This is an exciting opportunity if you are keen to progress your career within the field of Adult Safeguarding.
Devon County Council is investing in its social care workforce to ensure that the people of Devon can access appropriate community assets and resources.
Be part of our ongoing commitment to excellent delivery and integrated care.
This post is suitable for an experienced and qualified Registrant with Social Work England (Social Work), the Health and Care Professions Council (Occupational Therapy), or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (Nursing).
It will suit someone who has experience of a previous management role or an ambitious and experienced practitioner who would like the opportunity to gain managerial experience in a supportive and busy setting.
In this role you will be working alongside a fellow team manager in leading a small, experienced team of Social Workers and Social Care Assessors based at the Safeguarding Hub in Exeter, covering the Eastern Devon area.
You will be managing practice and risk including overseeing workflow, providing expert advice and ensuring timely and effective triage of concerns where an adult may be at risk of harm or neglect, including those relating to allegations of whole service or organisational abuse.
Another key aspect of the role will be to chair whole service, and complex individual, s.42 enquiries.
You will be working closely in partnership with a range of stakeholders, including commissioners and providers, to support the protection of adults at risk of abuse or neglect, and to deliver a service to the public that meets required quality standards, and which optimises the opportunity for people to lead and manage their own support.
You will oversee work in line with national policy where cases present such issues as county-line gang violence, modern slavery and the prevent agenda. As manager with the Safeguarding Hub you will play a key part in identifying improvements to adult safeguarding practice and systems, so that as lead agency we continue to deliver an effective safeguarding response across our local communities.
The context for the role includes:
• A strong focus on offering a personalised and person-centred approach to assessment, support planning, safeguarding and review
• High standards of team performance which compare well with our peers
• The role of frontline manager is critical in terms of ensuring effective workflow and a skilled and productive workforce
• The role of frontline manager is also critical in ensuring that teams apply policy and guidance accurately and fairly, that practice is of a high standard and effectively manages risk, and that correct processes are followed to ensure a timely response and effective financial management.
The role is predominately office-based though some travel within the community may be expected. This would be to support complex individual or whole service investigations, and to work with community teams and partner agencies in relation to adult safeguarding.
As a Team Manager you will provide:
• Excellent leadership skills to ensure the delivery of Social Care outcomes through the provision of effective line management, comprehensive supervision and casework monitoring
• Effective communication skills as you work in partnership with statutory and voluntary sector organisations
• Commitment to involving service users and carers in the delivery of a high quality and equitable service
• You will need to demonstrate that you possess these core competences to underpin achieving excellent practice and performance.
You will have excellent knowledge of health and social care, and be registered with Social Work England as a Social Worker or the Health and Care Professions Council as an Occupational Therapist or the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Nurse, holding the required qualification and having completed the requirements of post-qualifying learning (for example the assessed and supported year in employment or preceptorship).
You will evidence your experience gained from your previous professional roles and their relevance to this post. Significant post qualifying experience of Social Work, Occupational Therapy or Nursing is required, across different roles or working in different teams.
What We Can Offer to You
We will support you to be the best manager you can be. We provide induction into the new role; a development programme tailored to your individual needs; and effective supervision to support your performance and development.
You will also have the benefit of working alongside colleagues across the health and care system as we seek to further embed and develop integrated services.
We are keen to retain our most talented staff. While we will be encouraging you to progress and develop, we will also encourage you to achieve a healthy work-life balance in this fantastic part of the country. Amongst other things, we offer 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) rising to 30 days after 5 years, flexible working and a generous pension. If you need to move to Devon in order to take up the role, relocation support will be available.
If you would like to discuss this opportunity further please contact Chris Alford, Centre Manager, on email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01392 380000.
A visit to the team is available by arrangement, if you would like to learn more about the service/role.
Please note Devon County Council is not currently offering VISA sponsorship for this role. We will only consider applicants with valid Right to Work in the UK.