This is a newly created post for an Special Guardianship (SGO)and Adoption Review Coordinator, located within the Children in Care Service and provides an exciting opportunity to provide administrative and support to the Children in Care Service.

The role

The aim of the role is to provide a professional, high quality administrative review and support service to social workers, team managers and senior managers within the Families and Wellbeing Service (Children in Care Teams) by undertaking work which will meet the specific requirements of the Special Guardianship pre and post processes.

This will include effectively undertaking and supporting Annual Financial Reviews by communicating and preparing documents in relation to special guardians and adopters in line with financial packages of support.

Effective management of screening referrals with guardians/adopters for the Adoption Support Fund in line with the requests of social workers.

To identify appropriate therapy support and progress referrals, liase with services in line with requests from social workers.

To collect, analyse and present information in various formats to support Managers in the management of the Special Guardianship/Adoption/Permanence process and in meeting key performance indicators and service priorities’.

About the service

We have a strong vision for social work practice in Warrington and are developing a new approach to social work. We are currently embedding a relationship based practice model that has systemic practice at its core. We are working alongside the Centre for Systemic Social Work, who are providing a comprehensive training programme to social workers and managers across our teams.

We have three Children in Care teams, one which includes Leaving Care - each team has Team manager who is eager to support and develop all social workers alongside the senior practitioner. Our teams support children and young people who are subject to care orders and for whom we share PR who live within foster placements, residential care and also with members of their extended family. We recognise that the role can be challenging and we have a range of exciting and impactful developments in Warrington that our social workers can utilise in supporting families, including:

  • No Wrong Door – a multi-agency hub where young people at risk of going into care get targeted support to cope with the multiple issues they face; this includes our own Internal Accommodation ‘The Lighthouse’ from aged 8 years, for Outreach and from aged 12 years for Emergency accommodation whilst we work with families for children at risk of entering care and Supported Accommodation placements with wrap around Outreach support for 16-18 year old.
  • Families first (which includes Family Group Conference Co-ordinators, PAMS assessors and family support workers);
  • Systemic Hub – consisting of Systemic Family Practitioners who are assigned to each team to provide therapeutic support and intervention and provide guidance to our social workers regarding systemic approaches to direct work and interventions.
  • A family time service (to assist in arranging and supervising the time that our children in care spend with their families);
  • Restore - a service designed to work with Mothers who are pregnant and have children previously moved, with the aim of reducing repeat removals;
  • Administrative team – the team are able to assist with taking minutes of meetings, scanning documents onto the system and other administrative tasks

In Warrington we want all children and families to benefit from high quality and purposeful relationships with professionals. We believe this will help create the best opportunities for people to change and reach their full potential. We also believe one of the most effective ways to improve the outcomes for children and families is through providing our social workers with the best conditions in which they can thrive.

Here in Warrington we are proud to be graded Good in all areas in our 2019 Ofsted inspection. Which says;-

“Most social workers are permanent and experienced employees. This is complemented by a continuous supply of both recently qualified and qualifying social workers, who unanimously endorse the high standard of support and early career development provided by the local authority. Social workers’ morale across the service is high, and they are realising the benefits of smaller teams, continuous allocation to children, manageable caseloads and the considerable investment in their training and development. Social workers also appreciate the importance given to their emotional well-being and welfare through regular ‘check-ins’."

DBS clearance is required.

Warrington Borough Council is a Disability Confident employer