In Knowsley, everything we do with children and families should be delivered to the highest standard. In order to do this, we work to the ‘Social Work Practice Standards’, understood and prioritised by everyone who works within this service.
Why are the Social Work Practice Standards important?
They are important because they detail the minimum service or practice that a child and their family can expect from a Knowsley social worker. They give everyone a baseline to aim for and then exceed. We want – and must – give children and families the best service and the best outcomes. The standards help us know how to do that consistently.
What are the standards?
Assessments will be child centered, proportionate and of a high quality.
The child is the focus
I will make sure that the child remains the focus of my work.
Working in partnership
I will work in partnership with families and other professionals.
SMART and purposeful plans
I will make sure that every action in each child’s plan is SMART and purposeful and will make a difference to the child’s life.
No drift or delay
I will ensure that no child will be subjected to “drift or delay” in terms of the planning, support and permanency.
Outcomes and impact
I will make sure that I am outcomes focussed. I will make sure that the plan that is in place for each child has a positive impact on their life – and if it doesn’t I will change the plan.
I will consider the long term (permanent) plan for each child I am working with from the first time I meet them.
I will make sure children understand experiences.
I will make sure that children’s records are up to date, jargon free and show clear decision making.
The Golden Thread
I will never lose sight of the “Golden Thread” when I am working with a family.
Where can I see the standards?
You can view and download copies of the standards below, please make sure you have an application that can view PDFs (like Adobe)