Posted: Friday 21st July 2017
Hertfordshire Family Safeguarding Service, a whole system overhaul of our child protection services is enabling social workers to meet the needs of vulnerable children and families better. Our social workers feel more supported and are able to focus more on working directly with families. Our aim is to transform the family life of children at the highest risk in our community, by working with the whole family, and focusing on resolving the parents’ issues that place children at risk of significant harm.
We asked Harriet, a social worker in the Family Safeguarding team, to tell us about her experience of working in this new way. She said: “My role is safeguarding children and supporting families to achieve positive outcomes. To do this, I work with different teams and agencies to help families to overcome a crisis.
“The new way of working in Hertfordshire is bringing agencies together to safeguard children. This means we have more knowledge and expertise from other services working directly with us, and we can access resources quickly.
“Working as a team helps to overcome any barriers to working closely together that we may have had in the past. It is good for families because it’s giving them access to the workers they need. They have the opportunity to talk to relevant professionals.
“I like that the role is interesting, challenging and no two days are the same. I meet and work alongside really inspirational people. It is a real privilege to work with vulnerable families and support them.”
We are keen to build on the encouraging outcomes we have seen. The positive feedback from our social workers in the Family Safeguarding teams has strengthened our conviction in this integrated approach.
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