Team Manager Looked After Children

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Children & Families
Child Protection & Family Support
Children Services
Team Manager
Huddersfield and surrounding areas
Maternity Cover
Grade 14

£43,857 - £45,859

Market Rate Supplement of £4,500 per annum for 37 hours (reviewed annually)

This job is temporary to cover a maternity

We’re Kirklees – Come and Join our team

We’re on an ambitious journey and looking for passionate and committed social work professionals to join our teams which are already transforming our children and young people services.

Our last Ofsted inspection highlighted our progress stating

“progress has been achieved through increased corporate commitment and investment in services, clear and focused leadership, strengthening of partnerships for example the duty and advice team, and improved workforce stability and engagement.

Children who need help and protection are now recognised, and risk of significant harm is quickly responded to.”

We are not complacent and continue our hard work on our improvement plan to ensure that we offer the best service to children and families in Kirklees.

Our progress so far is clear:

We are looking for an exceptional Team Manager with a proven track record in managing both practitioners and case related performance. You will have a strong understanding of what best practice looks like and be passionate about inspiring and improving children’s lives, as well as the continuous professional development of social work practitioners.  A creative and flexible approach to work and the drive and motivation to work with families whose needs are complex is key.  Good people skills are a must.

Our Children in Care and Care Leavers Service is made up of 8 teams. Five Team Mangers are responsible for all Children in Care who have a plan for permanency via long term foster care, including friends and family care, residential care and placed at home on care orders.   One Team Manager works with children with a plan for Special Guardian Ship Orders, two Team Managers work with Care Leavers. The advertised post holder will be managing one of the teams working with Children in Care.

Working strategically as part of a wider management team to design and implement service changes and improvement, you will have opportunities to help shape the service to ensure children are protected; you will be accountable for the development and delivery of a complex range of key services in line with policy, best practice, professional standards and legislation, ensuring children and young people are always at the centre of social work practice and work undertaken by Personal Advisors.

As a manager you will provide supervision and opportunities for reflection and analysis, as well as being responsible for the allocation of casework and actively managing caseloads so that our practitioners are able to do the quality child centred work that they want to.

Your team will be working with children in care to ensure they are safe and achieve permanence for them which meets their needs, is in their best interest and also in line with their wishes and feelings.   The team will also work closely with colleagues from Leaving Care to ensure transition planning is in place for all our young people at a crucial time in there life’s and ensure that young people do not leave care until they are ready.

Our Offer to You

We are pioneering a Restorative Practice approach to social work which involves innovation and locality working with high quality relationships at the heart of our approach. We will ensure that you have high-quality professional development and receive high standards of induction, supervision and management.

We have a bespoke learning and development offer at all levels of social work allowing you access to professional development opportunities enabling you to develop and progress your career. Our well-established career structure also supports us to develop our own managers and leaders.

You must hold a recognised Social Work Qualification and be registered with Social Work England.

For more information or to have an informal discussion please call 01484 221000 and ask for Rahila Habib, Service Manager.

27 September 2020, 11:55 PM

This job is subject to an enhanced DBS check.  A conviction may not exclude candidates from appointment but will be considered as part of the recruitment process.
To apply for this job as a secondment you must be a substantive employee of the Council with over 6 months continuous service and have successfully completed your probation period.  

Applications for secondments will only be accepted if approved by your manager, you will be asked to confirm on your application form that you have the relevant permission.  

If you are refused permission to apply for a secondment please contact HR Recruitment to register the refusal.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This vacancy is closed to applications.