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Locality Children in Need Service

The locality social work service works with children and their families from across the borough of Rotherham and consists of 12 teams working from 5 office bases (Clifton the Place, Rawmarsh service centre, Maltby service centre, Aston service centre and Swinton Brookfield centre).

The teams focus on:

  • children in need
  • children in need of protection
  • children where a PLO/pre-proceedings process is ongoing
  • looked after children prior to transfer to the children in care service

The locality social work service aims to provide the right service with the right approach at the right time by:

  • Identifying and clearly explaining the nature and level of risk to children and the impact this will have on them if nothing changes;
  • Understand the child’s experience through our visits to the family, direct work and observations and
  • Create plans and ways of working with children and their families that achieve a tangible positive difference

Rotherham is striving to become a child centred borough. The locality social work service has an ambitious programme of improvement and we are determined to provide good quality, timely intervention to ensure that children and their families receive the help and protection that they need to help them achieve their full potential and a better outcome in life.

We know that social workers need good quality support and challenge from their managers. We have created small teams with an advanced practitioner post in each team to provide an environment that allows for regular supervision and oversight to ensure that social workers are supported to do a good job. All of our managers and workers will be provided with training in Signs of Safety and Restorative Practice, to enable us to create a strengths based approach with the families that we are working with.

The locality social work teams work closely with colleagues in early help locality teams which serve the same geographical areas to ensure that help is provided to children and their families at the most appropriate level. The locality social work teams also work closely with the looked after children’s service and the CSE team – Evolve.

The Children with Disabilities Team is also within the Locality children in need service. The Children with Disabilities Team provides a specialist social work service for children and young people who have a permanent and substantial sensory, learning and physical disabilities.

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