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Putting people and families at the heart of everything we do

Our vision

Our Vision for all children and families in Gateshead regardless of their background are at the heart of everything we do ensuring all children can thrive and meet their full potential. It is informed by the children and young people's plan and the overarching Council 'Thrive Agenda.' 

The pledges have been developed as a policy direction to inform how we deliver services and places children and their families at the heart of everything we do.

The leaders of the Council are clear Gateshead will be a place where everyone thrives. If we are to achieve this a radical rethink is needed about the way we work as a Council, the way we spend the money, the way we work with partner organisations and how we work with our local people and communities. We want everyone in Gateshead to be involved in this transformation.

The Council has Five pledges to help guide us when we make decisions. This is the start of a new era for Gateshead we have made our pledges for a fairer Gateshead.

  1. Put people and families at the heart of everything we do
  2. Tackle inequality so people have a fair chance
  3. Support our communities to support themselves and each other
  4. Invest in our economy to provide sustainable opportunities for employment, innovation and growth across the borough
  5. Work together and fight for a better future for Gateshead

Our approach to Social Work practice is not limited to one model or 'way to do it'. Gateshead CAN is an overarching systemic and strengths-based approach which recognises the interrelationships between Context, Action and Narrative. Some of the methods and models our social workers use are Relational Genograms, Ecomaps, Solution-focused and motivational interviewing, Signs of Safety, Narrative techniques and tools from positive psychology.

Our values

Our service strives to empower children and families, sustaining them within their own communities by promoting resilience and building upon their strengths. Gateshead recognises the importance of supporting secure attachments which is a catalyst for change for families and which enables children to be healthy and happy in life and achieve their full potential.

Children and Families Services work collaboratively with partners in a transparent and accountable way consolidating a shared Gateshead 'CAN' approach which is ambitious and aspirational, and which demonstrates meaningful positive impact for children and families.

We are strongly committed to continuously building a supportive learning culture which means embracing evidence-based research and learning from the national practice through sector-led improvement. We make sound decisions which keep children safe and are based upon evidenced professional judgement and place the child at the centre of all decision making.

We are building upon our relational approach with children and families using knowledge and skills through systemic, strength- based and solution focused practice underpinned by research including the impact of adverse childhood experience which are the golden threads through our practice development. We maintain a professional curiosity determining the causes and impact of harm for children and families.

We are committed to using our skills and resources with purpose, efficiency and flexibility, ensuring that we are targeting those most in need.

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