Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Come for the Job, Stay for the Lifestyle; Are You Looking to Progress Your Social Work Career in an Innovative Environment While Enjoying the Benefits of Living in a County Growing in Popularity?

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Come for the Job, Stay for the Lifestyle; Are You Looking to Progress Your Social Work Career in an Innovative Environment While Enjoying the Benefits of Living in a County Growing in Popularity?

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Byline: Niki Chesworth

SUFFOLK is a great place to live and work. In addition to chocolate box villages and a scenic coastline, there are vibrant urban areas such as the newly developed Ipswich waterfront and bustling towns. Property is much more affordable than in London, with average house prices of less than PS250,000, according to Rightmove. The schools are also highly rated, with the number judged 'good' or 'outstanding' by Ofsted at an all-time high of 89 per cent.

So it is no surprise that Suffolk is attracting talented people from the capital -- only an hour or so away by train -- to its mix of culture and the great outdoors, and a good quality of life in strong, safe communities.

If you are a social worker looking for your next opportunity, there is another pull-factor -- Suffolk is recognised for the quality of its social work practice.

Through an ambitious and clearly articulated plan, Suffolk is transforming the role of services from the 'fixer' of problems to the stimulator of family-owned change.

The social work team has been recognised with a national Social Worker of the Year award for the past two years, with 2016 winner Emily Tiplady-Ead saying: "I am very lucky to have an extremely supportive manager and team, who also deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication to vulnerable children and their families." Suffolk's children's social work practice has also been shortlisted twice this year for Local Government Association awards, with one nomination including achievements on 'signs of safety and wellbeing' where the practice is recognised as leaders in this field.

Ofsted gave Suffolk an overall "good" judgment in February 2016, observing: "Substantial and significant improvements have been achieved for children in care in Suffolk in recent years. These improvements reflect a commitment that puts safe, stable lives for children at the heart of the work undertaken."

Through its 'Positive Choices' team, Suffolk has developed an approach that focuses on supporting women who have suffered trauma of more than one child being removed from their care and offers them a different perspective and choice to change their story. Ofsted noted that "Positive Choices is helping to break the cycle of serial pregnancies and children being removed". …

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