Social Work Team Manager - Family Safeguarding Team

Location Redhill, Surrey, England
Job type Permanent
Salary £45,734 - 54,725 per year
Contact Jenifer Watts
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Reference 117843

Sanctuary Personnel, a committed and competitive recruitment agency is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Social Work Team Manager to fill a full-time role based in Redhill, within the Family Safeguarding Team.

The salary for this permanent Team Manager job is £45,734 - £54,725 per annum.


  • Manage and develop a geographically based social work family/ adolescent safeguarding team that aims to keep as many children in need/in need of protection as possible, safely within their family
  • Develop strengths-based motivational practice and use the skills of the multi-disciplinary teams to address parental mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse
  • Deliver effective and safe family/ adolescent safeguarding services which are on time, within budget, and in accordance with statutory guidelines, policy and standards to ensure that children and young people's needs are being met and vulnerable children and young people are protected from harm
  • Manage operational effectiveness of the team, allocating and prioritising workloads and taking responsibility for ensuring all cases are safely managed
  • Ensure that social work case records, assessments, plans and documentation for all children and young people for whom the team is responsible are effectively maintained in line with practice standards and organisational policy and procedure
  • Foster good relationships with legal services and local family courts to manage efficient and effective Legal Planning Meeting, Public Law Outline and court proceedings where attempts to support children to remain within their families have not been successful
  • Promote purposeful social work practice, following the service's parenting/group work programmes, and undertake regular clinical and case work supervision that is reflective and outlines clearly the next steps to improve outcomes for children, young people and families
  • Manage effective communication of practice, service and organisational issues within the team and work collaboratively across other social work teams, services and with partners to provide high level integrated support to children and families
  • Ensure the team understands and adheres to the Quality Assurance Framework, and manage the effective use of performance processes and systems to promote effective service delivery and drive improvement
  • Ascertain the views, feelings and wishes of children, young people and their parents /carers and use to appropriately inform their care plans and development and performance of services
  • Budget responsibility if applicable
  • Responsible for resource management of team and authorisation of spend on service users
  • Provide leadership and professional support to colleagues and other professionals in situations of high complexity
  • Apply extensive knowledge of practice, theory and legislation to enhance practice, procedures and policies, promote innovation, and introduce new ways of working from recognised sites of excellence
  • Make use of sophisticated, critical reasoning and both model and facilitate reflective and evidence-informed practice
  • Assessment and Review
  • Support and encourage professional decision-making in others, to enable assessment procedures to be used discerningly in response to the presenting needs
  • Maintain and provide expertise in specialist assessment and intervention and support others to develop these skills
  • Model the effective assessment and management of risk in complex situations, across a range of situations, including positive risk taking situations
  • Safeguarding
  • Provide professional leadership on safeguarding issues in collaboration with other senior members of the team
  • Provide support to resolve concerns about practice
  • People Management
  • Manage a defined team or area providing clear organisation, direction and development
  • Provide professional support, advice and/or supervision
  • Monitor and support the performance management and development of team members using a coaching approach, to support individual development and ensure that individual contributions are maximised
  • Manage complaints where required, and verify assessments and authorise when appropriate
  • Work with others
  • Promote positive working relationships in and across teams and with partners in statutory, voluntary and third sector organisations, using strategies for collaboration and arbitration

Requirements of the Team Manager:

  • Relevant professional qualification and registration where required
  • Extensive, sophisticated and up to date working knowledge of relevant national and local policy, statutory guidance and legislation in relation to the provision of Health and Social Care services
  • Ability to promote positive working relationships in and across teams, using strategies for collaboration and arbitration
  • Ability to contribute to and provide professional leadership of organisational change and development and address performance management issues that arise
  • Ability to communicate effectively in highly charged, complex or challenging situations to a wide range of audiences for different purposes and at different levels, including public speaking
  • Ability to model and promote a culture of clear communication, supporting the development of effective communication skills in others
  • Ability to influence organisational development pro-actively using feedback from your area of responsibility
  • Ability to gather information to inform judgement for interventions in more complex situations and in response to challenge
  • Ability to routinely explain professional reasoning, judgements and decisions made and record these in a clear concise way
  • Ability to use knowledge to make complex judgements in uncertain and ambiguous situations, supporting others to do the same
  • Excellent partnership working skills with an ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with partners in statutory, voluntary and third sector organisations
  • Competent in the use of basic IT skills
  • Demonstrable experience in successful recruiting, performance managing, coaching and developing staff
  • Good problem solving and analytical skills with the capacity to devise and implement innovative solutions
  • Professional social work qualification, CQSW or Diploma in Social Work (DipSW), or other relevant qualification recognised by the HCPC
  • Registered or in process of registering with the HCPC
  • Substantial experience in assessing the needs of, and undertaking direct work with children and young people, with a track record of improving children and young people's lives in a UK statutory setting
  • Able to demonstrate understanding of the needs of children/young people in their specialist area
  • Ability to evidence skills in or willingness to develop Motivational Interviewing, partnership working and purposeful high quality supervision that has impacted on improved outcomes for children, young people and families and staff retention
  • Satisfactory DBS clearance is required
  • Willing and able to travel around the county to meet the demands of the role, to work from different sites, and work evenings and weekends if required in line with service needs


This Team Manager 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.