Louise, who joined the Children in Care (CiC) service in October 2019, says she has felt like part of the team from day one.
She joined the Trust when it was recommended to her by two friends, after she had spent five years working for an adoption team in the voluntary sector.
Louise says she had already made the decision that she wanted to leave the voluntary sector and join a Local Authority.
She says she has felt extremely well supported, not only by her immediate colleagues but by those in other teams and from her manager and Head of Service.
“Everyone gets on here and is happy to help each other. I felt like part of the team from day one.”
She says the work is fast-paced but she is not overloaded; plus she knows there is always someone to ask if she has a query about anything.
“Our Head of Service is always available and both she and team managers sit with everyone else. They are not hidden away in separate offices – and the Business Support team are excellent and very supportive,” she says.
Louise has welcomed the fact that there are numerous opportunities to enhance her own practice, via the trust’s Workforce Development Team.
“I have just been through some training on what a good care plan looks like; and what an Outstanding report looks like,” she said.
Louise is also very impressed by the importance put upon the Voice of the Child.
“Our team is just in the process of creating a wall display about the Voice of the Child and it was also the theme of our Christmas tree. We asked all the children we are working with to put their first name and what they were hoping to receive for Christmas on a bauble,” she said.
“We couldn’t guarantee they would get everything they wished for but we did make sure they all had gifts to open on Christmas day.”