Children's Safeguarding and Social Care

At the Royal Borough of Greenwich we believe children should enjoy their childhoods, and we are determined to apply child-centred best practice in everything that we do. 

Our Structure

Our Social Worker Offer

Our Practice Manager Offer

Our Team Leader Offer

Our Children and Young People's Plan

Greenwich Children's Services rated Good - OFSTED August 2016

 

Our Structure

Safeguarding and Social Care provides services for our most vulnerable children and young people. Our service areas include: 

  • Safeguarding
  • Permanence
  • Youth Offending and Targeted Youth Support Service

Safeguarding 

Key tasks

Safeguarding and Social Care provides services for our most vulnerable children and young people. This includes:

  • screening referrals from all agencies e.g. police, health, schools, individuals for a social work assessment/intervention via MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub)
  • undertaking child protection investigations required according to the London Child Protection Procedures
  • providing assessments of child(ren) and families by social workers to determine the levels of risk and the required intervention/pathway
  • providing a social work service to children in need in partnership with other involved agencies such as Health, Schools, Children’s Centres, Voluntary Organisations etc. to support children achieving an improvement in their health, education and overall development
  • providing a social work service to children who are subject to child protection plans in partnership with other involved agencies such as Health, Schools, Children's Centres, Voluntary Organisations etc. to reduce the risk of significant harm
  • supporting families that care for their children at home with community-based supports unless this compromises the safety and protection of children
  • in the event a child or children are not able to stay at home because of serious safeguarding concerns, to assess alternative options regarding where a child or children can live while further assessments are carried out to determine the viability of a return home or need for other care arrangements. 

Teams

The Safeguarding Service comprises the following teams:

  • MASH
  • Assessment and Support Teams
  • Child and Families in Need Teams
  • Pre-birth Support and Assessment - based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital  

Permanence for Looked After Children

Key tasks

The main tasks of the Permanence Service include:

  • providing a social work service to children in care and young people leaving care between the ages of 0 - 25 years
  • formulating and implementing robust care planning to support permanence for children, which may include legal permanence through adoption and Special Guardianship Orders or through supporting a child to return home
  • presenting to the court to ensure that plans are supported by the right legal framework to enable children to be safe and well cared for
  • working directly with our most vulnerable children to reduce the risk of harm through exploitation
  • providing a service in partnership with the Virtual School for Looked After Children to secure good educational achievement and attainment so every child realises their full potential
  • providing a service in partnership with the Looked After Children's Health Team and CAMHS to ensure all young people get their physical and mental health needs met
  • providing effective adoption and post adoption services to children and adopters
  • providing fostering services which meet the needs of local children
  • supporting foster carers and children in their care
  • providing a social work service to children who are living in private fostering arrangements
  • providing safe supervised contact services for looked after children
  • providing a safe and loving home through our Children's Home

Teams

The Permanence Service comprises the following teams:

  • Children's Teams (0-13 years)
  • Young People's Teams (14+ years) which includes care leavers
  • Fostering Service
  • Adoption Service
  • Broadwalk Residential Children's Home

Youth Offending and Targeted Youth Support 

Key tasks

The main duties of the Youth Offending and Targeted Youth Support service include:

  • preventing young people who are at high risk of offending from becoming involved in criminal activity, thus reducing the number of first time entrants into the youth justice system
  • providing reports that assist the courts in making decisions about appropriate programmes or sentences for young offenders
  • working with young people on a range of court orders to reduce re-offending and improve their life chances
  • supporting young people who are in custody and supporting their resettlement back into the community to prevent their re-offending and assist their progression into adulthood
  • working restoratively with victims of crime and working with other agencies to identify and protect potential victims
  • working closely with partners in other agencies to deliver holistic services to young people
  • working with parents to support them and their family to achieve sustained change