Social Work Team Manager - Children in Care

Location Northampton
Job type Permanent
Salary £53,494 per year
Contact Lucy Pearson
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Reference 165990

Sanctuary Personnel, an innovative and committed recruitment agency is currently looking for a dedicated and experienced Social Work Team Manager to work based in Northampton, within the Children in Care Team.

The salary for this permanent Social Work Team Manager role is £53,494 per annum.

Main Duties:

  • To lead, manage and direct a Northamptonshire County Council social care team for children and young people, including statutory child protection and regulated adoption and fostering services to ensure that all children who are the responsibility of the relevant area team or centrally based service are safeguarded.
  • To improve outcomes for children and young people in receipt of these services who are looked after by the local authority, deemed to be children in need or in need of protection from significant harm (as defined by the 1989 Children Act) and therefore are amongst the most vulnerable in society.
  • To deliver the Northamptonshire County Council’s statutory responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of these children.
  • To recruit, supervise, appraise, and develop staff in line with the Council’s requirements and in accordance with the statutory requirements for the relevant service area, to ensure that staff have the relevant skills, knowledge and training to provide an efficient and effective service.
  • To manage budgets to ensure efficient and effective use of resources, capturing patterns of expenditure to inform budget planning and setting within the Directorate.
  • To develop and maintain partnership and multi-agency working, in order to ensure that services and agencies work together effectively to assess risk and respond to identified need to safeguard children and to promote effective information sharing with partner agencies. This will include proactively developing relationships with schools and other partners in local operational teams (LOTs) to promote effective prevention and early intervention and ensure that children, young people and families experience a smooth transition between targeted and specialist social care services.
  • To develop and write the team plan which ensures that the relevant service contributes to meeting the objectives and performance targets set within the Children and Young People’s Directorate’s Service Plan and the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership’s Children and Young People’s Plan; to ensure that an efficient and effective service is provided, and to continually develop and improve the service for service users, performance managing the team to achieve the relevant objectives and targets. Developing the team plan will include the effective analysis of local need so that the service managers and county wide strategic planners can fine tune the deployment of resources to local need.
  • To secure service improvements through effective audit, quality assurance, management of data systems, performance management of staff and timely management of complaints in accordance with the Council’s statements of required practice and external regulation and inspection.
  • To ensure that staff are managed and all services are delivered in accordance with Northamptonshire County Council’s Equality Policy.
  • To carry out any other duties which fall within the broad spirit, scope and purpose of this job description and which are commensurate with the grade of the post, including deputising for their line manager and representing the service as appropriate on internal and external projects and leading on those initiatives where appropriate to the role.

Requirements of the Social Work Team Manager:

  • Degree or equivalent in social work.
  • Current Social Work England registration.
  • Minimum of 5 years post qualifying experience in children’s social care, including statutory childcare.
  • Home Office letter of recognition Practice Teacher Award/Enabling Others.
  • Knowledge of childcare legislation including statutory childcare.
  • Knowledge of current research relating to the children social care generally and specifically to the relevant service area.
  • Ability to manage budgets demonstrated through a sound understanding of the principles of budget management.
  • Experience of multi-agency working, and the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships.
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety legislation.
  • Ability to organise personal and team workload.
  • ICT skills.

Contact:
This Social Work 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.