Assistant Team Managers needed - Single Point of Contact (SPOC)
In Croydon our Children's Services are on a high-spirited change journey, with new management, innovative approaches and considerable pace.
We are committed to delivering excellent social work practice and services to our children and families. We have made a great start, and are now looking for Assistant Team Managers (ATM) for our Single Point of Contact (SPOC) team.
The SPOC team is Croydon’s ‘front door’, receiving all new referrals for children where there are safeguarding concerns or where the child may need additional support, including Early Help services. Working alongside both co-located and virtual multi-agency partners, and working in partnership with parents and carers.
The team has purposeful conversations with referrers to ensure the child or young person has the right support from the right agency. Our goal is to make the right decisions, at the right time and so help set a positive journey for all children.
The SPOC team is a fast paced team where important decisions are being made each day on children’s needs and safety.
To help achieve this, we want to recruit permanent ATM’s who are experienced and passionate about working towards achieving positive change for children and families.
We are therefore looking for candidates who have ability to:
- Work individually and manage a team of social workers towards making safe and robust decisions under pressure and strict deadlines
- Be flexible and deal with changing needs or requests at short notice
- Work within a relationship and strength-based practice framework
- Work positively, constructively but with clear focus and direction with a team of social workers, multi-agency partners and other internal teams to identify need, risk and strengths and make appropriate decisions and plans for the child(ren).
- Work autonomously in a professionally responsible and accountable manner but also able to work collaboratively as part of a wider management team
- Lead, direct and motivate a team of social workers
- Deliver high quality supervision and support social workers to continually develop their skills and practice
- Help contribute to team and service development
- Be enthusiastic and committed to individual development
Successful candidates will work under the supervision of the SPOC Team manager.
As a Council, we are also committed to providing you with on-going training and development.
This is a full-time, permanent position, open to candidates with both existing managerial experience and advanced or senior social workers looking to move into a management role. Prior MASH experience is useful but not essential if candidates are able to demonstrate you have the requisite experience and skills to deliver skills and functions of the role as outlined above and in the Job Description. It is a pre-requisite that you possess experience in a statutory children’s social care setting and have an excellent working knowledge and understanding of legislative framework, relevant research and national developments, and policies relating to children’s social care.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone keen to broaden and develop their skill set; become part of a team committed to improving outcomes for children and families in Croydon; and join in Croydon’s journey of change.
With a salary up to £47,511 and a welcome and recruitment package of £6,500 (paid within 20 months). We can offer a development & learning programme to support your management and leadership skills which include an Aspiring Leader Programme for children’s social workers, Black & Minority Ethnic Aspiring Managers and systemic supervision training for all managers and senior leaders in addition to a 5 day protected induction programme.
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact: Jonathan Lung (Service Manager, SPOC) on 07742 405360 or Jonathan.Lung@croydon.gov.uk
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Croydon Council is an inclusive employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We will be pleased to consider applications from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements.
As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role.
Croydon council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. The Successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.