Job Description

Please be aware this is a Long Term Temporary post to start ASAP.

The following is essential criteria:

– Degree in Social Work

– SWE Registration

– Right to work within the UK

The post is for a Practice Lead position with Halton Children in Need Services. This post holder will be responsible for supervising 5 SWs, chairing complex meetings, QA of SW practice, ensuring that performance is managed and targets maintained, and the safe allocation of work.


To assist in the organisation and development of the delivery of Social Services in a defined area of service by supervising, supporting and advising the team. To contribute to the management, delivery and operation of a range of measurably high quality, cost effective services to meet individual need. To manage a cohort of social workers.



To take responsibility for the overall management of a small cohort of staff and resources within the team, with particular emphasis on practice issues, to ensure the delivery of high quality service, according to the philosophy, targets and objectives for the service.


To be responsible for ensuring the prioritisation and allocation of work within the cohort of staff to maintain service provision and to meet the demand arising within Children’s Services and to ensure that services are targeted, developed and delivered within policy and legal obligations


To be accountable for ensuring the direction and motivation of their cohort of staff by the provision of support and supervision for team members on a regular and frequent basis in line with supervision policy and management policy and procedures.


To be responsible for ensuring that documentation, record keeping, accounting and communication is maintained within the team and that effective partnership working across the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors is established and maintained


To be accountable to the Principal Manager for all elements of individual cases within the teams workload in accordance with policy and procedures and for staff care and development of team members in accordance with policy and procedures.


To support the Principal Manager in the development and delivery of effective communication within the service area, the identification of resource shortages and

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contribute to the planning and development of services.


To assist the Principal Manager in ensuring the health and safety of staff and individuals, and the safety of equipment and operations within the team, in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act


To support the Principal Manager in ensuring that the planning, monitoring and reviewing of expenditure and financial commitment against the budget are provided within cost limits. To authorise funding within the agreed financial delegation.


To work with the Principal Manager in ensuring the regular and effective analysis, monitoring, measurement and maintaining of the performance of the team against agreed targets and performance indicators. To analyse monitor and support of each member of the teams contribution towards these.


To assist the Principal Manager in ensuring the recruitment, induction and training of staff within Directorate policies. To support and assess relevant staff in relation to appropriate qualifying and post qualifying awards.


To support the Principal Manager in the production and implementation of a Team Business Plan as required and in accordance with directorate and corporate policy.


In conjunction with the Principal Manager, ensure the development and regular use of quality assurance processes in the scrutiny of front line practice.


To deputise on behalf of the Principal Manager as required.


To provide support and advise to team members and take a lead role for defined areas of service as appropriate and as identified by DMT


The chairing of the range of practice and professional meetings as appropriate and support Social Workers in court attendance, as required.


Undertake any other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time, which are commensurate with the grade of the job.

Please be aware this is a Long Term Temporary post to start ASAP.

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 adults.
  • 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

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