Job Description

Team Manager for the AWAKEN (wider Exploitation Team)

Role Purpose

· To manage, direct and guide a multi-disciplinary Family Hub team providing focused high quality practice, preventative and whole family intervention to safeguard children, young people and residents to reduce vulnerability.

· To lead, coordinate and quality assure the delivery of Family Hub services across the locality and town.

· To ensure that high quality, effective services are delivered to children, families and residents in the locality resulting in improved outcomes and which are cost effective.

· Main Duties and Responsibilities

· To operationally manage a range of specified services as one integrated locality based team in Blackpool to support children, young people and their families.

· To manage the practice and delivery of a team to improve access to services for residents in the locality.

· To ensure that Hub and outreach service delivery across the locality are high quality, cost effective and meets the individual needs of children and young people to optimise outcomes. To have quality assurance systems in place, whereby practice is monitored and performance issues addressed.

· To mentor and support staff development. To drive continuous improvement of practice standards within your team.

· To support and contribute to relevant aspects of divisional, directorate and corporate initiatives and issues, and to maintain awareness of the team manager role within the broader council agenda.

· To be acutely aware of local and national Indicators relevant to the service, and ensure that staff have a firm understanding of their context and importance in optimising outcomes. To monitor individuals’ and team’s performance against these indicators, and to take reparative actions as necessary. To provide outcomes and performance data to evidence delivery against contracts.

· To provide effective supervision to support case management across the locality. To ensure that the supervision of staff is prioritised as central to effective and safe service delivery.

· Risk Management and effective direction.

· To deputise for the Early Help Service Manager in their absence, (within agreed boundaries, as stipulated by the Service Manager).

· Act in accordance with current legislation, policy and procedures, including OFSTED and Health and Safety regulations.

· To recognise the importance of inspections and to ensure that the team is fully briefed and prepared. It is essential that the team understand the context and importance of the inspection process and function, and maintain high standards at all times.

· To monitor and take responsibility for the effectiveness of services for children and their family within your team. Allocate and monitor work.

· To recognise that the role forms part of a broader service provision within Targeted Intervention Services, the post holder will, on occasion, be expected to manage or support other teams or staff within their Family Hub and locality.

· To ensure that staff fully understand the practice expectations of them. This will necessitate setting clear standards and giving appropriate direction, developing and/or referring to policy and procedure, legislation, National Minimum Standards, inspection frameworks and practice guidance relevant to the team/service.

· To be alert to changes in activity or need within the team, and to develop new initiatives as directed by the Service Manager.

· To contribute to the selection of personnel and ensure systems of vacancy control, application, selection and appointment are followed in line with legal procedural requirements and service needs.

· To actively promote partnerships and integrative practice with agencies and organisations to enhance the lives of people living within Blackpool, or the responsibility of Blackpool.

· To co-ordinate, support and retain an oversight of student placements and grow the volunteer offer.

· To support and contribute to relevant aspects of Divisional, Directorate and Corporate initiatives and issues, within the Council.

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

  • 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 have available feel free to click the 'Apply' button below or contact the team on 0161 4199285**