Our purpose is to work alongside families to prevent problems from getting worse, to provide support, to safeguard and to improve children and young people's well-being.
We promote children's right to a family life.
We support families to get the right help at the right time, we step up support, step down support but don't step away too soon.
We respect people's unique individuality, their circumstances and choices, and involve young people and their families in our work and decisions about their lives and circumstances.
Family Strengths and Safeguarding
We work on strengths and are clear with people about risks, and the outcomes we are working towards.
We promote stability for looked after young people and know that they will need specialist help during their journey.
We take pride in the achievements of the people we support, and the work we do with them.
We are curious about how effective our work is and are always ready to improve and innovate.
All social work roles in Rhondda Cynon Taf share the same core job description, we have a range of teams specialising in different areas of social work, the information below introduces you to our teams and outlines the different areas of work and specific requirements.
Contact us for information regarding other posts within Children’s services.
“Our Social Worker was always contactable and has been brilliant to work with.”
Information, Advice and Assistance Team
The Information, Advice and Assistance Team (IAA) is the first point of contact for all public and professional enquiries to RCT Children's Services. The IAA Team establish whether there is a need for the provision of information, advice and assistance or the investigation of safeguarding concerns.
Where safeguarding concerns are identified, the referral will be assigned to the Cwm Taf Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).
MASH provides a framework for partner agencies to work together to best support and safeguard children by sharing and analysing information that is held about them.
Our IAA and MASH Teams work closely together, ensuring we act quickly and appropriately to ensure the best decisions are made for children and young people.
Resilient Families Service
The service focus is early intervention and prevention, it has been designed to provide the right support at the right time, to deliver swift resilience focused assessments, to remove practical barriers to positive change and to provide timely, appropriate, and effective interventions.
Find out more about the Resilient Families Service
Enquiry and Assessment Teams
The Enquiry and Assessment Teams provide assessment and signposting to ensure families receive the right level of support. Where needs are identified requiring the involvement of statutory services, an outcome focused care and support plan is developed. Practitioners work with families until the initial Child Protection Conference.
"Lately, we've had a challenging time but (our Social Worker) has helped myself as a parent by putting me at ease, supporting both of our welfares."
East and West Teams (1,2,3)
Our Intensive Intervention teams offer the opportunity to work with children with wide ranging needs, which includes children subject to care and support plans (CASP), Children Looked After (CLA) and those in the child protection arena. This affords a variety of work and learning opportunities. We have focussed our resources to support social workers to deliver high quality assessments, plans and direct work, to improve the experience and outcomes for children.
The 16+ Teams work with young people aged 16 – 21 years (or in some cases, up to the age of 25) who have been looked after by Rhondda Cynon Taf. Social Workers work with the young people to equip them with the skills to be independent and to reach their full potential.
We work closely with colleagues in education and training, and also provide a range of accommodation options for care leavers working with our colleagues in housing to meet individual needs.
Find out more about the looked after childrens service
Disabled Children’s Services
The Disabled Children’s Service has a brand-new way of working to better enable disabled children and their families to meet their personal outcomes and provide targeted support.
The team supports children and families who have a permanent and substantial disability, taking them through the assessment process and providing targeted support through preventative services or care and support planning as appropriate. Identifying and managing any safeguarding risks and having responsibility for disabled children who are looked after.
Family Support and Accommodation
Social Workers in our Fostering Teams are responsible for the recruitment, (working closely with Foster Wales), supervision and support of approved foster carers, Kinship Carers and Special Guardians. We have a range of support for carers including a dedicated training programme, therapeutic interventions, peer support groups and council benefits.
Find out more about the Fostering service
“Our social worker is a real asset to the team, we have been very lucky to share the beginning of our fostering journey with her and will be forever grateful for all of her care and support."
Our Residential Services provide care and support to children and young people between the ages of 8-18. Residential staff teams are committed to providing stable and positive environments which improve lived experiences and provide positive opportunities to those who are unable to live with their family at the current time. Individual plans are designed to facilitate reunification or support the development of life skills in preparation for independent living. Our residential teams are trained and supported to deliver care using the Trauma Recovery Model.
Our Residential Service also provides respite to children and young people who have disabilities. The short break service, provides respite care to eligible children and families, providing care that focusses on ability and engagement in the local community. Staff within this area of the service are committed to providing accessible, positive activities and experiences with a ‘can do’ approach to respite stays.
Find out more about our Residential offer
Miskin (Edge of Care) Family Support Services
Miskin deliver intensive evidence-based interventions with the aim of helping parents/carers and children to achieve behavioural change that improves parenting capacity, helps create stability at home and enables them to care for their children.
Interventions are delivered through:
- Individual work directly with children and their parents.
- Activities both within and outside the home, including, where appropriate, within a residential setting.
- Practical support.
- Parenting Programme.
- Working with the extended family.
The Regional Adoption Collaborative operates across the Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil assessing and approving adopters, providing support, and family finding for children whose plan is adoption. The Collaborative is one of five regional adoption collaborative's across Wales that form part of the National Adoption Service.
Independent Reviewing Team
Independent Reviewing Officers (IRO) are qualified, experienced social workers working in the Reviewing Team. IROs are responsible for chairing Child Protection Conferences as well as Children Looked After Reviews. They seek the child’s view and monitor the progress of Care and Support Plans to ensure needs are being met.
Cwm Taf Youth Offending Service
The Youth Offending Service is a statutory multi-agency partnership responsible for preventing offending and re-offending in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil. The service works with children who enter into the youth justice system via the Law Courts and who are dealt by way of an out of court disposal (OoCD). Working closely with teams across Children Services and other partner agencies, the service promotes preventative working that seeks to prevent offending and anti-social behaviour.
Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Board
The Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Board (CTMSB) is a statutory partnership made up of the agencies that are responsible for safeguarding children and adults at risk in the region. The Board ensures that agencies have effective arrangements in place to ensure that people of all ages, are protected from abuse, neglect, or other kinds of harm. This also involves preventing these things from happening. Children’s Services staff can develop their skills and contribute directly to the work of the Board, through attendance at sub-groups on engagement and participation, policies and procedures, quality assurance and reviews, training and learning etc.
View more about the safeguarding service