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Children Services' Teams

Vale of Glamorgan Children and Young People Services work to promote and safeguard the well being of children and young people within their families

 

Where this is not possible, to provide good quality alternative care. We do this by helping and supporting children whose health and well being would suffer if we did not provide services.

 

Social Work

As part of one of our front line social work teams, you’ll hold a mixed and varied caseload, allocated according to your post-qualifying skills and experience.  You can expect to be involved in:

  • Undertaking assessments of children through direct work.

  • Working with families and partnership organisations.

  • Developing child centred plans, and implementing and reviewing these with the child, their family and other professionals involved.

Focused on the best interests of children, you’ll be supported to produce clear evidence based assessments that inform effective plans.  You’ll be expected to maintain high standards of professional practice in line with relevant legislation, guidance, regulations and national standards. 
 
You’ll work as part of a team with regular and supportive supervision arrangements in place.  You will also have opportunities to develop your own skills and experience within the Vale of Glamorgan and to continue your own career progression.

 

Intake and Family Support 

The Intake and Family Support Team incorporates the Division’s Duty function and receives all initial enquiries including child protection issues. Working effectively with partners with a focus on improving integrated working, the Team provide assessment and signposting to ensure families receive the right level of support at the right time.  Where needs are identified requiring the involvement of statutory services, a care and support plan is developed and the same Team continue to support those children and families in receipt of this support.

 

The Care Planning and Proceedings Team 

The team ensures a focus on pre and care proceedings, allowing team members the time to achieve timely and effective planning for those children whose plans are subject to PLO or before the Court.  Where the child’s plan is adoption this work is held within the Team to support continuity until the Adoption Order.

 

Children Looked After Team

The Children Looked After Team provides a dedicated Team for children looked after.  The Team supports children and young people voluntarily accommodated or subject of Care Orders, with the exception of those with a plan for adoption. The Team’s focus is on enabling children looked after to achieve their potential through stable placements, appropriate education and positive attachments.  Where children require therapeutic support, this is readily available.

 

Fifteen Plus

The Fifteen Plus Team support young people aged 15 and over who are looked after by the Local Authority, young people who are homeless aged between 16 and 18 years, and all care leavers up to the age of 25 years.  The Team’s commitment to engagement is promoting the increasing involvement of young people not only in their own lives but in improving services for others.

 

Child Health and Disability Team

The Child Health and Disability Team provide services to children and young people who have a severe or significant learning disability, physical disability, sensory impairment or profound communication impairment.  They have strong multi-agency links, particularly with Health, and are currently engaged in regional working to the benefit of disabled children and their families.  The Team are also piloting an extension to the service for those with additional needs.

 

Children with Additional Needs

 

Youth Offending Service

The Youth Offending Service is a statutory multi-agency partnership responsible for preventing offending and further offending in the Vale of Glamorgan.  Working closely with teams across Children and People Services and its partners, the service promotes preventative working that seeks to prevent offending where possible.

 

The Placements Team

The Placements Team assesses and approves foster placements for Vale of Glamorgan children in conjunction with our Fostering Panel. This includes an increasing number of kinship placements enabling children to remain within their wider family network.  The team provide support to foster carers, with a commitment to promoting the recruitment and retention of local carers.  Identifying and commissioning placements for children looked after, both within our internal resources and within the independent sector when an internal placement cannot be identified is a key part of the Team’s role.  The Team includes a therapeutic service working with children and their carers to promote placement stability and prevent disruption.

 

Fostering

 

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Regional Adoption Collaborative

The Regional Adoption Collaborative, hosted by the Vale of Glamorgan, operates across the Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil assessing and approving adopters, providing support, and family finding for children whose plan is adoption.  The Collaborative is one of five regional adoption collaboratives across Wales that form part of the National Adoption Service.

 

Adoption

FACT

Families Achieving Change Together

Families Achieving Change Together is a Families First early intervention and prevention service enabling families to make positive changes, reducing the number of families developing more complex and challenging needs.  The ability of the service to work effectively at and before the front door of statutory children’s services is central to effective prevention.

 

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Flying Start

Flying Start is Welsh Government funded and provides support to families to give children a better start in life.  Its aim is to improve a child’s development, health and well-being in preparation for school in a way that promotes a child’s ability to fulfil their potential.  Flying Start works in partnership with statutory children’s services where children involved with Children and Young People Services live in the Flying Start area.

 

Flying Start