending Social Worker Career Progression Scheme

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Salary Range

Tier

SCP Range

Salary Range including:

  • 10% retention payment for all YOS Social Workers

Unregistered Social Worker who will be working as Children’s Social Care Officer

SCP 20

£28,992

Tier 1 Newly Qualified Social Worker on ASYE with HCPC registration

SCP 24

£34,148

Tier 2 Social Worker

SCP 26 – 28

£32,418 - £37,629

Tier 3 Social Worker

SCP 30 – 32

£35,751 - £41,494

Tier 4 Social Worker

SCP 33 – 35

£38,883 - £44,955

 

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Our Practice Manager & Team Leader Offer

In Royal Greenwich, Social Work practice is based on an empowering and coaching model.  The coaching method is used throughout all levels of the service and empowers frontline practitioners who then use similar approaches to empower the children and families they work with.  We believe this is effective in improving outcome for children, young people and families. We aim to develop outstanding leaders who can energise teams to improve the impact they make, give them stability, clear direction and opportunities to reflect on practice and develop their own leadership skills.

Practice Manager : Grade PO6    

      • £45,834 - £48,819

Team Leader: Grade PO7

      • SCP 44 - £49,827 (+ £1,013 if appointed to an Assessment & Support Team / MASH team*)
      • SCP 45 - £50,826 (+ £1,013 if appointed to an Assessment & Support Team / MASH team*)
      • SCP 46 - £51,837 (+ £1,013 if appointed to an Assessment & Support Team / MASH team*)
      • SCP 47 - £52,866 (+ £1,013 if appointed to an Assessment & Support Team / MASH team*)

*Payment paid pro rata. New starters or staff transfers joining part way through the year will receive a pro-rata entitlement for their first year based on the number of complete months worked within that year March to March. To continue to qualify for the payment, Team Leaders must complete a continuous year of service on 1st March within one or more of the teams identified.

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Children's Services Project Management Opportunities

Development and Sustainability (Projects and Programmes)

We are changing the way we work to work to continually improve our services to children, young people and families.  We are using the collective skills and expertise from our diverse teams to create Delivery Teams within the directorate to drive sustainable change at a child/young person, family and organisational level.

Furthermore, to meet the challenges ahead and capitalise on the many opportunities, a new service area has been created to support senior leaders across Children’s Services deliver projects, programmes and drive innovation and service improvement.  This new service has been designed to help deliver brilliant outcomes and ensure each child, young person and family in and across Royal Greenwich receive an outstanding service.

 

What is a Design Team?

As part of our methods of building brilliant outcomes and driving improvement across Children’s Services, we have created a number of Design Teams.

As a member and leader of a Design Team with the responsibility for a number of projects or workstreams, you will help implement key changes (depending on the nature of the change project or programme) and will work with a diverse range of colleagues ensuring the active involvement of colleagues, stakeholders and service users. 

As we develop and trial new ways of working or changes to service delivery, Workstreams will ensure that the changes are iterated and sufficiently tested to ensure that change is embedded, impactful and sustained and it makes a difference to those with whom we work.

If you think you have what it takes to lead projects or workstreams, we would like to hear from you.

 

Current Opportunities

We are currently recruiting 2 full-time Development and Sustainability Officer posts for 2 years.  We are looking for individuals with a wide and varied background including those with experience and the proven ability of delivering change.   This may be an ideal role for those who are experienced practitioners or managers and are interested in fresh challenges or those with the ability and drive to make a difference. 

 

Your role will be wide and varied and will focus on the delivery and management of projects and workstreams whilst ensuring that change and improvement is developed and sustained with our staff, for our children, young people and families.

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Benefits Package

To suppliment our general Royal Greenwich Benefits Package, Social Workers, Practice Manager and Team Leader also receive: 

      • Rota days equating to an additional 10 days off per year
      • Ongoing professional development, including a minimum 50 hours protected professional development each year
      • Small teams allowing more direct contact with and supervision of your staff
      • Excellent support from a highly skilled Service Leader.
      • Travel costs reimbursement worth £1k+, OR Essential car user car parking (very close to the workplace, worth £800+)
      • Royal Greenwich Keyworker housing (after being employed for six months and subject to application and meeting criteria)

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