Director of Integrated Children’s Services – Sarah Hammond, East (Social Work Lead):
We want the best for children in Kent, and this has to be a team effort with everyone playing their part. This is important to us as it ensures that Kent is a good place to be a children’s social worker and with our teams working solidly together this delivers strengthened services and improved outcomes.
This is an exciting time to be part of Kent's children's services as our recent Ofsted inspection rated the services we deliver to children and families as ‘good’.
We use the 'Signs of Safety' approach as our practice model. This supports children and their families to have a consistent and seamless journey through our services. The model provides a clear method to risk assess cases and enables children and their families to be involved in their assessment and safety planning.
We are committed to providing systems, processes and IT which give our staff the time and resources necessary to carry out frontline social work effectively.
We have created a culture which fosters excellence, where staff are encouraged to be creative and share ideas, and where collaboration for the good of Kent's children happens naturally.
Our Practice Development Team focuses on ongoing development of practice skills and knowledge, discussion about the latest research and methodologies, and provides critical time for reflection.
Our goal is to promote confident, knowledgeable and well-supported social care staff working to the highest standards of practice. Only then can we achieve our ultimate goal – each child in Kent happy, healthy and safe in a permanent home.