So what’s unique about us?
We believe there is loads that is unique about us….
Our enviable CPD and workforce development
We are absolutely passionate here about developing our Social Workers….YOU… throughout your career with us. We have a well-established ASYE programme which offers support and guidance throughout the first twelve months in practice. We also work closely with our local University and offer accredited CPD modules that help us to develop our employees and our service.
In order to support with career progression we support Social Workers to undertake the Practice Educator course and then in turn support students on placement. This enables them to learn supervision and support skills which will help them in their careers as they look to progress themselves within the organisation.
We provide opportunities for our Social Workers to learn from industry leading experts on a variety of topics that are related to their role and new development in this area, e.g. Mental Capacity Act / Adverse Childhood Experiences.
We utilise support from our team of Advanced Practitioners and experienced Social Workers / Managers who support and deliver workshops, run open surgeries and can always be relied upon to provide advice and guidance to newly qualified and more experienced workers.
We have access to Research in Practice in Children’s and CCInform in Adults which supports our Social Workers to utilise up to date research and guidance in their assessments and reports.
We encourage people to share this knowledge within their teams and to create a culture of shared learning.
We strongly believe in the benefit of agile working and digital improvements as vital tools to support our Social Workers in their daily work however we also believe in the human perspective in that we know that most people prefer a comfortable work base for stability with good access to their colleagues and wider teams for support.
Things are changing quickly nationally with proposed new ways of working, new models of social work and social care. At Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council we keep abreast of new developments but always maintain a person centred perspective to our working arrangements.
Our accommodation is located at various sites depending on the social work role and specialism. Blackburn town centre is a relatively small accessible area with social workers based close to each other in various teams in and around Blackburn and Darwen and the surrounding areas.
- Duke Street – The purpose built Duke Street building is second to none based within the Town Centre, to ensure all our Children’s social work services are under one roof with a dedicated car park directly behind the building! This lovely open planned space is fully Wi-Fi enabled and is very bright and airy – with all the modern facilities you can expect with such a new building. It also has lots of meeting rooms and spaces for informal conversations which allows us to work collaboratively.
The feedback from our teams is that they love the modern facilities and the fact that the open planned nature of the layout means great engagement and communication, and that all managers are also highly accessible too which is great.
- Town hall Building – The Town hall, 5 minutes’ walk from Duke street, houses many of the Adults social work and support services and has great access to town centre resources and facilities including our Your Support Your Choice hub which is community facing.
- Co-location with our partners – As part of wider Integration agendas, some adult social work teams are located in new multi agency; multi-professional bases for example Barbara Castle Way Health Centre with good access to health colleagues and allied professionals. Learning Disability teams are co-located with other professionals at Darwen Resource Centre and Mental Health teams in Daisyfield Mill Business Centre. The Hospital Social work team is on the Royal Blackburn Hospital site for good co working with GP’s and other health professionals and to ensure quicker, more effective decision making.
New support roles to support our Social Workers
In Children’s we have just developed a brand new role – Social Work Team Support Officers – these roles are to support our short and long terms teams and have been designed to free up our social workers to spend more time doing the job they love and making the impact for the children and families we look after.