Team Manager - Future First Leaving Care Team

Location Wandsworth
Job type Permanent
Salary £43,833 - 53,115 per year
Contact Neil Clements
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Reference HQ00119334

Sanctuary Personnel, a leading recruitment company within the private and public sector has a locum role for a Social Work Team Manager to work full-time based in the Future First Leaving Care Team.

The salary for this permanent Team Manager job is £43,833 - £53,115 per annum.

Duties:

  • Ensure that all children remain safe and have improved outcomes as a result of the provision of high-quality social work
  • Make a major contribution to the delivery of our vision and strategic priorities, by managing the delivery and performance of high-quality social work provision to children and their families across the Team
  • Manage a team of staff, including recruitment/retention, induction, training and development, performance management, disciplinary/capability, and succession planning
  • Manage the delivery and performance of the Team; to ensure that all casework is assessed, prioritised and actioned appropriately; to ensure that all young people and their families receive a suitable response that meets their assessed needs
  • Manage the allocation of workload across the team to agreed service priorities; actively monitor, review, and authorise case records and plans; addressing any workload management, performance, and/or quality issues as they arise
  • Chair reviews, planning meetings, strategy discussions and other professional/network meetings
  • Lead the investigation and response to complaints from service users/relatives/carers
  • Where required to control, as purchaser, the budget allocated to the team ensuring that financial resources are deployed to maximum effect within Council policy and Departmental procedures and guidelines, and ensuring that the budgets are not overspent
  • Where appropriate through the Team Administrator provide team members and appropriate managers with regular and up-to-date information on the state of the budget
  • Where appropriate to take responsibility for authorisation of expenditure at the delegated level
  • Develop and maintain effective internal and external working relationships and professional networks; ensure a positive working relationship within the team, promoting strategies for collaboration and a supportive team culture
  • Provide high quality reflective professional supervision and appraisal to direct reports which result in consistently high standards of casework across the Team, and assure the quality and effectiveness of supervision provided to staff within the Team by other staff (i.e. Assistant Team Managers)
  • Assure the quality, effectiveness and appropriateness of social work provided by the team; ensuring that all social work intervention is conducted in accordance with legislative requirements, the Department’s Practice Standards, all relevant policies and procedures and agreed on performance targets
  • Undertake a range of quality assurance activity, including peer auditing, auditing of casework across the service in line with the Children’s Services Quality Assurance Framework
  • Use performance data to identify where the team or individual performance is excellent and can be shared with other staff and where performance can be improved; to develop and deliver SMART action plans to address performance issues and ensure high standards of practice across the Team
  • Anticipate and positively manage change in the social work environment drawing on practice information, data and analysis; ensure that the team is aware of changing trends and national policy that impact service users
  • Keep knowledge up to date of changing contexts at the local and national level, and take account of these in social work practice; modelling the social work role and contributing to the public face of the organisation
  • Adhere to security controls and requirements as mandated by the SSA’s policies, procedures and local risk assessments to maintain confidentiality, integrity, availability and legal compliance of information and systems
  • May be required to attend meetings such as working groups and Partnerships outside of the normal working day

Requirements of the Team Manager:

  • A recognised and relevant professional social work qualification (Degree/Diploma in Social Work)
  • Registered on Social Work England
  • HCPC registration
  • Management knowledge and experience in a relevant children/families social work field
  • Systematic working knowledge and understanding of Children Act 1989 and 2004; including awareness of current national policy drivers, legislation, affecting children’s social care
  • Up to date knowledge of current legislation, eg Working Together 2015, Health and Social Care Act 2012, Munroe and new evidence-based research
  • Highly developed knowledge of theory and practice of assessment, planning and intervention; substantial knowledge of relevant legislation and its application; acquired through professional qualification in social work plus considerable experience in relevant field
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the needs of children and young people; the ability to work with children and their parents/carers and to involve them in decision making
  • Experience in managing a team/service with a complex caseload, developing effective work allocation and casework prioritisation systems; deploying resources flexibly to respond to service pressures
  • Experience in effective performance management (people and organisational); identifying development needs; addressing skills and knowledge gaps; disseminating good practice, and managing poor performance

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