Part Time Team Manager - Fostering - 12 month FTC

England, Essex, Basildon
£47405.0 - £58727.0 per annum + + Free Parking & Great Benefits
27 Oct 2020
06 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Part Time
Please note that this position is being offered as a secondment opportunity / fixed term contract opportunity with a duration of 12 months, starting Mid December 2020 and is part time, 18.5 hours per week (working pattern to include Thursday's and at least half a day on a Friday with the rest of the hours being worked to suit the candidate).

The role is part time and as such the salary is pro rata of the figures shown.

The Role

The Team Manager is responsible for managing a team and works alongside the Service Manager to provide leadership of the service, contributing to the development of policy and strategy, ensuring the team and wider service is effective, adapts responsively to change and delivers good outcomes for children, young people and families.

Job Purpose Summary

To provide leadership and to manage a team of qualified social workers and alternatively qualified staff, in order to ensure a high quality professional social work service delivering positive outcomes. The postholder is responsible for managing performance, quality assurance, resources and budgets in collaboration with the Service Manager. They will contribute and support the development of practice, procedures and policy and specifically the professional development of the team they lead; being accountable for the practice of social workers within the team ensuring effective professional and practice supervision, as well as ensuring performance appraisals, take place. They support mentoring and coaching to enhance the quality of practice.

Role Specific Accountabilities

* Lead, motivate, nurture and manage a team (social workers and others), ensuring the service provided is effective, and delivering positive outcomes. Managing performance and quality assurance, resources and budgets, in collaboration with others and key stakeholders
* Agree interventions of direct work for team members working with children, young people, families and their foster carers and families
* To provide expert practice advice and guidance in relation to all work allocated within the team, including the most complex cases. Maintain expert professional knowledge of all relevant legislation. * Comply with legislative and organisational standards and manage effectively so that performance targets and service objectives are met.
* To work proactively and collaboratively with other professionals and partner agencies, acting as the lead professional in collaborative work in situations where a social work perspective is needed to inform or drive decision-making
* Maintain a legally based, human rights perspective when interventions are made in the lives of individuals, families and communities experiencing complex social and family problems
* Contribute and support the development of practice, procedures and policy and specifically the professional development of the team they lead.
* Accountable for the practice of social workers within the team and provide or monitor effective and professional practice supervision, as well as completing performance appraisals. Using tools available address all areas of under-performance. Support mentoring and coaching to enhance the quality of practice and the continuous professional development of team members.
* Undertake effective recruitment and resourcing of the team, including supporting student placements and NQSW and induction.
* Maintain an awareness of all local service provision and contribute to the development of new services as necessary
* Responds to complaints, compliments and other feedback from service users in accordance with policy and in a way that fosters positive relationships as far as possible and in the best interests of the child.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

* Degree in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent
* Registration with Social Work England as Registered Social Worker
* Previous Experience of:
o Delivery of services in Children's Social Care
o People Management
o Resource planning and management
o Quality assurance and customer care
o Achieving person centred outcomes
o Work with complex statistical, financial and performance information
o Policy development and change management
* Experience of working in a political environment, skills in understanding and responding to different perspectives and taking a cross organisational perspective
* Required to be mobile throughout Essex. To be able to attend meetings or provide cover in other locations. Driving licence and car or access to other effective transport arrangements is essential.
* Required to work flexibly as required, including evenings and weekends if necessary.