We’re changing the way we provide our statutory child care service in Gloucester City.

A feature sponsored by Gloucester City Council

The ‘pod’ model
We’re introducing a unique way of working to assist us in delivering outstanding practice and ensuring we achieve the best outcomes for children and young people. Our model will create new multi-disciplinary team working, called pods, with smaller case loads and improved access to specialist adult services.  There will be six pods across Gloucester which will consist of a deputy team manager (Pod Lead), four social workers and an administrator.

Each pod works with children and families in a smaller geographical area and pieces of work are allocated according to the skills of the workers and priorities. There is a focus on joint work, observation and joint, reflective supervision enabling healthy challenge and analysis to ensure high quality assessments and interventions.  Adult substance misuse, adult mental health and domestic violence specialists will co-locate in the pod, creating a much more cohesive and collaborative way of working with the whole family to create sustainable change.  Partners and our co-located adults workers are excited about this model and are looking forward to improving multi-agency working and to ensuring better outcomes for children and young people.

As we formulate our new pods we’re looking for deputy team managers (Pod Leads) with a successful track record managing challenging case loads, working with families and protecting children who are in need and at risk through child protection plans and care proceedings. We’re also hoping to attract social workers with a wealth of experience of working in statutory teams who share our passion for protecting children and making a positive, lasting difference to their lives.

If you’re interested in joining us on this exciting stage in our journey, please visit Gloucester city pods for more information on the roles available.

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