Make a big impact in a small place
Situated in the heart of the East Midlands, Rutland Council is the smallest Local Authority in England. Its size presents local social services with particular challenges, but also offers Social Workers a unique opportunity to shape services for the local community.
An innovative Authority
Whilst the county is small and primarily rural, the population of Rutland is diverse (including military bases accommodating 5,800 personnel and their families). As a result, the Children’s Services department has evolved and embraced new ways of working:
- A clear vision for Children’s Services was implemented by the Permanent Director of People Services, providing stability to the service
- A small, dedicated and approachable management team works closely with Social Work staff at all levels
- The department has created a supportive work environment
- The Authority is implementing the ‘Signs of Safety’ safeguarding methodology
- All Social Work staff have regular reflective supervision
- Social Workers work closely with local partners from other agencies and the voluntary sector
Working within a smaller team, Social Work staff are given more autonomy and responsibility and are empowered to have a much greater impact on the communities they serve:
- Low and manageable caseloads (consistently averaging 18 cases per Social Worker)
- A varied and mixed caseload – with the flexibility to work in different areas of Social Work
- Get closer to those in need – see cases through from referral to resolution
- Focus on the individual needs of the child and family
A Rewarding Offer
A small number of opportunities currently exist for Team Managers and Qualified Social Workers to join Rutland Children’s Services within the Duty and Long Term teams.
To find out more about these exciting opportunities and working and living in Rutland, get in touch with Naeomi Randles on 0800 088 7112 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.