Social Work Team Manager - Looked After Children Team

Location Welling
Job type Permanent
Salary £60k per year
Reference 168212

Sanctuary Personnel, a leading and award winning recruitment agency is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Social Work Team Manager to fill a full-time role based in Welling, within the Looked After Children Team.

The salary for this permanent Team Manager job is £60,000 per annum.


  • Be responsible for supervising, leading, and supporting a team of social work practitioners and support staff within a statutory child protection service area (ie: child in need, child protection, children looked after)
  • Work in a demanding working environment dealing with a variety of complex, risky, and diverse issues when supporting and safeguarding the many children and young people we work with
  • Be responsible for risk management and decision making within the team
  • Be responsible for maintaining a staff complement congruent with the workload of the team, as well as assisting with recruitment, retention, and supporting the ongoing learning and development of those within the team
  • Contribute to the strategic oversight and development of the service
  • Making contributions and giving feedback in management meetings on performance as well as promoting and implementing any agreed service or strategic improvement plans
  • Keep apprised of the changing contexts, research, practice theories and statutory procedures that govern child protection work at the local and national level and to implement these within the team
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of local policies and service improvement strategies and support their implementation within the team and service
  • Provide specialist social work and child protection knowledge and advice to the team, service, and other multi-agency professionals that helps them better understand the diverse experiences the children and young people have that we work with and support
  • Liaise, network, influence, and coordinate with other multi-agency partners to provide the best level of multi-disciplinary support to the children and families we work with
  • Represent the local authority in a professional and competent matter, especially when making representations at court, with families, or with other agencies
  • Work within the Council’s policies, procedures, values, and code of conduct at all times and to help ensure others within the team are aware of and follow these expectations
  • Ensure that timely response and action is carried out by the team to any contacts, referrals, allocations, complaints, information requests, child protection enquiries, court directives received, and plans for children

Requirements of the Team Manager:

  • Possess a relevant social work degree qualification (ie: DipSW or CQSW or degree in social work)
  • Are registered with the professional regulator for social work (Social Work England)
  • Have extensive knowledge and experience with professional standards for social work as well as the laws, statutory guidance, and local policies and procedures and to ensure these are being modelled and adhered to within the team
  • Have previous training and/or experience working with a solution focused approach
  • Recognise both areas of strength and safety, as well as worries and danger which will then help inform the next steps in a child’s safety and support plan
  • Have a good breadth of experience working with children and young people and supervising other members of staff
  • Have a proficient ability to communicate in English and be able to influence others in an effort to help coordinate services and supports in the best way possible to keep children as safe and well cared for as possible
  • Have experience and need to lead on making decisions about legal planning meetings and supporting practitioners with the court process, especially where care proceedings are necessary
  • Have experience with, or a willingness to be trained and learn, the Signs of Safety practice model and support this approach in all aspects of the work carried out by the team
  • Have previous management or supervisory responsibilities of other practitioners working with children and families
  • Be available after hours as necessary to support workers who may be dealing with crisis and casework responsibilities to safeguard children
  • Knowledgeable about managing social workers and others within single or multi-professional teams
  • Demonstrate competent experience and capabilities in the following areas: Promote and Govern Excellent Practice Ensure that the safety, welfare and best interest of the child is central to the work undertaken by the team and its members
  • A working familiarity with relevant laws, statutory guidance, local safeguarding procedures, or internal policies and procedures that govern the work that we do with children and families
  • A demonstrated ability to seek out advice and guidance on where to find the relevant procedures
  • Possess an advanced social work or management qualification
  • Have a good understanding of and ability to use IT systems, such as case recording systems (ie: Liquid Logic), word processing (ie: Microsoft Word), Email and Calendars (ie: Microsoft Outlook), Internet search engines (ie: Google or Bing), computers, mobile phones, and secure remote working systems (ie: Wifi, Citrix or Cisco VPN systems).


This Team Manager job is advertised by Zehnn Young; 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.