Council to host job fayre to help people find their dream job

Published Wednesday, 28th September 2016
Rotherham Council social work team
Left to right: Maria Simpson, Fiona Barefoot, Simon Neves, Joe Burgess

Rotherham Council will host a special job fayre to recruit social care staff at its Riverside House headquarters in the town centre next week.

As part of its improvement journey, Rotherham Council has overhauled the way it runs its social services. Changes include lower caseloads, better management and more learning and development opportunities as well as locality based social work teams.

All these changes have resulted in the need to recruit more permanent social workers to the Council and from 10am on Saturday 8 October, the Council will be showcasing the excellent work done by social work teams while also promoting Rotherham as a place to live, as well as work.

As part of its transformation of children's services, Rotherham Council has made significant changes to social work jobs, and at the heart of this is making sure the right support is in place for frontline staff.

The changes, which are part of the Council's commitment to being a child centred borough, mean social workers are now able to have a much better work-life balance and can concentrate on their case work without feeling overwhelmed by work pressures.

The Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Children and Young People's Services, Cllr Gordon Watson, said: "Rotherham Council has already undergone major changes in the last 18 months following the Jay and Casey reports, and we have many more ambitious plans to come. The perception about Rotherham is now very different to the reality.

"One of the criticisms was our social workers had far too high caseloads and were not able to deliver their jobs properly as a result. We have changed this significantly. Now we have some of the smallest caseloads in the country – with social workers having an average of 15 cases each.

"We really want social workers to come and be part of the change here in Rotherham. Social workers are the key to us changing and becoming a Council which others regularly benchmark themselves against."

The Council held its first ever job fair for social care staff at the New York Stadium in Rotherham town centre on Monday 11 July. From this a number of vacancies were filled, but more social workers and team mangers are still needed.

Ian Thomas, Strategic Director of Children's and Young People's Services at the Council, added: "We want to take the opportunity to share the journey we are on from being classified as inadequate to starting to be recognised as leaders of emerging best practice, particularly in child sexual exploitation.

"There is still much rewarding work to be done and we are looking for passionate, committed experienced social workers and team managers to join us to continue to make a difference, by consistently improving outcomes for children and young people."

The Council has restructured its social worker teams to reduce caseloads, improve supervision and as an authority aspiring to become outstanding, more improvements are planned. There has already been a noticeable shift in perception about Rotherham, with more people applying to join the Council than ever before. Standards are high as it is striving to ensure that only the very best are appointed.

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