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 Be the future for children & families in the West Midlands

We’re really pleased you have taken the time to have a look at what is on offer in children’s social work in the West Midlands.

It is people like you we need to challenge our practice, to think differently about how we support children and their families and to improve the quality and range of our services.

Together we want to build a place where children thrive and families are supported.

Here you will find out what it is like to live and work in the West Midlands, the significant personal development and support on offer and the new opportunities available.

Putting lessons into practise – #BeTheFuture

West Midlands social care professionals from the councils and trusts in the West Midlands will join forces with Social Care Today for three social media events to kick-start a discussion.

Children’s social care staff from across the UK are being urged to reflect back on a ‘challenging and difficult’ year and to come forward and share your thoughts with us as a first step to putting lessons into practice.

Whether it be via the survey above and/or the social media events listed below we really want to hear from you.

On Twitter, the discussion takes place hosted by Social Care Today on April 14 at 1pm to 2pm under the hashtag #sctchildrenschat

On Facebook Live, hosted on the Social Care Today Facebook page on April 14 at 8pm.

On LinkedIn, a discussion is being hosted by Social Care Today on their LinkedIn page in the coming days featuring a blog post from a children’s social care professional.

You can read the full article related to the events here on Social Care Today 

Make a difference

One of the main challenges we face as social workers is public perception. We’re often seen as the bad guys who just want to separate families, when that’s not the case at all. The most rewarding thing about my role is when you know you’ve enabled a child to remain within their birth family.

Kyle Beasley
Social Worker

The people here are so welcoming, personable and down to earth. It’s as challenging as anywhere else and the job will never be an easy one, but if you get the right people around you, it makes it so much easier and gives you so much more purpose.

Jake Finney
Social Worker

Teamwork is important in Social Work and that’s what’s here. We support each other. There’s a wealth of experience across the team so there’s always someone to offer advice, coach you and develop you.’

Jemma Barnes
Senior Practitioner

‘I was working with young people aged 16-25 who had not had the best start in life. They often talked about events from their childhood. This made me realise I needed to do something earlier, to really make a difference. I joined the Step Up programme here and it’s the best decision I ever made!

Lisa Leech
Senior Practitioner