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What We Do

We’re driven by evidence and outcomes

We are one of 10 UK authorities as a partner in the DFE Innovation Programme to have fully embraced the Signs of Safety approach to safeguarding children.

“How we are changing the system: you can’t grow roses in concrete”
Professor Eileen Munro

The Signs of Safety innovation programme has been developed by Munro, Turnell and Murphy allowing Wokingham Borough Council to rethink approaches to social work practice and developing a unique service provision through our Practice Framework model.

Professor Munro has played a leading and involved role in the development of Wokingham’s Innovation Programme.

The programme looks to authorities and social workers to transform processes, reporting structures and systems so that social workers can work more intensively with families, looking for evidence of outcomes and impact rather than a focus on processes.

It also places a major focus on risk and developing a strengths-based approach that effectively identifies and manages risk, this is essential in sensitive child protection cases.

We have also developed our Practice Framework to include a Signs of Permanency model as well as integrating restorative practice techniques to the core of all aspects of our service.

We believe that we are on the cusp of changing the face of social work.

Joining us at this exciting time offers you an excellent opportunity to drive this project forward and actually do what you first joined the profession to do.

You will also get the freedom to adapt care to the individual situation enabling you to operate professionally with greater control over your practice.

Ed
I have a very supportive team where colleagues are willing to offer support and advice in a respectful way.
Rachel
I have worked for Wokingham Children’s Services for seventeen years. I have worked in several of our Children’s Teams before becoming a Practice Consultant two years ago. Wokingham is a friendly place to work with supportive colleagues.
Kerry
Since qualifying 3 years ago, I have worked in the duty and assessment team. Wokingham is a small, friendly supportive local authority to work for. This was my first job after qualifying and it has given me a good opportunity to develop my skills in our practice framework and signs of safety.
Catherine
I believe that WBC Children’s Services will invest in their workers and my career progression with the council demonstrated this. Wokingham Borough Council offer a good retention package. I thoroughly enjoy working with the young people and their families. 
Anna
What I like about working within Wokingham is you feel part of the whole service. We have regular whole service meetings, we have training with other teams and most importantly a Wokingham Christmas party!
Stephen
I have always experienced good line management support & supervision. Managers are available to listen and implement what is needed to support me and to ensure Children & their families receive the best support. I feel supported and able to bounce ideas off my managers & colleagues which encourages constructive challenge enabling me to grow & develop.

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