The Council, its staff and partners, were delighted in August 2018 when Ofsted judged the overall effectiveness of children’s social care services to be ‘outstanding’. We were especially pleased that our investment in frontline practitioners and managers was recognised. We have been working to create an environment where social workers can do the work they came into the profession to do – to support and help families to stay together where this is in children’s best interests and it is safe enough for this to happen.
Ofsted judged that we provide strong management oversight of practice, that we have a well embedded practice framework which enables meaningful family focused help to be offered to the children we work with. We offer clear progress in career pathways, within a nurturing environment which allows social work to flourish. We believe deeply in relationship based practice and ‘Signs of Safety’ is the vehicle enabling us to do this respectfully and in collaboration with the people we are trying to help.
We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to grow, develop and progress whatever stage of their career they are at. At Bexley we offer a comprehensive range of training and professional development opportunities including access to research, face to face and e-learning, coaching, and group supervision. We invest in our staff so they can invest in the children, young people, and families we service
We believe in learning from good practice and celebrating success. This includes monthly Employee of the Month nominations, our annual Children’s Social Care Awards, and starting all our meetings with sharing good practice. Watch our staff who were nominated as Employee of the Month for going the extra mile in their roles with Children’s Services at Bexley here.
We have now launched our book “Getting to the Heart of it.” Our stories of transforming children’s social care in Bexley. Short vignettes from our children, families, social workers, and managers sharing our hopes, fears, and challenges and how we overcame them to be better for children.
Free download here–> Getting to the Heart of It – Transforming Services for Children in Bexley
Once you have a read, why not take a look at our current vacancies – we’re sure you will want to come and work with us.