Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council Click to enlarge
 
 

We’ve come a long way, help us go further

“Strengthening partnerships with children, families and communities”

As one of the most improved children’s services in the country why don’t you join a council that actively supports staff and is forging a future for all?

Dudley borough is a great place to call home and with the recent launch of our new community-led vision, Forging a Future for All, now is the time to join us and be part of our exciting journey.

With ambitious plans to create a thriving borough, where people want to live, work and visit, the vision is built on organisations across the borough working together.

And there’s no greater opportunity to ‘Forge a Future for All’ than by being part of Dudley Council’s children’s services team.

With our own Children’s Services Vision of strengthening partnership with children, families and community, underpinned by our three-year improvement programme, Dudley is forging ahead in becoming an employer of choice for children’s social care.

Since we began our journey early in 2016, our transformed children’s services now put children’s needs at the very heart of all that we do. We are looking for passionate, dedicated and determined individuals to join new teams and help us deliver even better outcomes for the children and families we serve.

Building on the positive progress reported in successive Ofsted monitoring visits and an overall judgement of ‘requires improvement to be good’ in December 2018, we have made great strides to ensure Dudley is a place where children and young people thrive. A place where each child gets a good start in life, where families are supported to be independent, responsible and successful, and where the most vulnerable children are kept safe.

For us to achieve this, we recognise the importance of investing in our workforce. We are committed to encouraging staff to take up the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills through our learning and development offer. This is provided by our innovative Centre for Professional Practice (www.dudleycpp.org.uk), which is gaining a growing reputation in the sector.

“Staff benefit from a range of accessible training provided by the highly valued centre for professional practice. This input is having a positive impact on staff development and on improving practice“ Ofsted monitoring letter May 29 2018

Alongside this, we have developed a rewarding career pathway for all social workers and children’s services staff. Our well-established programme supports not only newly-qualified social workers, but also invests in continuing professional development through our membership of Research in Practice and our bespoke and enhanced restorative practice training programme across social work and early help.

This is proving to be a progressive and exciting path for professionals, swiftly resulting in performance improvements and innovations that are making big differences to our children, young people and families.

We are proud of our achievements:

  • Children and families are receiving better-coordinated multi-agency support due to active buy-in from our partners at both a strategic and an operational level, overseen by a permanent leadership team. The result is the quality of our support for children is dramatically and improving.
  • Quality assurance is driven by our innovative Centre for Professional Practice (CPP).The CPP is located at the heart of Children’s Services and drives a systematic audit programme, which is having a positive impact on frontline practice. Key performance indicators are improving across the board. 
  • Our Early Help offer, delivered through five flourishing family centres, is extending to a wide range of children and families. This is delivering positive change for children through early identification of need and well-coordinated intervention by partners and is reducing the demand for statutory services.
  • Average caseloads for social workers have reduced with staff supportive and positive about the improvements we have made. There is growing body of evidence of the voice and participation of children and young people in the planning and review of their care and in the wider development of services.

 

“Significant progress has been made in many areas of children’s services in Dudley since the last inspection in 2016. Effective work by senior management and staff, together with commitment and investment by political leaders, has led to improved responses to the needs of children and families. As a result, outcomes for many children and their families are better.”

Ofsted Inspection report December 2018


Want to be part of a new kind of local authority, which actively invests in its staff?

Our reshaped service offers a great opportunity for staff to influence and develop as we accelerate the pace of change. We want the best people to travel with us and to reap the rewards along the way.

Then we want to hear from you!

We are recruiting team managers and social workers. For more information visit http://childrenservicesjobs-dudley.org.uk/ or for an informal chat call Michael King Advanced Social Work Practitioner on 01384 816709