- Clare Poyner introduces the 'going home' project - 3:29
- David Malcolm talks about the role of adult safeguarding officers -14:30
- Hana Patrick speaks about family safeguarding at the front door - 25:35
- Kelly Taylor talks about being a long-term social worker - 30:46
- Question and answer session - 37:17
- Jobs in Portsmouth - 44:50
Meet the team:
Hana is a short-term social worker completing initial assessments
Kelly delivers long term support, helping families on their journey
About the 'going home' project
This innovative area of work sees children and young people return to the family home earlier in their journey. We take a careful and considered approach, working with the family to ensure everyone is ready for that next step.
Clare, principal social worker at Portsmouth City Council who is leading on this area explains her approach:
As social workers, we always have the best interests of the family at heart. We know children and young people thrive when they are together. The 'going home' project is a step-by-step approach to reunify the family when the time is right. Working with the adult family safeguarding team means we are joined up, alongside social workers who hear the voice of the child.
When we think about returning children to the family home, we base our thinking and practice on four principles…
Restorative approach: Relational practice which places person centered values and restoring relationships at the center of all our activities.
Family Safeguarding: Working intentionally to support more children to live safely at home by supporting parents - so they are able to care for their own children. Using a strengths-based approach, we seek to build on motivation and promote behavior change.
Trauma informed care: Recognising and responding to the impact of trauma both for parents and their children, as well as each other. This includes adapting our processes and practices to minimise the impact of triggering past traumas, as well avoiding and unintentionally creating new traumatic experiences.
Informed by difference: Empowering people by respecting and appreciating what makes them different, in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, and nationality.
Five reasons to join us
- Recruitment and retention package of £5000 over 6 years
- Manageable caseload for a better work life balance
- Committed to continuous training and development
- Flexible working and access to a fantastic pension scheme
- Dedicated wellbeing package