Our aim is to form close, helpful partnerships with a small number of Local Authorities so we can support them to continuously improve the delivery of the services they offer to children, young people and their families. We prefer to develop long term relationships with our partners were we are able to see the impact of the training and development work that we do.
This means that each of our trainers are carefully picked to enhance our small company’s knowledge and experience. All our trainers are social workers and they have had experience in practice in the last 2 years. We are always looking for opportunities to increase our practice experience.
Each of our trainers has areas of specialty. Together we are able to each across the breadth of Children Social Care.
The job of our team is to work in partnership with Local Authorities and other businesses offering social care to support, challenge and keep confident, curious and improving social work practitioners. We do this by offering:
The Support Team
Training Business Support Manager
Kat CurrAdministration Support
Each member of our team practices Positive Expectations which emphasises a set of expectations around people's behaviour and responses to power dynamics. We believe that this applies to staff at all levels of the organisation.
This approach, alongside our expectation that people will be able to have difficult conversations well in an adult to adult manner, supports people to talk honestly together across the power structure. We find that this approach helps to break down the language of ‘us’ and ‘them’ that is an unhelpful attitude for embedding changes in behaviour.
When we do have individual difficulties, we encourage people to talk to us in confidence and we do what we can to mediate. The Strengthening Practice programme leads are very aware of their role as models of practice.
We adhere to the Social Work Code of Ethics.
We are all registered under the HCPC or the equivalent in Wales.
We have all been through the Disclosure and Barring process and possess current clearances.
We are all members of BASW.
Fareena Shaheed, Jo Fox and Gerry Nosowska are Associates of Research in Practice.
We are social care work centric and we all understand the job and the needs of those practitioners ‘doing the doing’ each day.
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