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Service Manager - Look...
£63834.00 - £70125.00 per annum
Sanctuary Social Care is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Service Manager to fill a full-time role within a Looked After Children Team based in Croydon. The salary for this permanent Service Manager job is £63,834-£70,125 per annum. About the job: The focus of this role is leadership and management of a number of teams, delivering social work services to children, young people and their families. Service Managers are accountable for ensuring their service complies with legislation, practice standards and associated regulations in service delivery. The post holder will play a key role in the Division's senior management team in delivering corporate objectives, influencing strategic decision making, assessing and mitigating department risk (together with first tier Council Officers). The post holder will be responsible for the day to day delivery of their services, while living and promoting the corporate values through their day-to-day work. Requirements: A recognised and relevant professional social work qualification (Degree / Diploma in Social Work). HCPC Registration Comprehensive understanding of: national policy, strategy and developments regarding children's social care, and areas that impact on children's social care. Demonstrable experience of leading and managing children's social care services that are relevant to this particular service area and role (including high risk and high complexity work), and that deliver high quality performance and good outcomes for children. Able to lead, think, plan and manage strategically and systemically, as well as operationally. Able to use performance information to drive improvement for children and young people. A clear understanding of the Ofsted Inspection framework for Children's Social Care. Contact: This Service Manager job is advertised by Neil Clements; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements. Reasonable Adjustments: If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.
Secondary Teaching Lea...
East London, London
Up to £400 per day
Sanctuary Executive are currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Secondary Teaching Learning Consultant to work part-time based in London. The ideal candidate will possess highly developed specialist knowledge of social work practice in Children's services. The pay rate for this locum Secondary Teaching Learning Consultant job is £400 per day. Job Purpose: Contribute to their commitment to raise achievement of Ethnic minority pupils to ensure targets are met. Deliver aspects of the Strategy to raise achievement of ethnic minority pupils. Lead a rise in standards and improve the quality of teaching and learning for ethnic minority pupils. Support a narrowing of the attainment range at the end of Key Stages across schools and compared with the national average. Provide effective continuing professional development and in school support. Model new ways of working with schools and LEAs, which can be disseminated to other authorities. Support school leadership to develop a strategy for raising the achievement of Ethnic Minority pupils. Main Duties: To provide training and support for secondary schools to include. Supporting whole school INSET days on raising achievement. Supporting departmental meetings. Running twilight sessions according to locally identified needs. Providing school-based consultancy, including teaching demonstration lessons, and helping teachers to plan and teach lessons to engage and include all pupils in their learning. Advising senior management teams and heads of department on effective systems for tracking and monitoring the progress of ethnic minority pupils and using effective assessment for learning to inform teaching. Developing strategies to help schools to continue to promote high standards without intensive external support. Promoting the best practice to other schools and beyond. To assist them in monitoring the implementation of the Raising Achievement Strategy by reporting regularly to and discussing issues with the Head of Teaching and Learning. To represent them at regional meetings. To carry other reasonable duties as may be required by the Chief Executive or relevant line manager, commensurate with the function and grade of the post. Requirements of the Secondary Teaching Learning Consultant: Educated to degree level. Qualified teacher status. Recent experience of teaching successfully at either KS3, KS4 and post 16. Experience of leading on raising achievement levels for ethnic minority pupils in inner city schools as well as boys in general. Experience of observing and evaluating teaching and giving feedback to a teacher. Experience of training other teachers. An understanding of and commitment to Equal Opportunities issues within the workplace. Excellent understanding of curriculum and pedagogical issues relating to high quality learning and teaching, including the latest inspection and research findings. Good knowledge and understanding of the Key Stage 3 National Strategy and recent developments in the 14-19 Strategy. Familiarity with all standardised Attainment Tests. Knowledge of effective strategies to include, and meet the needs of, all pupils in lessons, in particular ethnic minority pupils in inner city schools as well as boys in general. Contact: This Secondary Teaching Learning Consultant job is advertised by Billy Holland; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements. Reasonable Adjustments: If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.
Leadership and Managem...
East London, London
Up to £500 per day
Sanctuary Executive is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Leadership and Management Advisor to fill a full-time role based in London. The ideal candidate will possess highly developed specialist knowledge of social work practice in Children's services and be registered with the HCPC. The pay rate for this locum Leadership and Management Advisor job is £500 per day. Purpose of the role: Promote high standards in all educational settings for pupils of primary school age and early years. Monitor, challenge, support and intervene in schools in order to raise standards. Work with head teachers, other senior managers, and governors in schools to improve the quality of strategic leadership and management in schools. Work with small groups of schools to encourage partnership working, sharing of best practice and the promotion of work in collaborations and federations. Lead on the LA's responsibility to develop risk management procedures for the organisation with regard to schools and settings. Work as part of a senior team to implement the LA's school improvement strategy. Lead on the statutory assessment function for the borough. Main Duties/Responsibilities: Develop, manage and ensure that there are effective support plans in place to raise standards and improve quality in primary schools designated as causing concern. Manage and secure the delivery of plans in line with the divisional plan, particularly the plans for intervention in primary schools by effectively accessing, deploying and managing resources: people, money, assets, information, and partnership resources. To review school performance, review of performance against the school's own self-evaluation scheme and against the agreed criteria in their policy for Schools Requiring Additional Support (SRAS). To contribute and support the creative and innovative use of ICT in the delivery of the curriculum, in order to raise standards. To maintain and develop a knowledge of national strategy and initiatives, current research, and examples of effective practice in relation to school improvement and inclusion. Secure, develop and maintain positive and sustainable relationships with all schools in order to raise standards. Represent the Primary division as a whole in national, regional and local settings in support of their objectives. To lead the school improvement team with focus on our statutory assessment role and School risk management. To undertake additional or other duties as may be appropriate to achieve the objectives of the post and as directed and deemed appropriate by the Line Manager. Requirements of the Leadership and Management Advisor: Recent experience within a similar role A degree or equivalent qualification. Post Graduate Qualification. Experience in a senior leadership role in schools Substantial and broad experience of continued professional development. A substantial knowledge and understanding of recent education legislation and how its principal components impact on education, especially related to schools causing concern. Total commitment to equality of opportunity inclusive practice in schools and in-service delivery, with a clear understanding of the issues underpinning these values. An in-depth knowledge of the issues involved in professional support for head teachers, school staff and governors in their drive to raise standards. Knowledge, understanding of and commitment to effective school self-evaluation. Contact: This Leadership and Management Advisor job is advertised by Billy Holland; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements. Reasonable Adjustments: If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.
Assistant Director - C...
Up to £623 per day
Sanctuary Executive is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Assistant Director to work full-time within a Customer and Localities Team based in Wokingham. The pay rate for this locum Assistant Director job is £623 per day. Summary: This role requires you to provide visionary leadership to our Customer Service advisors and Locality Workers inspiring them to give residents fantastic services. This is not just a gatekeeping interim assignment, you will be a linchpin in our ongoing improvement, and it is critical that you are able to drive the improvement agenda, making sure we're closer to communities by encouraging a resident-focused culture and embedding digital tools and processes. We are looking for someone to help move our vision for Localities forward within the context of managing demand on key Council services. Working closely with colleagues in Adult and Children's Services, and Public Health as well as external partners you will be designing and participating in the implementation of new community-focused services, with a strong focus finding the best outcomes for people at a local level. With your leadership expertise you'll have a firm operational grip. You'll ensure robust performance management and the delivery of integrated, value for money services, providing mentoring and coaching to your management team. Requirements of the Assistant Director: Ideal candidate will have experience management experience Experience of managing performance management, intelligence and data quality arrangements and operations. Ability to produce information for external regulators including for inspection. Experience of data protection and safeguarding frameworks. Contact: This Assistant Director job is advertised by John Rudland; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements. Reasonable Adjustments: If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity by contacting us. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.
Service Manager - Sing...
Up to £40.00 per hour
Sanctuary Executive is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Service Manager to fill a full-time role within a Single Point of Access Service based in London. The ideal candidate will possess highly developed specialist knowledge of social work practice in Children's services and be registered with the HCPC. The pay rate for this locum Service Manager job is £40 per hour (LTD Company Equivalent) and is a 3-month contract. About the role: A local authority in London are seeking out an experienced interim Service Manager to lead their Single Point of Access. The Service Manager for the Single Point of Access (SPA) will provide strategic and operational leadership to the following multi-agency practitioners within SPA. The SPA is the gateway for all incoming contacts into children's services and a key team in supporting, liaising and enabling partner agencies in understanding their roles and identifying safeguarding concerns. The SPA receives and records incoming information and works in partnership with police; various health professionals; probation, housing and adult services to share information so that we can together provide a co-ordinated, appropriate and timely response. The SPA is the team that makes decisions on threshold for all referrals into the service. Duties: The post holder will lead, manage and support the development of the new Safeguarding role within the team focusing on vulnerable adolescents where the risk is extra familial (contextual safeguarding) enabling this role to lead in providing advice, guidance and support to senior officers, frontline practitioners and multi-agency partners in ensuring that robust systems are in place to respond to the issue of risk faced by young people within their networks and community. Requirements of the Service Manager: Recent experience within a similar role Contact: This Service Manager job is advertised by Billy Holland; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements. Reasonable Adjustments: If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity by contacting us. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.
Senior Commissioning M...
Up to £428.78 per day
Sanctuary Executive is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Senior Commissioning Manager to work full-time based in London. The pay rate for this locum Commissioning Manager job is £428.78 per day. About the role: Manage our contractual relationship with seven large hostels for the single homeless and other homelessness related contracts. To support the Ageing Well Strategic Commissioning Service Manager in managing the ongoing development of the hostel and supported housing sector in the Borough and in ensuring that an appropriate and cost-effective range of services and solutions are available to meet current and future need for social care and relevant community health functions The specific focus of this post is hostels for single homeless people and other related services including floating support. To take a lead role for the Ageing Well Strategic Commissioning Service as a whole in the commissioning and contract management of hostels and other services related to single homeless people. Requirements of the Commissioning Manager: Experience within a similar role A qualification or completion of recognised training relevant to social care / supported housing commissioning would be an advantage. Contact: This Commissioning Manager job is advertised by John Rudland; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements. Reasonable Adjustments: If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity by contacting us. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.
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Using video tech in recruitment
If you have changed social work job roles regularly throughout your career, you’ll know the basic processes involved. Once a hiring manager has reviewed your CV, you’ll hopefully be invited to an interview where you’ll have a chance to sell yourself and your skills in person to the interviewing panel. We’ve started to see an increase in technology being used within the recruitment process; particularly for more senior social work positions. Action! How video interviews are becoming more mainstreamOver the past year, we have noticed that hiring managers are more open to using video interviews; technology has made it much easier for them to function in the same way as face-to-face interviews. Systems such as Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp Messenger and Google Hangout are great conferencing tools because they allow groups of people to join in a safe online environment, conducive to formal interviews. John Rudland, Executive Search Consultant, Sanctuary Executive tells us: “When it comes to senior positions, hiring managers understand that to find the right people for the role, they may need to recruit from a wider geographical net. The ease of video conferencing is hugely beneficial for both clients and candidates for several reasons.”“For candidates; it means that they can have a formal job interview without the pressures of taking time off work and factoring in travel expenses. It also means that they may be likely to apply for jobs which are further away than they are used to – particularly for interim roles where they might go in to manage a specific project before moving on elsewhere.”He adds: “For clients, they may find that video conferencing can make it easier to coordinate the hiring teams. Typically, when it comes to senior recruitment, interviews are conducted by a panel comprising of Directors of Service (or Assistant Directors), Heads of Service and HR Directors. These people are incredibly busy, so it can be a logistical challenge to find suitable times for all. Video conferencing addresses these challenges, helping to speed up the process for everyone involved.”Accessible to all – no heavy investment requiredWhen it comes to senior recruitment, we know that time is of the essence. The quicker our clients can fill their senior positions, the sooner they will be able to lead their services towards positive outcomes for children and adults. As mentioned, video conferencing enables hiring panels to get together for interviews even when their diaries do not match up, which allows them to find the right candidate faster than ever before. The proliferation of systems such as Skype and Google Hangout means that the technology is not only accessible to all parties involved (with no financial investment required), but the functionality of these systems is incredibly intuitive, making them very easy to use.Sanctuary Executive works closely with local authorities across the UK to offer a bespoke consultancy service. To find out more, get in touch.
New joint interim Chief Social Workers for Adults announced
Those working in adult social services will be interested to know that the Department for Health and Social Care has announced the appointment of Fran Leddra and Mark Harvey as joint interim Chief Social Workers for Adults. The pair, who will be managing the role as part of a job share, will replace Lyn Romeo who will take a 12-month break for personal reasons.Between them, Leddra and Harvey have a collective 55 years of expertise within social work, and they will combine their secondment with their existing social work roles.Introducing the joint interim Chief Social Workers for AdultsFran Leddra is currently Principal Social Worker and Strategic Lead of Safeguarding and Adult Social Care in Thurrock Council. She is an advocate for safeguarding practice and will be keen to ensure that the profession continues to uphold its values and responsibilities.She says: “Mark and I have both held the co-chair role for the Principal Social Workers Network and this experience undoubtedly led us to apply for this secondment opportunity. With a challenging year ahead, we want to continue to drive forward the Chief Social Worker priorities and to ensure social work and social care is high on the political agenda.”Mark Harvey is Operations Director for adult disability services in Hertfordshire County Council. Throughout his career, he has worked across both Local Authority and NHS services primarily specialising in mental health and learning disability services.He adds:“To work alongside Fran as the Chief Social Worker is a fantastic opportunity and something, I am immensely keen to bring my frontline experience to. The year ahead is likely to be one of significant change and opportunity. I am looking forward to continuing Lyn Romeo’s work to lead an approach that can embed social work at the core of DHSC’s work to achieve a better outcome for the people we serve.”Sanctuary Executive’s viewOur Executive division works closely with senior management teams across the top end of social care. We are excited to hear that the new joint Interim Chief Social Workers for Adults will continue to maintain their frontline roles because it will bring the position much closer to the profession.Speaking of the joint appointments, James Rook, our Chief Executive, says: “The role of the Chief Social Worker for Adults is hugely important in bridging the gap between frontline services and government legislation. Over the past five years, Lyn Romeo has done a fantastic job and her passion for the role has always been clear. We believe that the joint appointments of Fran Leddra and Mark Harvey can continue to transform services because they can use their collective expertise to listen to the needs of adult social workers.”He continues: “As the new regulator Social Work England launches at the end of the year, we’ll be interested to see how they work closely with Fran to uphold and maintain social work responsibilities. It’s important that the transition from the HCPC to Social Work England is as seamless as possible, so we’re sure that they’ll benefit from Fran’s knowledge and experience. We’re also extremely excited to see how Mark can use his mental health specialisms to continue to develop and enhance services to improve mental health provision for service users. It’s truly an exciting time for the social work profession and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.”To find out more, why not read what some of our happy clients have had to say or simply get in touch with us.
Social Work England launch confirmed
It has now been revealed that Social Work England, the new regulator for social workers in England will officially take over from the Health and Care Professions Council on Monday 02 December 2019.The switchover date was confirmed by Children’s Minister Nadhim Zahawi at the Association of Directors of Children’s Services conference last week. Following the takeover, Social Work England will be the official professional regulator, taking responsibility for professional standards, registration and fitness to practice. The change in regulator has been long-coming. Plans were previously announced by former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan back in 2016 as part of reforms to the social work profession. The new regulator was confirmed as part of the Children and Families Act 2017.Colum Conway, Chief Executive of Social Work England, says: “We are delighted to be able to announce that we will soon become the new specialist regulator for social workers. As a social worker, I understand the positive impact that professionals have on millions of people. I also understand the complexity of the work and the competing priorities in the role. That is why we are putting collaborative working at the heart of all we do and our recent consultation on rules and standards was just one example of this. “Over the course of the year, we will continue to work with the HCPC to ensure an efficient and smooth transition. We are also committed to exploring new approaches that offer responsive and proportionate regulation – empowering professionals to be the very best they can be.” As the date draws nearer, we’ll be working closely with our social work community to communicate any changes in order to help make the transition as seamless as possible.We know that you’ll have plenty of questions regarding the transfer and your registration requirements, so please stay tuned to our blog pages and make sure you’re subscribed to Social Work News magazine.
It’s a form of digital social work
As an experienced former children’s social worker himself, Jeremy Jayasuriya is in a unique position with the launch of his new company, Walk A Mile. Specialising in the filming and creation of digital life stories for Looked-After Children, Jeremy has been able to combine his years of social work experience with a new innovative approach to social work. “I see it as a form of digital social work” he says with a laugh as he sits down with Social Work News magazine to discuss his new venture over a coffee.“We’ve established a new model which not only creates bespoke life stories with the young person in mind, but it frees up valuable time and effort, allowing social workers to concentrate on other pressing matters. What’s not to like?” Indeed, the Walk A Mile package certainly offers something new and innovative for social workers to trial. Launched last year, having been under development for two and a half years, Walk A Mile is a novel way of creating a personal life story for children and young people living within the care system. As part of the package, Jeremy and his team (who have a mix of social care and videography experience) can work alongside social work professionals to capture life stories on film – offering a refreshing alternative to traditional paper-based scrap books. “Life stories are such an important intervention tool for practitioners because they really allow the child to gain a sense of their own identity and understand where they came from. Unfortunately, from personal experience I know how labour intensive these books are. It’s also a fact that they can often get damaged when they are presented to a child who may be in some distress. I wanted to be able to create a newer version which would not only speak to the child effectively, but could be something which they could access at a later date.” As a result, the Walk A Mile team have been able to create an exciting new cost-effective model which allows social workers to outsource the development of the personal life story. When working on a project, Jeremy and his team will initially work closely with the social worker to arrange any interviews and finalise logistical details, before taking over the full project management. Once the life story is completed, the social worker is provided with a full video on a USB stick which is also stored digitally in a secure location within the Cloud. This approach allows the social worker to step back from the minutiae of the project, freeing their time to concentrate on other tasks. Thanks to the team’s social work background, Jeremy is confident that Walk A Mile differs significantly to videos which could be outsourced to other creative agencies. “Because we’ve worked as social workers ourselves, we know exactly what this tool is used for and why it’s so important. It’s this understanding that gives us the sensitivity to deliver the end product. As part of our process, we take the time to speak directly with the child because it’s their story that we are telling” says Jeremy. It’s an approach that he is clearly proud of; during our interview, Jeremy discusses how they understand the “different rhythm” of each child. During the production process he works closely with his team to choose the right style of editing and music to ensure that the final package is personally meaningful to the child. Creative Director and videographer, Natasha Jayasuriya points out that they deliberately keep the final footage natural, eschewing a “stylised or overproduced” approach. She believes that one of the key benefits of their input is that they are “not part of the system.” As a result, she finds that people are much more willing to be open because they know that the filming crew are completely independent of the social work team. When questioned about how they ensure interviewees feel comfortable talking on camera, she says that they take the time to explain to people how the filming process will work whilst they are setting up their lone camera. “Because we tend to chat away whilst we’re setting up, it feels very natural once we’re ready to get started. Of course there are always going to be occasions where someone doesn’t want to be filmed and that’s never a problem. We’ve a variety of creative ways which allow us to still include that person, even if they are not directly on camera.” Jeremy believes that digital life stories will become increasingly popular as an option for social workers as it’s a way of speaking the same language as the child. “Children today are very digitally minded. It’s what they are growing up with, so we need to adapt to these new ways of communication. Having film footage where they can watch their family members, hear their voices and see their body language can resonate with a child so much more effectively than a scrap book. For one of our videos, the person watched it 15 times in one day, and showed it to all of his friends – it really was a significant part of helping him to understand who he was.” From a social work perspective, using a team such as Walk A Mile could be a very efficient way of ensuring that a valuable piece of work is completed to a high standard. As the team have years of social work experience behind them, they know exactly why the video is being produced and what value a life story can have to a child. They can also provide an extremely fast turnaround. Depending on the number of interviews required and the locations involved, the digital stories can be completed in as little as twelve weeks! In Jeremy’s view, life stories are vital for those living within the care system because they provide a sense of identity. He says: “Every social worker will have a different perspective, but for me, life stories are a tool which allow a child to know where they came from. These are children who, no matter what their age, have lost everything familiar to them through no fault of their own. As social workers we try to ease the transition into a new structure but it’s not easy. We need to prepare the child, and life stories are a valuable part of that process.”
Best Public & Third Sector Recruitment Agency 2019
We’re thrilled to announce that we have triumphed at the national Recruiter Awards, winning the top honours in the “Best Public and Third Sector Recruitment Agency” category.The winners of the national Recruiter Awards were unveiled during a glittering gala dinner held in London last week (Thursday 09 May 2019). Compered by top comedian Tom Allen, the awards night recognised the hard work and innovation undertaken by the finest in the recruitment sector over the past twelve months.We were absolutely thrilled to be named the award winners in the Best Public and Third Sector Recruitment Agency category. This is the fourth time that we’ve received this accolade, and it’s a testament to the hard work and efforts of all our staff. As specialist recruiters across the social care, healthcare, and criminal justice sectors, our candidates may have built strong working relationships with our dedicated consultants, but we know that our success is thanks to the hard work and dedication of all our employees across every department.A message from James Rook...Speaking after the awards night, our Chief Executive James Rook said:"This is an incredible honour. To have won this award for the fourth time is unheard of. It shows our continual dedication to providing the best possible levels of service to our candidates and our clients. We always want to go that extra mile, whether that’s working alongside our clients to offer new, more efficient ways of working or investing in our candidates’ careers to help them achieve their goals. We promise that we’ll continue to work even harder over the next twelve months to offer an unparalleled service which really sets out the Sanctuary vision." What the judges said...As award winners, we know that you’ll want to know exactly what the judges said, and why they chose Sanctuary to receive this accolade. The Public and Third Sector category is designed to showcase the added value that recruitment agencies can bring to the sectors. It’s about demonstrating innovation and helping companies change, improve or save lives by the employment of people in roles which help serve society. We’ve always believed that we excel in these areas and we were delighted that the judging panel said: "The winner had developed a proposition that clearly articulates what they stand for and what they then do. Sanctuary genuinely cares about the third sector and delivered an ambitious and innovative approach to dealing with some highly challenging and hard-to-fix situations."You can read more about our winning award entry on the Recruiter Award website. Why we’re so excited about our futureThe Recruiter Awards celebrates those who continually innovate and try new things to drive progress. We’re extremely proud to be one of the most innovative agencies around, and we’ve got some exciting plans coming up which we cannot wait to reveal to you. We are passionate about supporting you throughout your career, from the moment you qualify through to the day you decide to retire. We pledge to help you find the best job for you and to help you achieve your personal career goals. We promise that we’ll always available to help you write your CV, identify your hidden strengths and prepare for that all-important job interview. And where possible, we’ll even help you to find training opportunities!In our view, we’re here to help you become the best practitioner that you can be.
Exclusive interview with Ashley John Baptiste
As a BBC journalist, Ashley John Baptiste regularly provides detailed insights and commentary on all aspects relating to the care system. As someone who grew up within the care system himself, Ashley understands the importance of working with Looked-After Children to give them the same opportunities as their peers. We speak exclusively with Ashley to find out his thoughts on the care system, and how social workers can effectively support young people to achieve their dreams and aspirations.In previous interviews, you’ve regularly talked about wanting to create “a new normal for foster children and for those growing up in the care system”, could you tell us more?The care system has changed a lot since I left it at 18 years old, ten years ago. But when it comes down to encouraging the aspirations of a Looked-After child and the stigma that is attached to them, there is still a lot of work to be done. I believe that we need a society where a Looked-After child has the same opportunity as any other child; where they can aim for any career without feeling that their background is going to hinder them. We need to work hard to adapt the system so that it is human, and emphasises love and gives everyone equal access to opportunities. When I’ve talked about a ‘new normal’, I want this to mean that there should be no limitation on what children in care can achieve, what university they can attend and what life chances they can have. Children in need of help and protection are five times more likely to be excluded from school, and three times as likely not to be in education, employment or training after the age of 16. In your opinion, what factors can influence positive outcomes for these young people?In my view, there is huge inequality across the board. We need to work harder to create a level playing field.Statistics show that only six percent of those with experience of the care system go onto university or Higher Education. A higher proportion of those who are homeless, or are in prison, have come from a care background so it’s clear to see that things can be improved. I believe that the care system has done a fantastic job, but there are areas for improvement – for instance, we need to make sure that all children in care have access to the same opportunities whether they are living in a rural area or an inner city. For me, a key aspect is focusing on work around aspirations. It may sound simple, but I truly believe that more work can be done in this area. When I was 15 years old, I was fed the reality that I would be leaving the care system at 18 and would need to start thinking about independent living. The immediate reaction to this was fear a