Want to work with us - a charity that is working hard to change the lives of families with complex difficulties?
A charity with big ideas
From our radical and religious roots we have shifted, changed and grown into an organisation that embraces people from all backgrounds. But making sure children have the brightest possible future remains at the heart of our work.
We are a smaller charity but we make a huge difference to the people we work with. The families we help come in many shapes and sizes, all with different problems and needs.
Benefit from our expertise and our training
The charity itself is like a big family with many of the senior team leaders being with us for over 10 or 20 years (our director’s been working here since 1973). Most have worked their way up. They are bursting with knowledge and experience when it comes to issues around child protection and supporting young parents.
Our specialist knowledge includes issues around teen domestic violence, emotional resilience and working with young dads.
We also have very close links with Universities and academics carrying out research in areas of child protection and social care. Our partnership with Middlesex Universities Centre for Abuse and Trauma gives staff the opportunity to receive enhanced training which includes two specific evidence based tools; the Parenting Role Interview (PRI) and the Attachment style Interview (ASI).
As a member of several important networks such as Children England, The Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange and LEAP Lambeth Early Action Partnership, our work has national influence on policy and practice.
We offer Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme. The ASYE is a twelve month, employer-led programme. It offers support and assessment set against the Knowledge and Skills Statement for social workers in children and adult services. It provides planned access to regular and focused support and development within the workplace. Plus the assessment of individual professional practice against national standards.
Taking part in the ASYE supports newly qualified social workers to
consolidate their degree learning,
strengthen their professional confidence in an employment environment.
We've been involved in the ASYE programme from the beginning and supported a number of NQSW staff through the programme.
After an initial three month induction, ASYE participants receive 1:1 reflective supervision, protected development time and ASYE practitioner support groups.
We need people with ideas
We are innovators, working at the hard edge of child protection and stopping childhood adversity and trauma by working with young mums and dads. We are always looking for new ways of working, teaching and talking with families and young parents.
Being smaller, we can move fast, be dynamic and try out new ideas.
Sometimes families leave our residential houses with their children. Heartbreakingly, even when they have tried their hardest, this doesnt always happen because it’s not safe for the child. We know that leaving our assessment centre is just the start of another journey for these parents and we do our best to prepare them for it.
Recently, we got funding for an innovative project called Securing Change that will support young mothers leaving our centres without their children.
Tough work with incredible rewards
A lot of what we do is tough work but the rewards are plenty. Knowing that you are part of a team helping parents be the best they can be; helping parents, who might themselves suffered from neglect and abuse break the cycle is a pretty amazing feeling.
Not just for social workers
St Michael’s offers those looking for careers in social care a solid foundation to work from. But we’re also looking for people who have worked with children and/or parents and who have a wide range of experience and knowledge - educators, artists, and psychologists, for example, who can bring different perspectives to our work and help support families with complex needs.
And, we want people to grow and develop with us. So we offer plenty of structured training and support along the way.
Our work is needed more than ever
Our other work with young parents is needed more than ever, as poverty, adversity and trauma disproportionally affects young mums, dads and their children. We understand the importance of co-parenting. We believe our family contact centre is helping keep families together, making sure children have the chance to spend time with both parents, and the other important people in their lives.