"Being a social worker is a stressful job but it is what I am passionate about – The harder parts of the job don’t matter when you get information that a child or young person has achieved something, however small; for example doing well in an exam; or that they’ve gone to school after not wanting to go.”
So says Kerrie, a team manager at the Trust’s East office, in Thorne.
Kerrie has always had a desire to help children, young people and families. She has aspiration to progress within her career and says she has been helped massively to do this by the Trust.
She started out in working life as a Social Worker Assistant in a Child Protection Team in Mexborough following college in 2006.
After spending three years there pre-Trust, she was supported to do a Social Work degree through the Open University and since qualifying has actively sought out as much experience as she could.
This has included working in the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) team; promotion to the role of Advanced Practitioner in Child Protection; and a side step into Practice Development in the Trust’s Workforce Development team.
She came to the East Team, based at the Vermuyden Centre in Thorne, after successfully applying for an Advanced Practitioner role there.
“I wanted to get back into practice as a social worker with a view to eventually progressing to a team manager role,” said Kerrie.
“Being based at Thorne is fantastic for me. It is an open plan office which helps multi-agency working and there’s a great atmosphere here, with everyone getting on really well and keen to help each other. Agency workers have commented on how friendly it is here – and on the opportunity to have team lunches and team building.
“Logistically it’s good too because it is so easy to get to on the M18 and the big bonus is there’s free on-site parking.”
Talking about the Trust, Kerrie says she is pleased to have experienced its journey from the start in 2015. She has been part of the growth from Ofsted Inadequate to Good and is now working hard helping it to get to Outstanding.
“I have lived through the changes and the development of the Trust’s ethos – which is extremely special. The core of this is making sure that the voice of the child is listened to and heard throughout everything. Also, because it is a purely dedicated children’s service and not just one service as part of a large authority, it means that even the Chief Executive and senior leaders know everyone and recognise their individual skills and strengths.”
The Trust also believes in flexible working and, says Kerrie, as long as the work gets done, staff are trusted and empowered to have a flexible approach to help with any work-life balance requirements.
In terms of support, Kerrie says the Trust has a range of different resources to access for both work-based and personal issues; and professional development is definitely encouraged. Staff are able and encouraged to identify training they would like to pursue and the Trust’s Workforce Development Team will help facilitate that.