At the heart of the London borough of Sutton’s plan to transform its social care services is an academy for newly qualified social workers offering comprehensive development opportunities – and early intervention for families
Maxine Chambers joined the London Borough of Sutton as a newly qualified social worker in 2016, where she completed her assisted supported year of employment (ASYE) in the referral and assessment team. She has just been promoted to the role of assistant team manager (ATM) in the Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) team. “I’ve always been encouraged to push myself forward for promotion, undertake training, take responsibility for something in our team,” she says.
Chambers was lucky enough to join the children’s social care team when it was already on an upward trajectory. From an “inadequate” rating by Ofsted in 2012, children’s services had risen to a “good” rating by 2016 – a step, says Jonathan Williams, assistant director, Children’s Social Care and Safeguarding, on the borough’s journey to an “outstanding” rating.
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