Cllr Erin Hill - Cabinet Member for Family Support and Child Protection
I'm passionate about children and young people, and I want them all to be safe, happy, healthy and for them to have the very best life chances. This is nothing less than they all deserve and I know it's a passion shared across the whole of Kirklees Council.
We take the role of social workers as professionals very seriously and want the very best support and development possible for them.
They are at the heart of looking after our most vulnerable children and young people in our communities and I recognise this is a hard, yet very rewarding job.
Like most councils, we have our challenges. It's a difficult time for councils everywhere, and we are having to look carefully at everything we do to make the changes we need to thrive.
I'm consistently impressed by the hard work and commitment of our social workers, and we are all about development and positively moving forward in our professional practice.
This is why we need your experience, skills and passion to help us achieve our ambitions for children, young people and families in Kirklees.
You'll have the opportunity to bring your enthusiasm and perspective to make your mark on a service that's developing and redesigning the support we give.
You will be able to influence and shape our future direction. My colleagues and I are committed to reducing inequality in Kirklees and helping the most vulnerable - social workers are crucial to helping us do that. We will listen to your views and your experiences, and use them to help us shape the future. I can guarantee my 100% commitment to supporting you.
Linda Patterson - Interim Service Improvement Manager
I'm Linda, I'm currently working as Service Improvement Manager, a new opportunity with a focus on supporting the service to move forward with improvements as part of our improvement journey.
I was previously one of two service managers responsible for children and young people with a plan for permanence through fostering, residential care, adoption and Special Guardianship Orders.
I joined Kirklees in 2004 as a team manager, before then I worked in Bradford as a child protection officer and manager for the NSPCC, and also a senior practitioner in Calderdale.
I've been a service manager since 2007 and I'm really proud of some of the fantastic work that goes on here - making sure our children and young people have the best life opportunities possible.
We are enhancing the placement support we offer and are currently piloting the pillars of parenting approach to parenting with our foster carers, having already rolled this out in our children's residential care homes.
The best thing about working here, without doubt, is the motivated, committed and passionate staff.
There's a strong commitment to outcomes for young people and I'm proud to work with people who go the extra mile.
I've had opportunities to develop as a manager and I'm part of the Senior Leadership Programme run by ADCS. I want to make sure my teams get the right support they need to develop as practitioners and managers.
As a service we're making positive changes to give all our social workers more time to spend with families so they build relationships built on solid foundations with children and young people. We have also recently reduced caseloads.
Being honest, there will always be challenges, some days are better than others but I'd say there's a real sense of 'we're all in it together.' This is the place for me, so why not give us a call and see if it's the place for you!
Andy Parkinson - Senior Practitioner
Every morning I swing my legs out of bed, I know that today will be different from yesterday. No two days are the same as a social worker in Kirklees. Living and working in a diverse community means that I interact with many different people during my working day.
I love the challenge of planning my work load and prioritising what I need to achieve with my current cases. Difficulties will not deter a social worker here in Kirklees, ('when the going gets tough, the tough get going'.)
Good reflective supervision is something that I look forward to. It gives me the knowledge of learning from the work I do and the support from my manager means that I feel safe and happy that I am achieving good outcomes for the family - which is after all what it's all about.
Our team is made up of specialist workers, cutting across family support and child protection services.
- Here's a snapshot of the work they do.