At Northumberland County Council we are proud of our employees, who are passionate and committed to improving outcomes for our children and young people, ensuring that they feel safe, healthy, happy and ready to learn and achieve.
We place children and young people at the heart of all we do and aim to provide a quality service to ensure that children in care get the best possible outcomes. Children thrive in stable and loving families. Sometimes birth parents are unable to care for their children themselves. Getting the best possible care for these children is one of our most important corporate parent responsibilities.
For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/working
An opportunity has risen for a full time Kinship, Assessment & Support (KAST) Team Manager to join our committed staff team in the Residential & Family Placement Service. You will be enthusiastic, creative, passionate and motivated to achieve positive outcomes for the children and young people that need a service from our KAST team.
As the KAST Team Manager you will be responsible for leading a committed and motivated staff team. You will be working collaboratively with colleagues across Children’s Services and with partners to deliver high-quality and responsive social work to kinship/connected carers and special guardians. Your team will lead on assessing connected carers and special guardians during care proceedings and continue to develop the core offer of support to them.
You will have good management skills and experience that reflect your ability to lead, develop and support a team of social workers. You will have experience of working within a safeguarding setting and have the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with colleagues from both within the agency and externally. You will be part of the Residential & Family Placement Service management team and contribute to the future development of the service and work collaboratively to improve performance that will impact on improving the outcome for children and families that we work with.
We are offering:
A competitive salary of £49,249 - £52,686 (dependent on grade and experience) with a wide range of additional benefits
Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (or other pension scheme)
A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision
A supportive environment
Career progression opportunities
A generous remuneration package
Induction, support and mentoring from day one in post
Flexible working arrangements
You will have excellent communication skills and be able to convey complex messages in a straightforward way, both verbally and in writing.
You will not be afraid to think creatively to solve problems.
You will be empathetic and sensitive to the needs of children, young people and families.
You will always want to hear the young person's voice and ensure that this is taken into account.
You will be passionate about maximising a child’s life chances to improve their overall outcomes
You will understand the importance of performance information and your contribution to maintaining high standards.
You will have experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment
You will be able to contribute to the development of the service.
You will have a sound knowledge base of the Knowledge and Skills Statement for Child and Family Social Work and the application of Professional Capabilities Framework which will be embedded within all elements of your practice.
You must hold a relevant Social Work qualification such as the Social Work Degree, DipSW, CQSW or CSS and be registered with Social Work England.
For further information, please contact Liz Spaven – Senior Manager on 01670 626262.
We apply please click the Apply Now link below.