More about the role:
In Family Support we put our children first in everything we do. We work as one team close to our communities and partners to make a difference in children’s lives, help keep them safe and inspire them to achieve. We’re striving to be excellent corporate parents to children in care and care leavers and your passion, enthusiasm and expertise will shine through as you will manage 5 Social Workers.
The Family Support Team is an innovative way of strengthening local safeguarding practice to enable local safeguarding partners to share information and work together. We work closely with a wide range of professionals from other statutory agencies, voluntary services, family members, members of the public and children and young people themselves.
You will have experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment. You should have experience of managing a statutory child protection team and be confident and competent at making decisions to safeguard and protect children;
- You will be able to take a key role in planning, developing and improving services; You will be empathetic and sensitive to the needs of those reporting to you
- You will know how to measure and monitor practice and performance to ensure individuals and the service as a whole operates to a consistently good standard; You will be diplomatic, fair and robust enough to deal with complaints and challenges
- You will be an influential negotiator when dealing with potential and actual conflict; 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
The Family Support Team Manager is key in ensuring that the children who are in care proceedings are safeguarded and the best plan for their permanency is presented in courts and ensure their permanency is planned in a timely way. This role requires excellent court work skills, management and leadership skills and ability to work effectively in partnership with families, judiciary and other professionals. You will have significant experience in working in statutory services, safeguarding services and regulated services.
The position holder will report directly to the Practice Manager and will be making day to day safeguarding decisions, HR actions and any other tasks as required. As part of this role you will have regular and “at point of need” supervision and support from both the Practice Manager and Head of Service. You will work with a dynamic and motivated management team who are passionate about our children being the best versions of themselves and about supporting and promoting the professional development of our colleagues. The team is based in Biggleswade however, flexible working is supported and encouraged.
Join our team, and you’ll have every opportunity to develop your expertise as you are encouraged and supported to undertake post-qualifying training and leadership training. We’re focused on investing in colleagues to help them develop.
Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.
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For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Claire Collins at Claire.Collins@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or call 0300 300 6369.
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Safeguarding (For DBS posts only):
Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.
Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.
To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline. If you do not have a CV to hand, please look on our website for a CV template that you can use to create your CV to apply for this role. http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/jobs/work-here/application.aspx