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Halton Borough Council is a Unitary Authority that covers the towns of Runcorn and Widnes and is part of the Liverpool City Region. It has excellent links to major towns and cities across Merseyside and Cheshire.  We offer placements to Student Social Workers across a range of teams in both Adult and Children’s Social Care and are keen to ensure Students are provided with holistic learning experiences that prepare them for employment. Students in Halton are able to access a range of additional learning and development opportunities such as Action Learning Sets and Student support groups as well as formal training. Halton participates in Step up to Social Work and ensures all newly qualified social workers employed in the Authority are enrolled on the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).

Students on placement in Adult Social Care support residents who are aged 18 and over and work within key legislation including the Care Act (2014) and the Mental Capacity Act (2005). The majority of Adult teams are generic and will provide you with the opportunity to support adults with learning disabilities, physical and sensory impairments, acquired brain injury and adults over 65. We provide support for Carers and work collaboratively with partner agencies.

Placements are available in the following teams:

    • IAT (Initial Assessment Team) – multi disciplinary front door screening for adult services.
    • Complex Care – generic teams supporting adults over the age of 18 and their Carers.
    • IASU (Independent Adult Safeguarding Unit) – undertakes adult safeguarding and DoLS assessments.
    • Hospital Discharge Teams – multi agency teams based at Whiston and Warrington Hospitals providing assessments and care planning for residents who require support upon discharge from hospital.
    • Mental Health Team – supporting adults with severe and enduring mental health needs.
    • Sure Start to Later Life – providing services to residents over the age of 50 to improve their physical, social and mental health.
    • Transition Team – supporting children and young adults with learning disabilities during the transition from Children’s to Adult Social Care.

For students placed in Children’s Services you will be supporting Halton children, young people and their families from pre-birth to age 25.  You will practice within key legislation including the Children Act (1989), Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and the Children and Social Work Act (2017). Halton is working collaboratively with three partner Local Authorities in Cheshire to recruit and train Foster Carers and is a partner within the regional adoption agency, Together for Adoption.

Placements are available in the following teams:

    • iCART (initial contact and referral team) – multi agency front door screening for children’s services.
    • Child in Need Teams – supporting children, young people and families on a child in need or child protection basis.
    • Child in Care and Care Leavers Team – supporting children whose permanency plan is long term Fostering or Adoption and Care Leavers up until the age of 25.
    • Fostering Team – assessing potential Foster Carers and providing supervisory support to approved Carers.
    • Adoption Team – assessing of potential Adopters and providing support post Adoption.
    • Children with Disabilities Team – supporting disabled children and their families.