Job Description

We are looking to recruit a suitably qualified Children with Disability Service Manager. Candidates should be:

  • Responsible for the day-to-day management of Team Managers within the service who oversee complex and challenging children and family cases, ensuring that services are delivered to the highest achievable professional standards, meet key measurable objectives and operate within clear and up to date operational policies.
  • Responsible for provide strategic support to shape and influence an environment, which enables excellent practice to flourish by setting high standards and motivating others to do the same. Lead by example, showing integrity, creativity, resilience and clarity of purpose; being visible and accessible to staff, and where appropriate to children and families.
  • Able to embed and adopt our systemic model of practice rooted in relational work with families, which emphasizes people’s relationships as key to understanding their experiences.
  • Able to lead service improvements and ensure oversight of performance to ensure the service is delivered effectively and efficiently.
  • Be responsible for the delivery of an annual business plan.
  • Able to support the implementation of corporate or national policy and practice initiatives.
  • Able to provide strategic and operational support to the social work service to children and families working within local and national guidance, legislation and case law.
  • Able to provide matrix management to children with disabilities social work teams.
  • Able to lead on partnership work across the social work teams, with links to locality partner agencies.
  • Able to use evidence based interventions to instigate change to improve outcomes for children and families and promote and embed systemic practice across Children’s Social Work Services
  • Able to deputise in the Head of Service absence on his/her behalf.

MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide strategic oversight of a key area of safeguarding activity on behalf of the authority, as agreed by the Head of Service
  • To drive excellent practice by ensuring robust challenge and support to oversee team managers day to day practice in overseeing decision making on statutory social work.
  • Ensure managers are supported to provide a safe, calm and well-ordered environment for all staff.
  • Ensure the effective allocation of work within the team, ensuring that high priority work is accorded the appropriate status; making certain that un-allocated work is safely managed.
  • Provide regular professional supervision for team managers and ensure they in turn provide good supervision, support and challenge to other team members (social workers and other practitioners who are based within the team)
  • Effectively manage, monitor, evaluate and review performance targets, identify poor performance and take necessary action.
  • Ensure the service area meets any national, regional or local strategies or service frameworks
  • Promote reflective thinking to drive effective discussions to enable reasoned and timely decision-making
  • Identify individual training needs and develop plans for individual members of staff. Deliver this training where need be in situ or planned to staff.
  • Help practitioners to make decisions based on observations and analysis, taking account the wishes and feelings of children and families.
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of new staff and progression panels for existing staff
  • Oversee induction programme for new members of the team
  • Participate in out of hours on call management rota
  • Deputise for the Head of Service as required
  • Make effective use of power and authority applying an ethical approach to the exercise of authority, which develops and maintains relationships with families and professionals. Take into account diversity, the experience of discrimination and the impact of poverty.
  • Respond and liaise with the public, professionals and colleagues using appropriate methods of communication, recording as required on the appropriate system.
  • Produce and use data to understand current demand, historical patterns and likely future trends. Scrutinise system performance and devise and implement effective and timely improvement plans.
  • Manage delegated budgets; identify any projected variances and implement realistic solutions in partnership with the service management team.
  • To have strategic oversight of the entire service including having a clear vision and understanding of collective strengths and weaknesses.
  • To chair strategy meetings and child protection core groups and child in need meetings as required.
  • To respond to complaints and requests for information from members of the public, Councillors and MPs and to Freedom of Information Act requests
  • To ensure the work of the service meets the expectations of external bodies e.g. Court, Fostering Panel, Adoption Panel
  • To have devolved responsibility for the management of budgets within the designated service area.
  • To ensure compliance with ICS requirements and use of departmental children’s information record. (Mosaic)
  • To take responsibility for own continuing professional development, maintaining an up-to-date and accurate record of activities in line with requirements of the social work regulator.

SERVICE DEVELOPMENT

  • To contribute to the development of the service as an active member of the children’s management team; contributing to the annual service plan, management service meetings and deputising for the Head of Service in his/her absence and to provide cover for other managers as appropriate.
  • To be responsible for the development of effective working links between the team, service users, health, education, the voluntary sector and other section within the Council. To take a lead role with a named locality to establish effective professional relationships.
  • To represent Families and Wellbeing Directorate at working parties, inter-agency forums and other groups as required.
  • To ensure that the development of the service is informed by changes in legislation, developments in research and policy development and are sensitive to the wider political context.

General responsibilities

1. To comply with the statutory obligations of the Council and the Directorate.
2. To comply with all Health and Safety requirements in the performance of all duties.
3. To carry out all duties with due regard to confidentiality and data protection.
4. To comply with the SW England Code of Conduct.
5. To undertake any other duties as may be allocated from time to time, which are deemed to be commensurate with the designation and grading of the post.
6. A commitment to work outside of normal working hours as and when required.

What’s on offer for the Social Worker

· Excellent competitive pay rate – paid weekly!

· Excellent management structure with experienced leaders

· Desirable location with excellent transport links

· A stable and well-supported working environment

You must have:

  • A professional qualification in social work and experience of working with Children's
  • Social Work England registration.
  • Post qualified experience.
  • Enhanced DBS/Update service.
  • References required for the last 5 years of employment.

Benefits of working with Semester.co.uk:

  • Free on-going training opportunities upon registering as part of our commitment to you.
  • Competitive Rates of pay
  • In house payroll, providing weekly payments and support
  • Enhanced DBS completed.
  • Support and expert advice from an approachable, dedicated and friendly team
  • An assigned dedicated & experienced consultant
  • Various employment opportunities in your preferred geographical area
  • Flexible hours to meet your needs, full or part time
  • Recommend a friend bonus scheme
  • “Find your own job” bonus – get £250 for bringing your own position to us *

If you would like to find out more information about this role, or the other opportunities Semester.co.uk have available feel free to click the 'Apply' button below or contact the team on 0161 4199285**

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