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Who We Are
Hi, we're Wokingham
We are a small but highly ambitious authority.
Put simply, we’re a children’s service that is committed to turning social work on its head. As we actively reshape social work practice we are purely focused on providing the best possible care to the children of Wokingham.
By freeing ourselves from conventions, we have placed ourselves in a much better position to impact lives for the better. We are moulded by our people as each member of the team has a voice and a platform to be heard.
Take a closer look at our children’s service and you will find high performing teams where a stable environment provides space to think and drive our service forward. You will also find an authority that’s leading the way and turning social work on its head by delivering our Practice Framework including the Signs of Safety Initative’
Signs of Safety is a strength based and safety-focused approach which allows Social Workers to build collaborative relationships with the child and family. This allows them to better address serious concerns and creates a clear format for risk assessment.
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The Children in Care presents limitless opportunities to make a huge difference to the lives of children in long term care. Whether this be in foster or residential homes, the team support children and young people to guarantee they receive the best possible opportunities in life. They also ensure that they develop independence skills that will put them in the most advantageous position as they transition into adulthood.
This team is made up of a Team Manager, Assistant Team Manager, five FTE Social Workers and four Personal Assistants and currently support 58 children and young people.
As part of this team, you’ll be well supported in your work and enjoy access to significant resources and training.
We recognise that prolonged instability can have a severe impact on children and young people, especially those waiting to be placed in care. They rely on our Family Placement team to ensure that suitable homes are found for them.
Collaborative working is key to the service’s success as they partner with frontline teams to complete effective assessments. They also maintain close links with the regional Adoption team in order to make referrals and track children.
The team is made up of a Team Manager, Assistant Team Manager, five FTE Social Workers, a Recruitment Officer and two FTE Admin Support.
The DTA team acts as the front door for Children’s Services and are the first point of contact for families in need. Working alongside the child, young person or family, the team make sure that the right kind of care is delivered at the right time.
Formed of 10 FTE Social Workers, three Assistant Team Managers, a Team Manager and three Referral Co-ordinators, the team stands as one of the larger within Children’s Services.
Brambles and Ambleside are two longer term case holding teams based alongside schools and children’s centre settings. These are the teams that hold Children subject to Child in Need Plans, Protection plans or care proceedings and work within the Signs of Safety Practice Framework.
These are supportive and close-knit teams, with well-qualified staff and good management direction.
Work is allocated to the teams on a capacity rather than geographical basis. Brambles is based in Wokingham town and Ambleside in Woodley. Each team has a Team Manager, an Assistant Team Manager, Ambleside has 7 FTE SW’s and Brambles 7.5 FTE SW’s. Caseloads are on average between 13 and 18 children are maintained at a manageable level.