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Careers in childrens social care

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council works to safeguard and promote children's welfare in collaboration with other agencies.

Our view is that helping parents and promoting the upbringing of children in their own families is the best way to achieve this. We work in partnership with the most vulnerable families and we will intervene in matters of child protection.

Our service incorporate the following main service areas:

Service Assessment

Referral & Assessment Service - The central point of access for all children and families providing initial screening, assessments and referrals.

Family Regeneration - The Family Regeneration Team aims to strengthen families and protect children in their home by providing intensive help during a crisis to keep them together. The team concentrates on issues such as parenting skills, budgeting, social skills, employment and ensuring that children are cared for safely. The service also provides emotional support for parents and children and teaches ways of dealing with unwanted behaviour. The team is available 24 hours 7 days a week. 

Social Work Services

Family Support Service - The team are responsible for the management of cases within care proceedings; children whose names are on the Child Protection Register and providing family support. Social workers are trained to provide support to families who are experiencing problems. This includes advice about parenting and behaviour management. They also provide individual support for children and young people in certain circumstances and investigate concerns about children who may be suffering from abuse.

Children with Disabilities - The Children with Disabilities Team provides social work support for children with disabilities (0 - 18 years) and their families. The team offer a range of services including short break care, home care, support services, professional sitting services, direct payments, foster placements and residential care, child protection proceedings and advice and information.

Leaving Care - The Leaving Care team works with young people (15+) who have been accommodated by or have been in the care of Blackburn with Darwen Council and their carers. The aim is to work towards independent living by encouraging personal development and practical living skills and to help them to find suitable housing and employment/training

Early Intervention, Prevention, Partnerships

Engage - The engage team provide an investigative, information gathering and care planning service to children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation

Placement Services

Fostering - The Fostering team provides a comprehensive, safe and high quality service for the fostering and placing of children within families and brings together children needing care with those able to provide this. The team also offers support and training for foster carers and works in close partnership with carers to develop the service.

Adoption - The Adoption team recruits, prepares, assesses and approves prospective adopters that are able to meet the needs of children awaiting adoption in Blackburn with Darwen, within the North West or Nationally. The team offers support for adopters, and responds to those seeking information about adoption.

Residential Homes - Working to meet the needs of 'looked after' children, the team's role is to see that placements are fully supported to ensure positive outcomes. The aim is to provide a caring, stable and family orientated environment for young people who are vulnerable, disadvantaged and have been or are exposed to the risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation in their family and community lives.

Other services - There are a number of other specialist teams which provide support to children and their families. These include Child Protection, Youth Offending Team, Educational Welfare, Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services and Family Centres. 

What are the benefits of working for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council?

If you work for us you will get:

  • Between 20-25 days holiday each year
  • An excellent pension scheme
  • A supportive and friendly work environment
  • A modern, flexible working environment
  • A range of development and training opportunities.

If you are interested in working for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council then visit our webpages where you will find further information and details of current vacancies.

 

Useful contacts

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council (Human Resources)
Phone: 01254 585606
Web: http://www.blackburn.gov.uk/pages/employment-opportunities.aspx

There are also career opportunities in social care in the private and voluntary care sector, often known as the independent care sector. Check out your local paper or visit Jobcentre Plus for further information and details of any current vacancies.

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