About the role
A message from Jacquie Burke, Director for Family Resilience and Safeguarding
“We want children to stay with their families as much as they possibly can. Our commitment to early support and prevention - using our Family Safeguarding model - leads to lower caseloads. This allows Social Workers and Managers to do higher quality work, build close relationships with families, and give children the vital support they need.”
Do you want to be part of a team of social workers and practitioners who will:
- Improve the lives of the children and young people living in Surrey
- Empower children and young people to have voice
- Care about children and young people, their wellbeing and their future?
If so, read on!
We believe that Surrey is one place in the country where professionals can make the biggest difference to children's lives. We have taken huge strides towards delivering outstanding children's services and we are looking for committed and passionate workers who are interested in the challenges of working in a busy, professional environment.
Children are at the heart of everything we do and over the last year we have been building a new approach to help support the children of Surrey.
We are looking for Team Managers, to join our Multi-agency Partnership Hub (MAP), which is based within our Children’s Single Point of Access. The MAP is a multi-agency team, consisting of Social Workers, Education Advisors, Police and 0-19 Public Health Nurses all co-located in Guildford. Together you will work in partnership to deliver the right help at the right time for our children, young people and families. The MAP is responsible for researching and analysing information about a child to understand the appropriate level of support required.
In this role, you will be a key member of our Children-Single Point of Access and provide advice, guidance to referrers and partner agencies and manage the intake of our Requests for Support. You will explore whether threshold for services is met as defined in our Effective Family Resilience Threshold Guidance, or whether other available Preventative Services are more appropriate.
You will communicate effectively as part of a multi-agency team in matters where children may be in need or at risk of significant harm.
You will undertake enquiries within 4/8 hours in order to produce an effective analysis of needs and to evidence presenting risk factors and strengths. You will also contribute to the continued development of the Service through available opportunities and take responsibility for continued professional development.
As the Team Manager for the MAP 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.
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, written and communication 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 Social Work England registration
- Experience in running busy duty systems would be beneficial
The team is supported by strong management, regular supervision and a culture of learning and development; with opportunities to access a range of training activities.
Our Social Workers have a bespoke learning programme developed by the Surrey Children’s Service Academy. You will have Continuous Professional Development and are supported to become Practice Educators with a clear Professional Development Pathway.
The Council has also invested in training staff in the Family Safeguarding model, Motivational Interviewing as well as investing in support to develop systems thinking in practice in Surrey. Your development will be supported by regular supervision and appraisal as well as a range of coaching, e-learning and other reflection and learning opportunities.
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. Come 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!
Please find our Effective Family Resilience Threshold Level of Needs document here.
For more information regarding our Ofsted Monitoring please see here.
For more information, please find the full Job Description attached.
For an informal discussion contact Juliana Tomegea by e-mail at Juliana.firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to receiving your application.
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 26 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.
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