- DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL
- Children’s Social Care
- Work Location
- Occupational group
- Social Care & Health
- Salary details
- £36,153 - £39,961 plus £4,000 annual supplement (pro rata for part time)
- Job term
- Appointment type
- Full Time
- 37 per week
- Closing Date
- 06 January 2019
- Interview date
- Approximately monthly, see attached 'Assessment Centre (Interview) Calendar'
- For an informal discussion please contact
- 01392 383000 and ask for one of our Children and Families Area Managers: Naomi Pollard (North) Jenny-Ellen Scotland (Exeter); Emily Hextall (South); Kevin Kenna (Mid & East); Ashley Arkless (MASH & REACH Operations Manager)
When do we recruit?
Assessment Centre (interview) days are held frequently; approximately monthly, throughout the year. Should you be successful we'd look to get you started as soon as you're available.
Please download the Assessment Centre (Interview) Calendar (attached) to show when the centre dates are and when we would need your application by to be able to attend on your preferred date.
Opportunities may be available in the following social work teams; Children and Families, Initial Response, Permanence and Transition, Children with Disabilities and Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (Exeter) with social work teams based at the following localities; Exeter, North Devon, South Devon and Mid and East Devon. If you have a team and location preference please state this on your application form.
Devon is a great place to live and work. We are an ambitious authority and are improving our children’s services to get to good.
We are always looking for experienced, practice focused Team Managers to join us in Children and Families teams in Devon (please indicate if you have a preference to team or location on your application form).
These frontline management roles make a critical contribution to the improvements we are making, by supporting our social workers to do their very best for children and families, every day.
It’s a really great time to join us.
In Devon we have been creating the context in which practitioners can work effectively with children and families across the county to protect children and young people and improve their life chances and outcomes. We’re taking a strengths based, whole system approach.
Our MASH and early help offer is focusing on helping families to find solutions to difficulties when they first emerge and increasing their resilience through our local, community based services.
Our social work service steps in to keep children safer when its needed. We are putting in place strengths and outcome based approaches to assessment and planning together with confident risk assessment and skilled direct work with children and families. When it’s needed, we are committed to securing timely approaches to permanence outside of the family and to supporting all of our young people to make a successful transition to adulthood.
We are listening hard to both staff and the children and young people we are working with as we improve our services. We have already come a long way. Caseloads which enable practitioners to do meaningful work with families, a sharp focus on the quality of practice and improved learning, supervision and support are key pillars of our improvements to date and have led to an increasingly permanent and stable workforce. Our social workers have access to better tools and technology – from mobile phones and laptops, to risk assessment training and care planning resources.
About the role
As a Team Manager, you will have responsibility for the delivery of high quality social work services through a child’s journey, in a specific team and location– from initial response to permanence and transition. Supported by an Area Manager, you will be working closely with the Senior Social Workers, Assistant Team Managers and Senior Practitioners within your team to ensure that the right actions are taken at the right time, in the best interests of children and their families. As someone who knows what good social work looks like, with your considerable knowledge and first-hand experience as a practitioner, you will oversee all casework undertaken by the team. You’ll allocate, audit and monitor casework, as well as supervise and monitor the progress and professional development of each member of your team. One of your key priorities will be to eliminate casework drift or delay, ensuring that everyone in the team is meeting the statutory requirements in a timely manner. You’ll also promote working effectively with partners in the locality, across universal, early help and statutory services, to achieve the best possible outcomes.
You will be responsible for ensuring high quality and timely assessments lead to effective planning and interventions with the most vulnerable children and families in Devon. You will ensure our planning for looked after children enables them to be kept safe, maximises their potential, achieves permanence and leads to a successful transition to adulthood. You will work with your Team Manager colleagues in the area to ensure that every Devon child, no matter where they live, receives the same quality service.
Like us, you’ll be passionate about improving children’s life chances. As an experienced qualified social worker with an energy and enthusiasm for managing people and services, you will be able to demonstrate success in the management of complex children’s case work, people and services. Having gained some supervisory or management experience, you will be used to providing inspirational leadership and effective performance management. You already know how to enable qualified and unqualified staff to achieve their potential.
We are introducing new leadership and management standards, and embarking upon a new development programme for our Team Managers which will enhance your knowledge, skills and experience at manager level. You will be committed to reflective practice and know how to energise, motivate and challenge practitioners. You will have gained some experience of performance and budget management, and will understand how to balance the availability of resources with the best possible outcomes for children and their families. A clear communicator and attentive listener, you are quick to understand, empathise and respond appropriately to the needs of your team.
We are looking for people who are outward looking, strong in partnership working, think creatively to find effective solutions to situations as they happen and are ready to try new things.
Personal and professional rewards
In return, we will recognise and reward the vital contribution you make and just as importantly, we will support you to grow and develop with us. Right now, we have the widest range of career opportunities we’ve ever had, allowing you to map your own journey using our career progression scheme. Through individual and team supervision to support reflective practice, and effective locally-based administrative support, we aim to enable you to be the best leader, manager, mentor and role model you can be. Our leadership and management development pathway offers a structured approach to your development, and supports you to achieve the expected outcomes within the knowledge and skills framework. We are also committed to your professional development and, as part of this, expect you to complete post-qualification training as well as other forms of continuous professional development.
As a place to live and work, Devon is hard to beat. We firmly believe in a healthy work life balance and offer 21 days’ annual leave (plus 2 statutory days over the Christmas Period, and Bank Holidays) rising incrementally to 29 days, after 20 years service. We support flexible working and offer a generous pension too. Relocation support will be available to you, if you’re moving to Devon to take up the role.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
This role requires a DBS disclosure.
This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.