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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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At Sanctuary Social Care, we pair our candidates with roles we know are a direct match to their skills, knowledge, experience and future aspirations.
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
I would not hesitate to recommend Sanctuary to others as I have personally experienced a service and support over and above what has been expected.
Mark at Sanctuary Social Care is the best recruiter I’ve ever had. He’s responsive. He identifies exactly the type of job I want and social work I need and works hard and promptly to secure it.
Social Work 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.
National Safeguarding Adults Week
As experienced social work recruiters, we love to hear about national initiatives which highlight the important work that our social work community does. This month sees the second annual National Safeguarding Adults Week – a time when focus is placed upon the tireless efforts of those supporting vulnerable adults and their families. National Safeguarding Adults Week will take place from the 18th to 24th November 2019 and is organised by the Ann Craft Trust – an organisation you may be familiar with if you picked up the summer issue of Social Work News magazine. The week is designed to bring together the social work profession to raise awareness of the many different issues involved in safeguarding adults. What to expect Each day, the campaign will focus on a different safeguarding theme and you can find out more information on each theme direct on the Ann Craft Trust website. Monday 18th November - Modern SlaveryTuesday 19th November - Self NeglectWednesday 20th November - Domestic AbuseThursday 21st November - Ann Craft Trust Conference & My role in SafeguardingFriday 22nd November - Transforming CareSaturday 23rd November and Sunday 24th November - Safeguarding adults in sport and activityWe understand the different intricacies involved in adult safeguarding; our conversations with our social work, healthcare, and criminal justice communities demonstrate how complex it can be. This is why it’s really exciting to see a campaign that brings together the different areas of safeguarding.How to get involvedWhether you are working directly with adults in a social work job, within the criminal justice sector (perhaps in a probation officer job role) or in frontline healthcare services, it is easy to show your support for this year’s National Safeguarding Adults Week. "Safeguarding adults is the responsibility of all organisations and true open discussion is needed to get it right."Source: Ann Craft TrustThe simplest way to show your support is to open up conversations about adult safeguarding. You may want to talk about it with your colleagues or learn from what others are doing to improve safeguarding practices. There will be information and resources available on the Ann Craft Trust website as well as plenty of conversations taking place online via social media using the hashtag #SafeguardingAdultsWeek.What Ann Craft Trust have to sayWe spoke directly to the Ann Craft Trust to find out more about the week. “When we were first discussing the idea of having a National Safeguarding Adults Week in 2018, we had no idea of the journey ahead. But the buzz of activity, discussion and debate on social media and at events across the country was fantastic. It could not have happened without people’s commitment to safeguarding adults. The Safeguarding Week 2019, which is in partnership with the University of Nottingham and the Safeguarding Adult Manager Network, is an opportunity to once again open up the discussion and work together to ensure that safeguarding adults is being addressed. Deborah Kitson, Ann Craft Trust How will you be supporting National Safeguarding Adults Week? If you have anything planned, please let us know and we’ll share the information with our community.
The ideal social work interview
If you’ve developed your social work career, you may now be heading towards a managerial position with the chance to manage your own team. Being an effective social work manager isn’t just about improving practice and setting expectations, it’s about being able to identify the right people who have the perfect expertise needed for your department. At Sanctuary, our experience and understanding of social work recruitment means that we know how to find that perfect match. We know what pressures you are under and what skills you need to deliver positive outcomes to those in need. We have gained strong insights into what hiring managers need to do to ensure that the interview process goes smoothly. Prepare, Prepare, PrepareWhen it comes to recruitment, the most important thing that any hiring manager should do is prepare. You may know what position needs to be filled and the skills/attributes that are desirable, but you need to consider how you plan to handle the interview process. Do you know who will be in the interview room with you? Have you looked through the candidate’s CV to check for their experience? Do you know what questions you plan to ask? Preparing your interview strategy is the best way to ensure that you find the right person for your social work team. How to assess candidatesIf you’re working as part of an interview panel, then you will need to consider how you plan to assess each applicant. You may find that each member of the panel is looking for slightly different experience, so it’s important to establish a method of fairly judging each potential recruit to the same standards. We regularly advocate that our community answer questions using the STAR framework. This is where they frame their answers with Situation – Task – Action – Result. Ensure that your questions are phrased accordingly if you are planning on using this as an evaluative tool.Who should be part of the interview panel?When recruiting a senior position such as a Head of Service role or an Assistant Director position, it is likely that you will need to incorporate a senior hiring panel. This might include your Director of Service as well as a senior HR manager and potentially even your Chief Executive – all of whom will want to have full confidence that the person you choose is the right candidate for the role. You may find our previous article about using video technology beneficial – particularly if you need support in marrying up busy diaries. Managing interview feedbackDuring the interview, make plenty of notes to allow you to refer back and reach an informed decision. If you are conducting an interview day whereby you see several candidates back-to-back, it can be easy to forget who said what and therefore, your notes should be relevant and allow you to make your choice. As recruiters, we work closely with both our clients and candidates to handle the feedback process. If you have written notes, we may ask you to share your feedback with us so that we can liaise directly with the candidate to explain your thought process, particularly if they were unsuccessful. If you’re looking to hire new recruits for your team, then please get in touch. We offer an exclusive consultancy service which allows us to meet your specific needs.
Are you ready for the switch?
With just a few weeks to go until Social Work England officially takes over as the professional regulator for social workers in England, you may have a lot of last-minute questions on your mind. We’ve spoken directly to the team at Social Work England and they have answered your concerns which you can read below. “How will this affect registration?” Social workers in England who wish to continue to practice should continue to renew their registration with the current regulator the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). All social workers registered, including those with an address outside of the UK, will be transferred over automatically when they become the regulator on 2nd December 2019. Individuals will not have to pay or apply twice. “What impact will it have on already registered social workers?” In terms of the transfer process, they are aiming for this to be as smooth as possible. The transfer, including your payment of fees by direct debit if appropriate, will be automatic for everyone on the register. They wi