Why become a social worker in North East Lincolnshire?
Why North East Lincolnshire?
North East Lincolnshire is a great place to work and stay. The area offers lots of opportunities to build a great career, start a family and settle down. There’s lots to do in your spare time.
We have got an amazing seafront and beach, not to mention the incredible choice of independent shops on offer in places like Abbey Walk and Seaview Street.
Weelsby Woods, Cleethorpes Beach and the Lincolnshire Wolds all offer stunning views and some fab trails if you’re looking for a nice walk on a sunny day.
The area isn’t just a great place to spend your spare time. The cost of living is really low, with the average house price standing at about £146,129. The average price of a pint is about £2.60.
If the city life is for you, North East Lincolnshire is ideally located close by places like Hull, Lincoln and Doncaster, making a daily commute more than manageable.
For more information download our handy Guide to children’s social work in North East Lincolnshire (PDF)
Social work in North East Lincolnshire
Who are we?
Our Children’s Social Care services incorporate several levels of service intervention.
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
MASH are the front door of children’s services, receiving referrals, gathering information and making decisions on the level of support or intervention a child might require.
Children’s Assessment and Safeguarding Service (CASS)
Cases that need a social care intervention are managed by CASS.
Through Care provides services to young people and children who are in long term care or who have left the care of the local authority.
Alongside these teams we also have children’s homes, placement providers, Family Hubs, our Fostering and Adoption Service, Youth Offending Service and Children’s Disability service who work together with families to make sure that support is in place where needed.
We are committed to supporting and developing social workers to promote best practice and provide the best outcomes for children and families. We offer an Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). The ASYE is mandatory for all newly qualified social workers and is governed by Department for Education (DfE). The ASYE was created to support social workers and help them to develop, improve their practice and coordinate their learning from university. We provide a robust package of support, which includes:
- An induction plan
- A training package including both mandatory training and specifically designed training to start your social work career
- One to one and group supervision
- Bespoke workshops created to provide you with all the basic skills required to start your practice
- Support and advice from the ASYE coordinator
- Self-directed learning
- Extensive shadowing of social workers
- A tour of the local area, with resources and guides to help navigate you around
- A 10% reduction in case load, equivalent to that of an experienced social worker
We have placement opportunities on offer for students who would like to get some experience in Children’s services.
These placements meet the requirements for a several qualifications and routes into social work. These include:
- Health and social care
- Social work degree routes
Our social work degree placement opportunities includes both the first and second placement. All placements are unique, and all students are supported to get the most out of them.
It’s important that students get a feel for the area that they want to work in, and that they get a true picture of how these services work together.
Placements can also stand a student in good stead when job vacancies come up in those teams. Between 2016 and 2018, about half of the students who had placements in Children’s Services secured a job with those teams.
Further development for newly qualified social workers
Following your first year as a newly qualified social worker we are still committed to your development. Our social workers are provided with a personal development plan, which helps you to grow as a practitioner, shaping your career in social work with tailored training and development. You will be a vital part of a positive team with a great support network.
Continued professional development
We pride ourselves on the succession and progression of our workers. We aim to identify with you what your future career goals are and devise personal development plans to help you achieve it. We offer a wide training package at varying levels of expertise to enable your continuing development throughout your professional journey. This includes both statutory training and bespoke workshops held in line with service demand at that time.
Our social work teams are based at our Cleethorpes Civic Offices.
Creating strong communities – Our relationship based model of practice
Creating Strong Communities (CSC) model
North East Lincolnshire Council has developed this innovative change across the whole of social care. The model adopts four different practices to create a new model for social care which will change how we work together to safeguard vulnerable children, how staff work, how we interact with service users and how we deliver the change we need. We have called this approach the Creating Strong Communities model.
Our services make an enormous difference to the lives of these vulnerable children and families. There have been and continue to be improvements in outcomes for children – but there is more to do to achieve significant and sustained improvement.
The Creating Strong Communities model recognises that whilst each of the four practices make a difference, the four together deliver greater positive outcomes for our vulnerable children and families than the sum of the individual component parts.
The restorative practice model creates a universal way of communicating with each other rooted in restorative principles and values. It is applicable in all aspects of service delivery from front line practice, to within our schools and youth justice, in HR services and across our leadership teams. In essence restorative practice consistently builds and maintains respectful social relationships and builds social responsibility within individuals. It is our aim to adopt restorative principles across everything we do and become a totally restorative authority.
We wish to create an environment where:
- We respect each other, and develop respect in others.
- Promote and encourages listening and understanding at all levels
- Generates awareness and sensitivity for all social and cultural situations
- Values individuals and challenges hurtful or harmful behaviours
- Builds opportunities for constructive conversations and therefore develops constructive actions
Signs of safety
The signs of safety approach is a strengths-based and safety-focused approach to social care work and is grounded in partnership and collaboration with families. This approach enables us to work directly with families in a way that:
- is clear about our worries or concerns about danger
- provides a clear message of what we feel is the risk
- puts families in the driving seat for creating safety for themselves
- does not having practitioners telling them what we need to do to keep their families safe
Outcomes Based Accountability (OBA)
Outcomes based accountability is a conceptual approach to planning services and assessing their performance that focuses attention on the results, or outcomes, that the services are intended to achieve.
Distinguishing features of the approach are:
- The use of simple and clear language
- The collection and use of relevant data
- The involvement of stakeholders, including service users and the wider community, in achieving better outcomes
In essence OBA will be a way of recording “how much we are doing”, “how well we are doing it” and “has it made a difference”. This approach will be adopted across our authority and fits perfectly with the principles of restorative practice and signs of safety.
Family Group Conferencing
The Family Group Conference is where the whole family & extended family members can help make decisions about the best way to support the family and take care of their child. It is a formal meeting in which the family of the child and professional practitioners closely work together to make a decision that best meets the needs of the child. Across other areas of the country they have successfully implemented this and seen significant result in the reduction of those children needing to be looked after.
We work closely with our partner organisations
There are a large number of support services and agencies within North East Lincolnshire that we work alongside, promoting positive outcomes for children and families. Over time we have developed positive working relationships with our partners.
We have excellent links with our local NHS services which includes a wide spectrum of support from health visitors through to drug and alcohol practitioners.
North East Lincolnshire Council and Humberside Police have developed very close working relationships that promotes effective information sharing and intervention when necessary.
We have 4 localities support teams all based around the local community in Family Hubs. Within the hubs workers can provide preventative and early intervention support through to working alongside families with social care intervention.
Children and families can access support through agencies such as Young Minds Matter, Women’s Aid and Addaction (Drug & Alcohol Service) all of which provide specific and targeting work as well as working closely and positively with social care services.