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Family Safeguarding

Peterborough is one of four local authorities implementing the innovative Hertfordshire Family Safeguarding model, which was tested initially in Hertfordshire after a £4.8 million investment from the government. The model brings together a blend of children’s social workers and adult professionals to provide a more holistic and efficient method of care which gives social workers more control. For more information about the project and its outcomes so far, click here to read the government’s report.

The six teams in Family Safeguarding work with children and their families to improve their situations. The social workers in this area build relationships with both the children and adults and work with them over months or even years.

The social workers work with colleagues as part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes adult mental health workers, drug and alcohol recovery workers, and adult domestic violence workers.

The issues often faced include domestic abuse and violence, addiction, poverty and deprivation. The Family Safeguarding teams work with children in need, child protection and care proceedings, in partnership with other professionals.

Roles in this team suit a wide range of personality types, especially those who are good at building relationships and are resilient to setback. The teams use motivational interviewing as their method of engagement with the families.

Click here to view all Family Safeguarding vacancies