Improving Mental Health Support for our Children and Young People

On the the 6th November the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) launched it’s report ‘Improving mental health support for our children and young people’ at the House of Lords. Linda Wright from Clayfields House Secure Unit represented SAN and the Secure Children’s Homes in the Expert Working Group that produced this report. The report can be downloaded below.
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The Secure Welfare Co-ordination Unit for England and Wales

The Secure Welfare Co-ordination Unit went live on the 16th May 2016 within England. From the 2nd October 2017 Welsh local authorities will also be able to access the services it provides when seeking a place for a child in a secure children’s home in England or Wales. This follows representations from All Wales Heads of Children’s Services (AWHOCS), via the Children’s Residential Care Task and Finish Group, and an offer by the UK Government’s Department for Education to extend the unit’s remit to include referrals from Wales.

All referrals should be made to the SCWU rather than approaching the Secure Children’s Homes directly. The unit can be contacted on 01962 846432.

Job Opportunity at Clayfields House, Nottinghamshire – Assistant Unit Leader

Assistant Unit Leader: permanent
Salary between £25,951 and £30,153 plus enhancements.

This is an opportunity to work at an establishment judged to be “Outstanding” by Ofsted. There are currently vacancies available at Clayfields House secure children’s home in Nottinghamshire.

As an experienced Residential Child Care Social Worker wanting to develop leadership and management skills, you will help the care leadership team manage one of the living units. The ability to support staff delivering high quality primary care and individual plans through supervision and effective management of shifts is crucial for this role. You should also be able to manage a variable workload and have a personal commitment to the welfare of young people in crisis and the skills to assist them in planning their future lives.

This role involves working on a shift basis and involves senior sleep-in duties.

See Nottinghamshire County Council’s website for details on how to apply using reference number 5095:

Closing date: 4th October 2017