Social Work Assistant Team Manager- Help & Protection

Location Aylesbury
Job type Permanent
Salary £41,860 - 44,007 per year
Contact Lucy Pearson
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Reference 157794

Sanctuary Personnel, a leading recruitment company within the private and public sector has a locum role for a Social Work Assistant Team Manager to work full-time based in Aylesbury, within the Help & Protection Team.

As the post holder of this role, you will receive a competitive salary of £41,860 - £44,007 per annum.


  • Assist the Team Manager to, manage and supervise a team of multi-disciplinary staff including qualified, experienced Social Workers to deliver statutory services to children and young people in need of support, protection and care
  • Supporting the Team Manager to lead and manage staff by setting direction, monitoring standards, interpreting and communicating feedback and providing an important, positive interface for staff working in a multi-agency environment
  • Promoting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
  • Improving children and young people’s life chances and outcomes in the care of their parents, or other carers
  • Assisting with the leading, managing and supervising social work practice
  • Assessing, planning, delivering and reviewing social work services
  • Assuring the quality of practice, managing performance and delivering value for money
  • Supervise staff, qualified and unqualified, as delegated by the Team Manager to ensure the continuity of service delivery by the team
  • Manage the teams’ duty system and team diary and to work as part of the duty system
  • Provide immediate guidance and support to staff receiving referrals or providing advice
  • Liaise with operational teams ensuring cases are transferred and priorities made clear
  • Ensure that the views of children and young people are represented
  • Ensure an adequate induction of new staff
  • Act as a resource for other team members in working with complex referrals or contacts, as determined by the Team Manager to ensure the continuity of service delivery by the team
  • Oversee aspects of the team functioning, as delegated by the Team Manager
  • Contribute to the delivery of training staff, carers and clients and/or undertake practice teaching for students on professional qualifying course, support to staff on NVQ and PQ training
  • Support the performance development of team members
  • Following referral, to establish the service user’s eligibility for assessment and determine the level of assessment required
  • With the Team Manager, help to maintain thresholds across the service
  • With the Team Manager, ensure cases records are maintained on ICS
  • Sets clear performance standards that meet service strategy and goals
  • Has regular performance management meetings and applies performance management
  • Setting standards for best practice
  • Auditing quality and standards
  • Measuring outcomes and improvements against planned objectives
  • Tracking caseloads and targets
  • Tracking pace and progress
  • Having clear measures in place for improvement
  • Provides and supports staff with effective supervision, mentoring & support
  • Keeping children and young people’s lived experiences at the heart of everything we do
  • Working collaboratively with and for our children and families, acknowledging their contribution and building on their strengths
  • Remaining passionate about keeping children safe and well and making a positive difference every day
  • Making sure that everyone’s voice is heard, including children, families, our staff and partners, so that we work reflectively, openly and with integrity

Requirements of the Assistant Team Manager:

  • Degree or equivalent in social work
  • Current Social Work England registration
  • Significant senior level frontline experience within Children’s services, backed by evidence of appropriate professional expertise
  • Passion for delivering improved outcomes for children
  • Ability to set and give clear messages
  • Able to plan and prioritise
  • Able to manage and handle change and adjust direction accordingly
  • Able to confidently performance manage and handle difficult conversations
  • Demonstrates empathy & sensitivity
  • Ability to develop and nurture talent
  • Understands employee engagement and demonstrates actions that support it
  • Ability to make accurate assessment of risks and decisions
  • Ability to see appropriate options and alternatives
  • Ability to see and draw on the bigger picture – sees impact and implications
  • Ability to identify complexities & escalating risks and judge appropriate solutions
  • Ability to understand which other resources/people to draw on
  • Demonstrates and applies professional curiosity
  • Knows when to refer to others
  • Ability to set and maintain pace
  • Ability to deal with multiple priorities
  • Displays Energy, Vigour & Commitment consistently
  • Courage to speak truth to power & escalate issues of importance
  • Proactive
  • Be able to take a key role in planning and improving services for children and families
  • Be confident and competent to undertake workload and case management reviews
  • Be empathetic, responsive and resourceful to meet the needs of those reporting to you
  • Know how to measure and monitor quality standards and performance to ensure everyone performs at their best
  • Be able to resolve complaints and concerns promptly, comprehensively and diplomatically
  • Be an influential communicator when negotiating agreements and dealing with potential conflict
  • Have a knack for communicating complex messages in a straightforward way
  • Be capable of making sound decisions and managing uncertainty
  • See the big picture and be open and adaptable when working with others
  • Be passionate about maximising a child’s life chances and be respectful with their parents/carers and important others
  • Care enough to go the extra mile
  • Management and leadership training and qualification


This Assistant Team Manager job is advertised by Lucy Pearson; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.

As a pioneer of diverse recruitment, Sanctuary Personnel is proud to encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds as our pool of candidates is very much reflective of the clients that candidates will support within their role. This very much played a significant in previously winning ‘Best Candidate Care’ at the Recruiter Awards as well being a two-time finalist for the same award.

Sanctuary takes great pride in building candidate and client relationships that promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

With recruitment consultants and all other employees undertaking annual online training on EDI and many other compliance training courses, Sanctuary is best-placed to undertake a fair and thorough selection process.

Reasonable Adjustments:

If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.