£44,838 per annum for 36 hours per week based at Guildford Borough Council Offices, Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BB.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.
About the role
Do you feel passionate about keeping our children and young people safe?
Are you able to inspire and lead a team to deliver great services?
If so we could have the right opportunity for you…..
At Surrey our Children's Services are on a rapid change journey with new management, innovative approaches and considerable energy. Our teams across Surrey are developing into a strong service with a stable workforce. We are determined that children, young people and their families will be at the centre of all we do and are changing our model of work to one which supports excellent children's services, with Family Resilience - early help and prevention, at the heart of our journey. Family Safeguarding, an innovative and highly effective approach, developed in Hertfordshire will be central to our new model, to find out more please click on the link below.
The Early Help Hub (EHH) sits at the heart of our operational frontline services, our 'frontdoor' directing, monitoring and coordinating requests for support across our four quadrants, to ensure family's needs are met by appropriate resources provided by Surrey County Council, our partners and the voluntary and community sector. The hub will essentially triage the requests for support that are received, and direct them accordingly, acting as the pathway for a wide range of services including youth support, family group conference and early help services. Our most recent Ofsted monitoring visit in June 2019 confirmed that we are making progress and that the Early Help hub is a professionally curious, supportive and committed team.
As the Team Manager for the EHH you will be committed to helping your service manager to ensure the service your team provides is forward thinking, responsive and meets the diverse needs of our service users. You will do this by contributing to service strategies, policy and procedures as required, working closely with internal and external partners to ensure that children and their families receive the right support at the right time.
You will be responsible for managing, motivating and developing your team, which will consist of a mixture of both qualified and unqualified practitioners. Your professional leadership and support will help them deliver safe practice and effectively manage their workloads to agreed standards and timeframes. Your team will be committed to ensuring their practice and advice is consistently of a high standard, and they will look to you for expert guidance and supervision where complex cases and decisions are presented.
You will be a skilled communicator with the ability to build purposeful working relationships, ensuring that there is close working and cooperation between the EHH, MAP and internal teams so that our children get the right help from the right service at the right time. You will work closely with our partners, supporting police decision making about children who are referred to us via the 'request for support' form. Your skills and experience will allow you to successfully coordinate the work and rota of the team, including early help professionals, advising and supporting them.
Part of your portfolio of work will also include directing, monitoring and coordinating the use of Family Group Conferencing (FGC) across Surrey, ensuring that FGC responds effectively according to service needs, including developing the use of FGC in an Early Help context. You will also take the lead of the Family Information Service ensuring that families and partners are able to locate support services, you will also be responsible for leading and developing a team of new appointed community connectors. This is an exciting time to be part of Surrey.
To be shortlisted for this role you will be able to evidence:
- A broad working knowledge of social work practice and legislation, including safeguarding and other specific to the team/s
- High level verbal and written skills
- Experience of building and maintaining successful working relationships
- A commitment to working in partnership to support our children, young people and families
- Previous experience of working directly with children and young people within a statutory setting
- Relevant Social Work qualification, or equivalent and HCPC registration
Whilst you may not have managed a team before any previous experience of managing, leading or supervising a team would be beneficial.
We can offer you a great opportunity to develop within a supportive team, who are both enthusiastic and committed to providing quality service for young people and their carer's. Coe and join us to help us on our journey and contribute to the great work already being done- we'd love to hear from you!
For more information regarding our Ofsted Monitoring, please see:
For an informal discussion contact Nick Crippa on 07800622089 or by e-mail at Nicholas.Crippa@surreycc.gov.uk
We look forward to receiving your application.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 20th September 2019.
Interviews dates are to be confirmed.