Social Work Team Manager - Looked After Children

Location Walton on Thames
Job type Permanent
Salary £57,735 per year
Contact Jenifer Watts
Call Jenifer
Reference 162825

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

The salary for this permanent Social Work Team Manager role is £57,735 per annum.

Main Duties:

  • Manage and develop a geographically based team providing social care services for looked after children (LAC) that enables them to achieve a strong identity, good health and achieve their maximum potential. Develop strength-based motivational practice so social workers and practitioners can build effective supportive relationships with children and young people and their families.
  • Work collaboratively with partners to deliver effective and safe LAC 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.
  • Drive an approach within the team that encourages children and young people to maintain positive contact with siblings and family members and supports a return to live with appropriate family members wherever this is compatible with their welfare and needs.
  • Work closely with colleagues in fostering and adoption to achieve early permanence for children in permanent stable families wherever possible.
  • Manage operational effectiveness of the team, allocating and prioritising workloads and taking responsibility for ensuring all cases are safely managed. In exceptional circumstances manage a case directly to ensure safe resolution.
  • 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.
  • 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 clearly outlines 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.
  • Team Managers deputise for the Service Manager in ensuring operational effectiveness and consistency of service delivery across teams. They support the Service Manager in developing a culture in which children and families are worked with respectfully, with a recognition of their diverse experiences and backgrounds and in a spirit of partnership that encourages families to develop their own solutions and to receive the help and support they need to address their complex issues.

Requirements of the Social Work Team Manager:

  • Degree or equivalent in social work.
  • Current Social Work England registration.
  • Recent post-qualifying experience within frontline social work.
  • 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.
  • 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 Social Work Team Manager job is advertised by Jenifer Watts; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now.

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