We asked one of our newest social workers to tell us about working with us.....this is Chanel’s story.
How long have you been doing your current job?
I started working for Birmingham children’s services in September 2017. I was a returning student who completed my final placement for university in the summer of 2017.
I was welcomed back to the service and began my ASYE programme which I successfully completed in October 2018.
What are some of the more interesting parts of your job?
Initially I was allocated Family Assessments and worked with families who consented to support. Nearing the end of the programme I was supported by senior members of staff to undertake child protection investigations which sometimes included joint working with West Midlands Police.
Why do you like working at the Trust?
I enjoy working in Birmingham because it is a multi-cultural and diverse city that offers a wide range of service responses to the different needs of families. For me, the Trust recognises the diversity in Birmingham and upholds the values of families.
What’s the best thing about working at the Trust?
The best thing about working for the Trust is that children and their families are at the centre of the work we do. The Trust has provided a more positive outlook for staff and an exciting new challenge for new staff thinking of joining Birmingham. The Trust supports workers who want to develop their skills and progress to more senior levels of work.
What support do you get from your manager/colleagues?
I have felt fully supported throughout the ASYE programme. In successfully finishing my assisted year in employment I continue to work for
the trust and feel supported by my manager/team and the Trust as a whole.
Why should someone come and join you in working at the Trust?
As a newly qualified social worker having stability and support from
your team is important to support progression. I have felt supported throughout my ASYE programme and beyond. The Trust also offers generous leave allowance and flexible working which is specifically beneficial if you have caring arrangements outside of work.