Assistant Team Manager Childrens - Oxford - 5174540

The purpose of this job is to help children and families improve the quality of their lives and to increase the skills of front-line Social Worker Teams. This role will hold a caseload of complex cases equating to up to 50% of a full caseload. The post holder will have line management of the Children’s Practitioners. They will hold supervisory responsibility for some newly qualified social workers supporting them to meet the operational requirements of the Council's Programme of Assessed Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). The role has the lead responsibility for ensuring duty and assessment systems in FSP teams run safely and deliver outcomes effectively and in a timely way. The role has no direct budgetary responsibility. The post holder may be required to work evenings and weekends, in order to meet service requirements in respect of service user needs. The nature of this post will require flexibility to meet urgent work needs as they arise. This will inevitably entail some work outside normal office hours. The job description therefore is not intended to be exhaustive. The post holder will be expected to adopt a flexible attitude to the duties which may have to be varied after discussion, subject to the needs of the Service and in keeping with the general profile of the post. If you are appointed to this post, you will be expected to abide by the professional standards required by Social Work England.


Lead responsibility for liaison with key agency e.g. CMHT, Health visitors, Schools, TYS, Police, Probation as directed by the Team Manager. 2. Responsibility for prioritisation of Team allocated work held in the Duty system under the direction of a Team Manager. To support the team manager with performance management 3. To play a leading role in improving practice and quality of assessments and care planning within the Team via mentoring assigned social work staff, leading Team meeting discussions and workshops, taking responsibility for updating Team on practice developments and research findings, induction of new staff. 4. Co-working cases with social workers as required and accompanying them to court. Responsible to represent the Service in magistrates, County and High Courts. To instruct solicitors, counsel and expert witnesses, in care proceedings with appropriate authorisation. 5. To undertake assessments of Children In Need (CIN), in accordance with the Assessment Framework and Working Together and to ensure robust and timely care planning for children looked after. To ensure that initial and core assessments are completed to a high standard and within timescales. 6. To co-ordinate and monitor assessment activity in the team, ensuring that practice standards and timescales are met. To demonstrate consistently high standards of practice that put the needs of children at the forefront of all activity. 7. To evidence working in partnership with children and their families. 8. To ensure all children for whom the post holder is responsible for, have a clear care plan to promote their development, wellbeing and protect them from harm. 9. To operate within a performance framework and to strive to improve personal performance and meet identified development targets. 10. To actively promote anti-discriminatory practice and the celebration of diversity. 11. To use the Service’s electronic communications system, database, spreadsheets, word processing packages and templates competently and promote the use of IT within the Team. To ensure a high standard of electronic social care recording for all children. To be responsible for accurately loading and updating the Service’s database with children and families’ details/status etc. 12. To ensure the Service’s procedures for managing risk of significant harm to children are followed at all times, and to seek appropriate advice and authorisation from managers. 13. To conduct care proceedings on behalf of the Service with appropriate guidance and authorisation. To ensure reports and statement for court, case conferences and looked after reviews are prepared to a high standard, in time for deadlines and evidence involvement of children, families (including absent fathers) and carers. 14. To follow the Service’s procedures for the authorisation of care packages, placements, financial expenditure and accommodation of children. 15. Be able to represent children, young people, families, carers, groups, individuals and partner agencies to access services 16. Challenge injustice, discrimination, poor practice and lack of access to services 17. Advise children (age appropriate in a child centred way), young people, families, carers, groups and individuals about independent advocacy that can best meet their needs 18. Assist children (age appropriate in a child centred way), young people, families, carers, groups, individuals and partner agencies represent their views in all meetings affecting them. 19. To convene and chair multi-agency child protection meetings and planning meetings. 20. To make full and appropriate use of the Family Group Conferencing process.


What's on offer for the Social Worker?

  • Excellent competitive pay rate
  • 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
  • Social Work England registration or Social Care Wales registration for North Wales.
  • Post qualified experience.
  • Enhanced DBS/Update service.
  • References required for the last 5 years of employment


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