Social Work Team Leader

Location Stockton
Job type Permanent
Salary £40k per year
Contact Jenifer Watts
Call Jenifer
Reference 165896CC

Sanctuary Personnel, a leading recruitment company to the private and public sector has a locum vacancy for a Social Work Team Leader to work based in Stockton.

The salary for this permanent Team Leader job is £40,000 per annum.

This role involves shift work. The role is full-time, i.e., 40 hours per week and the postholder will be required to operate shift patterns, including early starts and evening work plus weekends and Bank Holidays.


  • Direct work with parents and their children from 0-3 years will be a key part of their role
  • Have line management responsibility for a team of Family Support Workers (FSWs) and will be required to guide and support them in their day-to-day interventions with families, alongside providing formal supervision
  • Be directly responsible for drafting the interim and final assessment reports in respect of the families for whom their team of FSWs are keyworkers
  • Presentation of the final Assessment Report, on behalf of the responsible local authority, to the court which directed the assessment and subsequent referral
  • Linking into local services as well as working alongside the referring local authority to ensure updates regarding families’ progress are provided on a regular basis
  • Lead and partake in group work with the families in the Centre and work directly with other specialist services in the local community as appropriate and as part of a team around the family within 44 Westbourne Street
  • Ensure intervention by Family Support Workers is informed by the plan and to support them to work as part of a team around the family in order to achieve specified outcomes
  • Ensure, through effective leadership, that partnership working with children and families is at the core of practice
  • Assess and respond to all safeguarding issues and ensure these are addressed in line with company and local safeguarding policies and procedures
  • Carry out in-depth and ongoing family assessment of need and risk to children, with particular emphasis on parental capacity and capability to change
  • Recognise and address behaviour that may indicate resistance to change, ambivalent or selective cooperation with services, and recognise when there is a need for immediate action, and what other steps can be taken to protect children
  • Provide reflective supervision to a team of Family Support Workers to include professional development and performance appraisals
  • Liaise with referring local authorities to determine suitability of placements and complete Viability Assessments accordingly
  • Lead in the development of individual Family Placement Plans, ensuring all risks are addressed as appropriate
  • Chair meetings as required
  • Communicate effectively in highly charged, complex and challenging situations and ensure Family Support Workers are appropriately equipped to carry out their role

Requirements of the Team Leader:

  • A recognised and relevant professional social work qualification (Degree / Diploma in Social Work)
  • Registered on Social Work England
  • Management experience
  • Full driving licence and an enhanced DBS check
  • Trained in Parent Assessment Manual Software (PAMS) or willing to undertake this training
  • A management qualification (desirable) or willing to undertake this training
  • Significant experience in statutory children’s services, including assessment and direct experience of child protection and court work
  • Supervisory experience of staff
  • Experience of working across all children’s age ranges, including early years
  • Experience of working with parents who have additional needs in respect of their learning ability
  • Demonstrable experience of working effectively with partner agencies
  • Ability to effectively guide and support individual staff and the staff team as a whole in assessing and enhancing parental skills to achieve required outcomes

Benefits of working for Sanctuary Personnel:

  • Daily payroll
  • Free DBS and compliance service
  • Access to exclusive roles that aren't available with other agencies
  • Your own dedicated consultant with extensive social work knowledge
  • Refer a Friend bonus - get £250 for each social worker you refer who we successfully place after 100 hours of work has been completed
  • Find your own job bonus - Receive £250 for bringing your own position to us
  • Clinical governance support with a specialist safeguarding team
  • In-house payroll system
  • Free digital copy of the Social Work News Magazine


This Team Leader job is advertised by Jenifer Watts; 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.