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Children’s Advice and Support Services (CASS) & Assessment & Short Term Intervention (ASTI)

Welcoming Statement

I would like to welcome you to this Careers Hub for Birmingham’ Children’s Advice and Support Service (CASS) and our Assessment and Short-term Intervention Teams (ASTI).

Here at Birmingham we are on an exciting improvement journey which is focused on developing and supporting high quality social work practice that supports children and families to make positive changes.  This includes development of our Children’s Advice and Support Service; a single ‘front door’ that was launched in September 2016; and responds to concerns about children and advises on Early Help and Support.

Our Assessment and Short Term Intervention (ASTI) teams are relatively new and are now being expanded in each of our three areas. ASTI focuses on S.17 and S.47 assessment and delivering short-term help to families through a child in need plan. They are also responsible for our child protection enquiries.

We want to attract social workers and team managers who prefer this type of focused work with good assessment and relationship building skills, with a changing but manageable caseload and new challenges each day.

This is an exciting and demanding area of social work practice with lots of variety and diversity, and a great area to learn and develop social work skills. At heart we are seeking to help children and families resolve difficulties so they can grow and thrive. If this attracts you and you share our ambition, we would welcome your application.

Alastair Gibbons
Executive Director for Children, Young People & Families

 

Children’s Advice and Support Services (CASS)

In February 2016, child protection enquires in Birmingham moved from our Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) to our Assessment and Short Term Intervention Teams.

This resulted in our Children’s Information and Advice (CIAS) and MASH services needing to be redefined.

The outcome was the development of the Children’s Advice and Support Services (CASS), a single ‘front door; which responds to concerns about children and advises on Early Help and Support; which was launched in September 2016.

Service Aims

To ensure all enquiries receive the right level of information, advice and guidance from experienced and knowledgeable staff in a timely manner.

To have strong partner involvement in decision making at the front door

To clearly identify circumstances where an early help offer is the appropriate Service

To provide a clear pathway to our Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub for children who require multi- agency information sharing.

Success

We are now dealing with a higher call rate than ever before, with a very low percentage of calls being abandoned.

We have no backlogs; and a tracking system that enables us to follow work through the organisation ensures there are no delays.

The Team

Our team is made up as follows:

  • Head of Service
  • Four Social Work Team Managers
  • One Family Support Team Manager
  • One Operations Manager
  • Eighteen Social workers
  • Three Team Leaders
  • Thirty Three Referral and Advice Officers
  • Thirteen Professional Support Staff
  • Three Child Sexual Exploitation Co-ordinators
  • One Education Lead

 

Police PPU

  • One Detective Inspector
  • Four Detective Sergeants
  • Fourteen Detective Constables/Police Constables

 

Community Policing

  • One Sergeant
  • Health Care Professionals (primary care, acute trusts, mental health)
  • One Probation Officer
  • One Women’s Aid Practitioner
  • Early Help, Think Family, Family Support and Early Help Brokerage staff
  • Youth Offending Service

 

 

 

Birmingham's Assessment and Short Term Intervention Teams (ASTI)

This visionary new service was introduced in April 2015, and is already making huge waves in the way we deal with protecting children. Receiving referrals from our MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) teams, we undertake assessments including child protection enquiries and those at immediate risk, and we take on short-term intervention cases with children in need. If families require intervention lasting beyond three months, we then transfer the cases to the relevant teams.

Our remit is very simple and has made a huge difference to the wellbeing of children. Quite simply, we work collaboratively with our colleagues to ensure continuity of service to avoid family breakdowns wherever possible. It’s something we’re immensely proud of, and our determination to make a difference to the lives of those who need us most is reflected by every hard-working ASTI team member.

Our Offer to You

Generous Annual Leave Entitlement
Local Government Pension Scheme
Birmingham Rewards Discount Scheme
Personal Development Schemes
Relocation Packages
Employee Assistance Programme
Flexible Working Patterns
Productive & Supportive Working Environment

What We're Looking For

  • Full Health Care Profession Council (HCPC) registration.

  • Extensive experience of working with vulnerable children and their families.

  • Experience working as an effective partnership with statutory and voluntary agencies.

  • An effective team player and communicator, you’ll be confident in creating and delivering engaging and accurate information to a range of audiences.

  • A thorough working knowledge of professional social work practices and all relevant legislation.

  • The capacity to intervene effectively within situations of increasing complexity and challenge.

  • Committed to Birmingham City Council’s values, you show respect for diversity at all times.

  • Resilient under pressure

Social Worker - ASTI

This Is Why We Won’t Give Up

At Birmingham City Council, we place the wellbeing of children and vulnerable young people above all else. Providing exactly the right level of support to see them through the tough times, we strive to keep families safe and to ensure every child achieves their full potential. It’s not always an easy challenge, but for our dedicated teams, it’s more than just a job – it’s a way of life.

We’re now looking for committed social workers to join our Assessment and Short Term Intervention (ASTI) team – people who share our vision of improving the services we offer, and pulling our standards up to the highest levels. We’re currently delivering on ambitious plans for change, but with supportive management, sensible caseloads and the potential to control your own workload and career progression, it’s a really exciting opportunity.

The Role

Working within the Assessment and Short Term Intervention (ASTI) team, you will be focused on overseeing children and their families that have been referred to us by the safeguarding teams. This means you will undertake assessments including child protection enquiries, and will suggest solutions to protect children in need and those at immediate risk. If longer-term care is needed you will oversee the smooth transition to the relevant teams. As Birmingham is a hugely diverse and multi-cultural city with various inner-city challenges and social deprivation issues, you will thrive on the fact that you are making an active difference to these children’s lives – one step at a time.

Who We’re Looking For

An experienced HCPC-registered social worker with an approved qualification, you will be able to deal with families in need and at times of intense crisis. As such, you will have fantastic verbal and written communication skills and the ability to make clear, evidence-based decisions about the safety of children. With great organisational skills and willing to work flexibly, you will forge close relationships with partner agencies and have a good understanding of key legislation. Your experience of supporting vulnerable children and knowledge of working alongside statutory and voluntary agencies will prove invaluable, as will your resilient ‘can do’ attitude.

Learning & Development

As part of our commitment to ensuring you achieve your full professional capabilities, you’ll benefit from furthering your skills and knowledge with Birmingham’s Career Progression Pathway for Social Workers in Children’s Services. Working under the umbrella of the University of Birmingham, this is a mix of current theoretical thinking, evidence based practice and workplace skills – helping you to ensure you’re always on the right career path.

There’s so much more to Birmingham than meets the eye. It’s an amazing place to live, and a fantastic place to work. Quite literally, it’s the place to do social work.

Apply Now!

Senior Social Worker - ASTI

Why We’ll Never Turn a Blind Eye To Birmingham’s Children

At Birmingham City Council, we place the wellbeing of children and vulnerable young people above all else. Providing exactly the right level of support to see them through the tough times, we strive to keep families safe and to ensure every child achieves their full potential. It’s not always an easy challenge, but for our dedicated teams, it’s more than just a job – it’s a way of life.

We’re now looking for committed Senior Social Workers to join our Assessment and Short Term Intervention (ASTI) team – people who share our vision of improving the services we offer, and pulling our standards up to the highest levels. We’re currently delivering on ambitious plans for change, but with supportive management, sensible caseloads and the potential to control your own workload and career progression, it’s a really exciting opportunity.

The Role

Working within the Assessment and Short Term Intervention (ASTI) team, you will be tasked with assessing the situation of children in need who have been referred to us by the safeguarding teams. Many of these children will be living in precarious situations, so you will review the information presented to you and make decisions on child protection enquiries, making sure legislative requirements are met. Coming up with strategies to protect those at immediate risk, you will ensure the relevant multi-agency partnerships are used effectively, and you will oversee the smooth transition to the long-term teams. Dealing with Birmingham’s most challenging environments including social deprivation, this is a fantastic opportunity to really make a difference to the lives of those most in need.

Who We’re Looking For

In this varied role, you will be making some tough decisions about the welfare of children and the most appropriate way to help them. You will therefore have plenty of experience of analysing information and the confidence to see your plans to fruition. As an experienced HCPC-registered social worker with an approved qualification, you will have significant experience of dealing with families in need and at times of intense crisis, and you will be able to use your extensive legislative knowledge to ensure all statutory requirements are being met. A flexible team-player, your excellent verbal and written skills will prove invaluable when preparing and presenting reports to conferences, courts and panels.

Learning & Development

As part of our commitment to ensuring you achieve your full professional capabilities, you’ll benefit from furthering your skills and knowledge with Birmingham’s Career Progression Pathway for Social Workers in Children’s Services. Working under the umbrella of the University of Birmingham, this is a mix of current theoretical thinking, evidence based practice and workplace skills – helping you to ensure you’re always on the right career path.

Birmingham’s most needy children rely on people like you to make their world that little bit better. It’s the place to do social work.

Apply Now!

Senior Practitioner - ASTI

This Is What Inspires Us To Do Great Things

At Birmingham City Council, we place the wellbeing of children and vulnerable young people above all else. Providing exactly the right level of support to see them through the tough times, we strive to keep families safe and to ensure every child achieves their full potential. It’s not always an easy challenge, but for our dedicated teams, it’s more than just a job – it’s a way of life.

We’re now looking for committed Senior Practitioners to join our Assessment and Short Term Intervention (ASTI) team – people who share our vision of improving the services we offer, and pulling our standards up to the highest levels. We’re currently delivering on ambitious plans for change, but with supportive management, sensible caseloads and the potential to control your own workload and career progression, it’s a really exciting opportunity.

The Role

Working within the Assessment and Short Term Intervention (ASTI) team, you will be at the heart of the social work process, utilising your enhanced responsibilities to improve the quality of the services being offered to children in crisis. As the unit is committed to analysing the needs and finding immediate solutions for young people referred to us by the safeguarding teams, you will lead and mentor junior colleagues to achieve the best results. Ensuring we meet our statutory requirements, your extensive knowledge of current legislation, national standards, guidance, research, departmental policy and procedures will help us to fully utilise all cross-agency services available, before eventually overseeing the smooth handover to the long-term teams.

Who We’re Looking For

Making decisions about the welfare of children in need and children in care is never easy, so we’re looking for someone with enough resilience to see the bigger picture – what will ultimately be best for the child. You will therefore be an experienced HCPC-registered social worker with an approved qualification, and you will have significant experience of dealing with families in need. Comfortable making decisions in a highly pressurised environment, you will be a team-player who is keen to share their knowledge. You will also be confident analysing information and anticipating situations, thereby acting on them – even when that situation is highly emotional. It will be your calm manner and gentle but firm approach that will ensure children are kept safe and families receive the support they need.

Learning & Development

As part of our commitment to ensuring you achieve your full professional capabilities, you’ll benefit from furthering your skills and knowledge with Birmingham’s Career Progression Pathway for Social Workers in Children’s Services. Working under the umbrella of the University of Birmingham, this is a mix of current theoretical thinking, evidence based practice and workplace skills – helping you to ensure you’re always on the right career path.

Birmingham is an incredible place to live and work. Specifically, it’s the best place to do social work.

Apply Now!

Team Manager - ASTI

We’ll Ensure Children Are Always Heard

At Birmingham City Council, we place the wellbeing of children and vulnerable young people above all else. Providing exactly the right level of support to see them through the tough times, we strive to keep families safe and to ensure every child achieves their full potential. It’s not always an easy challenge, but for our dedicated teams, it’s more than just a job – it’s a way of life.

We’re now looking for committed Team Managers to join our Assessment and Short Term Intervention (ASTI) team – people who share our vision of improving the services we offer, and pulling our standards up to the highest levels. We’re currently delivering on ambitious plans for change, but with supportive management, sensible caseloads and the potential to control your own workload and career progression, it’s a really exciting opportunity.

The Role

Working within the Assessment and Short Term Intervention (ASTI) team, you will be at the helm of everything our dedicated staff are trying to achieve for Birmingham’s most vulnerable children. The young people referred to us are in urgent need of intervention and support, so you will guide your colleagues to complete thorough assessments of their situation, acting quickly to find suitable measures that will keep them safe. That means you will be making some difficult decisions about children in care, but with the tools at your disposal to offer them a good quality of life, these decisions need to be made. You will also be responsible for overseeing the quality of care being offered by your staff, so you will supervise their work and maintain the appropriate legal, regulatory and statutory standards.

Who We’re Looking For

To succeed in a role of this magnitude, we need someone who is capable of making tough decisions quickly and efficiently. Quite literally, that means you’ll need to have plenty of experience in a similar environment, having supervised colleagues and successfully promoted a culture of change. With a Diploma in Social Work (or equivalent) under your belt, you will be a HCPC-registered professional who is confident enough to be fully accountable for the actions of your team. You will therefore work closely with them and with various agency partners to build an innovative team environment in which your staff are inspired and motivated to always achieve more. Good financial management, excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to digest and interpret complex reports are also essential.

Learning & Development

As part of our commitment to ensuring you achieve your full professional capabilities, you’ll benefit from furthering your skills and knowledge with Birmingham’s Career Progression Pathway for Social Workers in Children’s Services. Working under the umbrella of the University of Birmingham, this is a mix of current theoretical thinking, evidence based practice and workplace skills – helping you to ensure you’re always on the right career path.

We’re changing the future of children in need. Come to Birmingham to see how we’re ensuring their voices are always heard. It’s the place to do social work.

Apply Now!

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