Placing people first
You'll always be more than a number to us. You are there for people when they are at their most vulnerable. By finding you a role that allows you to be the very best version of your professional self, we like to think we are doing our bit to help. It’s simple; we care because you do.
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Consider how much easier it would be if securing your next role was simply a couple of clicks away. That once registered, you only ever hear about jobs that tick every box. Where you can relax and even enjoy the process.
At Sanctuary Social Care, we pair our candidates with roles we know are a direct match to their skills, knowledge, experience and future aspirations.
I've been with Sanctuary now for over 10 years and have had the same consultant throughout. I've got to say, the service provided by Sanctuary has been second to none. It’s been exceptional.
Sanctuary Social Care worked closely with me to understand how my work in referral and assessment at Doncaster was directly transferable to the role advertised at Rotherham.
Child Sexual Exploitation Manager
My Sanctuary consultant has so much gravity and common sense in his approach to his work. He is polite, quick on the uptake, innovative and very motivational.
I have worked with several social work agencies over the past 3 years and can confirm that the service received from Sanctuary is excellent. They make a real difference.
A guide to... working in Berkshire
If you’re looking to balance urban living with a rural lifestyle, then you may be interested in considering the array of social work job opportunities in the stunning county of Berkshire. Home to many large cities including Slough, Reading, Windsor and Maidenhead, it is an ideal choice for those who want to enjoy the peace and serenity of the countryside whilst still retaining easy access to city locations. Is Berkshire a good place to live?If you’re a fan of the TV sitcom ‘The Office’, then you may think that you’re well-acquainted with Slough, one of Berkshire’s largest cities. But there’s much more to the area than just connections with David Brent. Last year, Slough was named the top destination to live and work based upon job satisfaction, the number of jobs available and the overall cost of living. Slough is currently going through an economic redevelopment and is deemed as a highly sought-after destination.Reading is another location which has been lauded for its work/life desirability. The town was rated second in PwC’s Good Growth for Cities Index 2019 which also looked at income levels, skill sets, employment, affordability and commuting times. In fact, Reading has become so desirable that many international brands including KPMG and Virgin Media have chosen to base their head offices in the area. If you’re more of a traditionalist, then you may enjoy the delights of Newbury or Windsor – both stunning countryside locations which demonstrate England at it’s finest. What is the average rent?Rent in Berkshire is affordable, particularly when compared to nearby London pricing. Prices will differ depending on which town you choose to live in, and whether you are looking for a city centre location or a home on the outskirts. However, a search on Rightmove shows that you can expect to pay approximately £850-900pm for a two-bedroom flat in Slough or £1,300pm for a three-bedroom semi-detached home in Reading. Newbury is slightly cheaper; you can expect to pay £700pm for a two-bedroom apartment near to the train station. Is it accessible for public transport?Berkshire has superb public transport links. The close proximity to London means that it’s a popular choice for commuters wishing to live beyond the hustle and bustle of city life. Those living in large cities such as Slough and Reading can benefit from the ease of travel which makes the daily work commute much more tolerable.If you’re interested in visiting other parts of the UK, Berkshire is a great central location. Within just 60 minutes, you can find yourself exploring historic cities such as Bath, Bristol or Southampton.What is the culture like?Berkshire’s culture is fit for royalty… literally. Her Majesty the Queen has a residence at Windsor Castle and the royal connections to Ascot racecourse mean that you can easily cast a glimpse at royal figures. If you’re interested in local history then you may like to walk around Highclere Castle, which will be instantly recognisable to fans of the period drama Downton Abbey. You could also visit some of the country’s top restaurants including The Fat Duck (run by experimental chef Heston Blumenthal) or Michel Roux’s The Waterside Inn. If popular culture is more your interest, then you’ll love the annual Reading Festival which takes place every August, offering a collection of some world-class performers. It has already been announced that one of the headliners for the 2020 festival will be Liam Gallagher. What social work jobs are available in Berkshire?There are a wide range of social work jobs available throughout the Berkshire region, with opportunities available at different levels. We work closely with many of the local authorities in the area and we know which positions will be the perfect match to help you boost your career.If you would like to find out more about the social work jobs we have available, then upload your CV and we’ll get in touch.
Prioritising your social work CPD
We know that your Continuing Professional Development is important to you. Not just because it’s a key factor in retaining your professional registration, but because you care about continually improving your social work skills and supporting those in need. If you’re working as a social worker in England, then you may know that following the switch of the professional regulator to Social Work England, you’ll now be expected to renew your registration (and demonstrate evidence of your CPD) annually. There is an online portal on the Social Work England website which will allow you to upload your records digitally and it’s important that your activities adhere to the new regulator’s required standards which are detailed below.Incorporate feedback from a range of sources, including from people with lived experience of my social work practice. Use supervision and feedback to critically reflect on, and identify my learning needs, including how I use research and evidence to inform my practice. Keep my practice up to date and record how I use research, theories and frameworks to inform my practice and my professional judgement. Demonstrate good subject knowledge on key aspects of social work practice and develop knowledge of current issues in society and social policies impacting on social workContribute to an open and creative learning culture in the workplace to discuss, reflect on and share best practice. Reflect on my learning activities and evidence what impact continuing professional development has on the quality of my practice. Record my learning and reflection on a regular basis and in accordance with Social Work England’s guidance on continuing professional development. Reflect on my own values and challenge the impact they have on my practice Source: Social Work EnglandAt Sanctuary, we’re here to help our social work community work effectively. Therefore, we’ve listed a few tips below which may help you to make your CPD a priority in 2020. Break your CPD down into different areasA great way to ensure that you’re benefiting from well-rounded professional development is to break your CPD down into different areas. You could choose between work-based learning, educational activities, professional activity, self-directed learning or other voluntary work to showcase to your regulator that you’re doing what you can to improve your knowledge and practice across every facet of your work. Work-based learningHow are you using reflective supervision and clinical audits to improve your practice and learning? Are you working and collaborating with peers in other teams to help provide positive outcomes? Are you part of your local safeguarding board or any other committees? Perhaps you’re providing support and supervision to NQSWs and other junior members of the team. Educational learningHave you participated in any training courses over the past year? Whether it’s face to face or online, there are plenty of ways for you to improve your knowledge. Events such as Community Care Live can be a great way for you to attend seminars and workshops based on areas of professional interest.Professional activityYou may be involved in regional committee groups (perhaps with organisations such as BASW) or maybe you’ve presented lectures or workshops in front of your peers. If you’re sharing your knowledge, then you are clearly contributing to an ‘open learning culture’. Self-Directed learningAre you taking time for yourself to read the latest news and information? We’re not just talking about reading lengthy textbooks – but making use of blogs, podcasts and joining in with social media conversations can help you to develop new viewpoints and learn from others’ perspectives.If you’re working with Sanctuary, then you’ll know that we provide free access to Social Work News magazine. This is another resource that you should make use of; each issue features interviews and details of social work projects from across the UK. Use it to inspire you and see if it teaches you anything new. OtherAre you involved in any other activities which could be classed as a way of imp