About Medway Council
About Medway Council
It’s our Practice that will make the difference
In Children’s Services and across all our social work practice we are committed to social work values and promoting the professionalism of social work. Our delivery of children’s services is informed by our vision of achieving positive change for families we work with so that children are safe, services are effective, and families feel supported and enabled to care for their children.
We are committed to establishing a skilled and permanent workforce. We have four defined social work roles, NQSW; Social Worker; Experienced Social Worker and Senior Practitioner to support practitioners to stay in practice. Medway Children and Adults Academy has a comprehensive programme of training and support including an ASYE programme and post qualifying accredited training for experienced practitioners and managers. We will support you through training, reflective group and individual supervision, coaching, team and service meetings as well as offering a wealth of opportunities to help you with your continuous professional development.
Medway has been successful as the lead partner to obtain funding for the Kent – Medway and South East England Teaching Partnership, with Kent County Council, the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University. Together we will develop joint approaches to recruitment, curriculum development and delivery, to meet identified needs both for students and qualified social workers.
The Medway model of social work uses Systemic Theory and approaches as a foundation for understanding the complex problems our families face and it supports our belief that children are best cared for within their families so long as this is safe. We use the Strengthening Families Model to organise and describe our work with children and families throughout our case records; the model is used in our Child Protection Conferences. Specific models of assessment and intervention are used for identified needs such as the Graded Care Profile; Parenting Assessments and Direct work with Children. Our professional development offer includes training in all these areas and also the Practice Education of social work students. We have redesigned our career progression scheme to reward continuity of practice and designed career pathways that reflect the importance we place on the work social workers undertake.
To achieve our vision, we need your experience. You will be working in small pods which consist of 4-5 social workers, and a practice manager who will provide management oversight and support. In addition each team will also have dedicated administrative support. Retention payments and additional benefits are provided to support a long term career in Medway.
Medway is a truly great place to live, work, learn and visit. Medway is one of south-easts most aspiring and developing destinations. Its name is taken from the magnificent river that flows through it, and comprises of five main towns, Chatham, Strood, Rochester, Gillingham and Rainham.
Medway is rich in heritage, hosts more than 30 days of free festivals and events each year and offers beautiful natural landscapes– as well as a range of shops, bars and restaurants for every occasion