Social Work Practice Manager - MASH Team

Location Ilford
Job type Permanent
Salary £52,827 per year
Contact Stefan Garrett
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Reference 167486

Sanctuary Personnel, an award-winning and renowned Recruitment Agency is looking for an experienced and dedicated Social Work Practice Manager to work full-time based in Ilford, within the MASH Team.

The salary for this permanent Practice Manager job is £52,827 per annum.


  • Responsible for Providing professional support and guidance to other team members, Senior Practitioners, Social Workers, NQSW’s and to undertake supervisory duties deemed appropriate by the Team Manager
  • Manage the day-to-day duties in the Child Protection Service including managing contacts, referrals and assessments
  • Manage a duty rota and ensure the safe and robust allocation of new Child and Family Assessments and Child Protection enquiries within the team
  • Lead, motivate, nurture and manage a team (Social Workers and unqualified staff) to deliver a Children’s Social Care Service on a daily basis
  • Ensure that the Service provided is effective and delivers the required outcomes, and Children’s cases are dealt with in a timely manner
  • Take responsibility for managing complex cases and undertake specific tasks, responsibilities and duties that contribute positively to the development of the Service
  • Lead, contribute and support the development of best practice, policies and procedures within the relevant operational team
  • Communicate effectively with a number of other colleagues across the service and take a lead in the development of strong and effective Multi-Agency relationship building
  • Take a lead in managing team meetings and other related team functions, in the absence of the Team Manager
  • Assist the Team Manager as required, in all aspects of the team’s work including the allocation of work; maintaining, developing and encouraging high professional practice standards; and supporting the supervision and development of individual staff
  • Lead a team of HCPC Registered and unregistered staff, and under the direction of the Team Manager, ensure the operational delivery of a Children’s Social Care Service is in accordance with legislation and Local policies and delivers best outcomes for children
  • Enable and challenge others to develop their knowledge base and skills, and make evidence based judgements, including improved independent decision making regarding risk
  • Be responsible for managing a team including the individual performance management and professional development of staff
  • Establishing regular individual and group supervision arrangements, mentoring and coaching staff, and setting and monitoring developmental targets and objectives whilst balancing this with the development of staff skills and ongoing training and development needs
  • Model and use critical reflective skills in management, practice or organisational supervision settings to enhance best practice
  • Model and support others to maintain professional and personal boundaries, and enhance the skilled use of self in more complex situations
  • Lead and develop a working environment that promotes a learning culture and active practice development within the work place
  • Keep up to date with good practice guidance, current legislation, Government initiatives, and local policies and procedures with a view to playing a lead role in disseminating these within the team
  • Provide consultation, advice and guidance to team members on professional issues
  • Assist the Team Manager in developing and maintaining team plans and objectives that ensures delivery of the wider business plan

Requirements of the Practice Manager:

  • Degree or equivalent in Social Work
  • HCPC registration
  • Be aware of health and safety within the workplace and to ensure the safety of staff, clients and others is considered at all times
  • Be aware of safety systems, risk assessments and safety audits
  • Extensive post qualification experience which demonstrates the application of technical theories, issues and related principles in complex or specialist areas of Social Care with families with complex needs and applying this in a Social Care setting e.g. Child Protection, Looked after Children, Families in Crisis
  • Evidence of excellent assessment skills, including the demonstrable ability to ensure regular reviews and risk management with a variety of individuals, carers or families
  • Extensive experience of effectively prioritising work and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrable experience of dealing with a wide breath of issues and complex situations and using highly developed analytical skills to provide solution focussed and resource efficient options and outcomes
  • Experience of maintaining and developing effective working relationships within a multi-agency partnership setting with evidence of the ability to influence change in order to maintain a focus on the needs of the Service users
  • Experience of involving service users and carers in the planning, development and evaluation of services
  • Relevant advanced theoretical Social Work concepts and practices and detailed organisational knowledge relating to the provision of a Social Work service dealing with complex issues
  • Detailed knowledge of attachment, impact of developmental trauma, child development and other relevant matters related to child abuse and indicators of significant harm
  • Detailed knowledge of the wider Social Work legislation, organisational policies, practices and procedures
  • Relevant up to date working knowledge of legislation relevant to specialist area of the post e.g. Children Act 1989, Adoption and Children Act 2004, Working Together 2013, Fostering regulations and Standards, Public Law Outline
  • Working knowledge of how to recognise the political context of Social Care and respond appropriately at management level
  • Breadth of understanding of the therapeutic and theoretical interventions that can be used in Children’s Social Care, e.g. solution focussed practice, systemic approaches and programmes and evidence based practice
  • Knowledge of management strategies in order to confidently manage internal and external issues
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage robustly a range of priorities, demands and analytical information to ensure that the service is being delivered effectively and team workloads are balanced
  • The ability to organise and manage the post holder’s own workload as well as take responsibility for others workload is imperative
  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to respond flexibly, positively and successfully to the ever changing pressures which local authorities face
  • Be smart and presentable at all times in compliance with the current dress code
  • Be able to drive and use a car for the execution of your duties
  • Appropriate post qualifying and practice assessor qualification


This Practice Manager job is advertised by Stefan Garrett; 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.