Job Description

We require a qualified Social Work Team Manager to join our Children In Care Team in the West. Within the team there are social workers, family workers and youth workers undertaking social work assessments and support children and families in care including contact.

*** Pay Negotiable Subject to Discussion and Dependent on Experience***

***Plus a contribution to travel and accommodation expenses subject to negotiation***

The successful candidate must have a diploma in Social Work, CQSW, CSS, degree in Social Work or other professional social work qualification recognised by HCPC for the purpose of registration in the UK. Experience of social work management in a frontline social work team. A high level of specific and applied professional expertise in the area of practice to be supervised, relevant policy, legislation, guidance and best practice.

Applied knowledge and understanding of the needs and risks of a diverse range of children, young people and their parents/carers, promoting their full involvement in decision making, taking into account issues of equality and diversity. Proven ability to achieve high practice quality standards in the assessment of strengths, needs, risks, produce analysis and translate into a coherent plan that improves outcomes for children.

Proven to provide advice, consultation, mentoring, supervision and appraisal support to professionally qualified and unqualified practitioners, those in training, agency/sessional workers and volunteers. Good IT and word processing skills. The role is initially for three months with the possibility of being reviewed for extension.

Job purpose The primary role of a Team Manager in the Children & Families Service is to improve the welfare, safety and outcomes of the children and young people supported by the team. With the advice, supervision and support of a Service Manager or Head of Service, the Team Manager manages a statutory service to children in need, including children in need of protection, children in care, young offenders and care leavers, in line with Working Together and Our Safeguarding Children Partnership continuum of need/threshold policy as well as a range of other approved policies, procedures and practice guidance related to the role and function of the team/service. Under the Service Framework for Quality Assurance and Performance Management (QAPM) the Team Manager is accountable for the consistency and quality of individual and team practice and performance in undertaking child focussed assessments and analysis of strengths, needs and risks, planning, implementation and review – appropriate to the role and function of the team and service area. The Team Manager leads a multi-disciplinary team of practitioners, playing a lead role in developing, supporting and overseeing the competency and confidence of the front line practitioners. They achieve this through developing a team learning and performance culture, maintaining and championing expertise in specific areas of practice, driving improvement through learning from experience and reference to evidence-based practice. The Team Manager provides reflective supervision, mentoring, coaching and appraisal to the Principal Social Worker (PSW) and to other professionally qualified and unqualified practitioners within the team. The Team Manager is responsible for supporting the health and wellbeing of all team members in line with their duty of care set out in the Council’s employment relations policy and procedures. The Team Manager holds team members to account for the quality of their practice and performance in helping and protecting children and young people, where necessary utilising the Council’s policies and procedures for attendance at work, capability and disciplinary issues. The Team Manager is responsible for developing and maintaining effective partnership working with local agencies and groups in the team area, especially Police, Health, Probation and Court colleagues, Schools and voluntary/community groups. The Team Manager deputises for the Service Manager /Head of Service as required Job title Team Manager Corporate Directorate Together for Families Service Children and Family Services 2 Information Classification: CONTROLLED and represents the team in task and finish groups set up to improve the quality of practice and the effectiveness of the service in improving outcomes for children and young people. The Team Manager supports the team to prepare for and contribute to successful inspections under the relevant inspection framework for the role and function of the team/service. Accountabilities  For developing and supporting a multi-disciplinary team of practitioners to undertake a full range of statutory duties in cases that meet the threshold for the role and function of the team/service: including children in need and their families; children with disabilities; children in need of protection; children in care; children at risk of offending behaviours; children who offend and care leavers.  For ensuring a relational and strengths-based approach to working with children, young people and their families, in line with the commitment of the Service to social justice and pro-social learning.  For promoting and evidencing the meaningful participation of children, young people, and parents/carers in the processes of key decision making and shaping service delivery.  For developing and implementing an annual Team Improvement Plan, based on the quality assurance and performance management data for the team, in consultation with team members and key stakeholders.  For improving the consistency and quality of practice in line with agreed standards through developing a team learning and performance culture; effective management oversight; and taking appropriate management action to support individuals who are unable to achieve the required practice quality standards consistently.  For supporting practitioners by providing high quality supervision to team members in line with the Policy Standards for Supervision, achieving an appropriate balance between critical reflective practice and accountability for tasks, standards and targets.  To set annual performance targets for individual practitioners in accordance with the Performance Development System and undertake half-year performance development reviews which identify individual achievements, strengths and areas for development, along with a plan to strengthen the practitioner’s competence and confidence in undertaking their role.  For establishing, developing and delivering best practice collaborative working with other agencies and professionals, including integrated working with key partners; providing advice and consultancy to support other professionals and agencies to meet the welfare and safeguarding needs of children and young people.  For working positively and collaboratively with the Principal Social Worker for the team and the Practice Educator for the Service to create Learning Teams, learning from experience; maintaining and disseminating an excellent understanding of current research; using evidence-based practice in assessment and care planning, 3 Information Classification: CONTROLLED guidance, policy, legislation and case law relating to children and families.  For holding regular team meetings and team based learning sets, as well as facilitating at least one team development event per annum.  For developing and maintaining a positive team culture and workplace that supports the health and wellbeing of staff, improving standards for attendance at work; taking appropriate management action when the attendance of individual staff falls below the required standards.  For implementing the Framework for Quality Assurance and Performance Management (QAPM) and to contribute positively to the full range of QAPM processes, including reviewing and signing off the quality of work; undertaking case audits; investigating shortfalls; contributing to service QAPM meetings and attending QAPM Conferences.  For supporting practitioners to keep accurate and up-to-date case recording on the appropriate system for recording and reporting casework.  For understanding, promoting and integrating into practice Council policies on valuing diversity and promoting equalities, achieving cultural competence across the team.  For responding positively to well-founded criticism from service users and other professionals with a commitment to learn and to change, undertaking investigations into Stage 1 complaints that fully involving the complainant in the process.  For taking appropriate management action to address serious and persistent shortfalls in practice quality standards, taking a proportionate approach to supporting staff to achieve the required standards and differentiating between capability and conduct when shortfalls persist.  For recruiting, motivating and developing team members, including students, trainees, volunteers and sessional/agency workers where appropriate.  For facilitating/chairing multi-disciplinary meetings to plan and review the progress a child is making towards intended outcomes.  For supporting the Service Manager and Head of Service to reconcile policy and resources by delivering serviced within allocated budgets.  For deputising for the Service Manager/Head of Service and represent the team in a variety of multi-agency settings/meetings.

You must have:

  • A professional qualification in social work and experience of working with Adults
  • Social Work England registration.
  • Post qualified experience.
  • 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 *

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