Middlesbrough Council is one of the 12 Local Authorities and 4 campus based universities in the North East of England, the Open University and the North East Association of Directors of Children and Adult Services that make up the North East Social Work Alliance. Middlesbrough has representation from across Children and Adult services, with both social work practice and organizational workforce development experience with the aim of building on already strong partnerships within the region, and to strengthen existing good practice in relation to social work education, particularly in the context of Teaching Partnerships and pre-qualifying awards.
Middlesbrough will participate in and engage with the alliance to raise the profile of the North East, to work with the Universities to attract candidates with the right values and ethics into the sector. To raise the standards of its social work workforce to recruit, support and retain a stable, experienced, competent and engaged workforce in Middlesbrough and across the North East. Middleborough is a teaching and learning Local Authority; with clear lines of communication, training and development opportunities for all staff to support their learning and development to become a more balanced practitioner. Workers new to Middlesbrough are welcomed with a corporate induction, including information on our vibrant Town. They also receive a service area induction to ensure they have all the information they need to provide a smooth transition in to our workforce.
In Middlesbrough we work with our families, people with care & support needs and their carers; using a whole family strength based approach to improve outcomes, build resilience and remove barriers to inclusion. Within Middleborough we take pride in our staff’s Professional Development. We have a wide range of training and development courses available to all levels of staff across the service. As part of a Social Work Teeswide Partnership we have developed the ASYE Program and embedded the ethos of putting theory into practice with all our newly qualified social workers. Each social worker leaves the program with a Professional Development Plan. This is reviewed and developed within reflective supervision and throughout the career of the worker. The Professional Development Plan is progressive and plays a vital part of the Continued Professional Development of our workforce, we have taken this further through a training program available to all our staff; from newly qualified social workers to our workers at Senior Management Level.
We provide the right support through a culture based on fairness, inclusivity and a collective passion for what we do. Our workforce are driven and empowered to make a difference to the lives of families, people with care needs and their carers’ in Middlesbrough. We are a dynamic forward thinking council, with a workforce that feels valued and trusted. We care, learn and improve together.
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