Service Leader - Through Care Team, Civic Offices, Portsmouth
Salary: Band 13, £52,582 - £59,106 p.a.
Hours: Full time 37 hours per week
Closing time/date: 5.00pm, 20 October 2020.
At Portsmouth City Council we're all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.
Our Children and Families Services is looking for a skilled and experienced social work professional to join us as Service Leader for our Through Care Team 2, working to support our unaccompanied minors and Care Leavers.
Portsmouth's safeguarding and looked after children services are currently rated 'Good' by Ofsted. We benefit from a stable workforce who are passionate about working with children and families and have excellent professional relationships with children and families. We are developing our model of practice around restorative principles and relational practice and delivering innovative work around exploitation, trauma, behaviour change and family-based practice alongside our colleagues in Adults Services. We have a number of multi-disciplinary teams and partnership working is a real strength in the city as evidenced in our recent JTAI inspection report.
The Children & Families Service provide social work/care support and intervention with children, young people and their parents/carers. This includes Children in Need of Support, Protection and Care, including Care Leavers, Children with Disabilities and Young People who offend and/or are at risk of exploitation. The service also provides a range of placement options for children who are in the care of the local authority including foster care and residential care, adoption and other care arrangements with Special Guardians and Connect Persons.
Your new role
You will be a part of our Looked After Child Service and will manage a service of Team Leaders, social workers and personal advisors working with Looked After Children and Care Leavers and will be responsible for ensuring all team requirements are met. This will include; workforce development, performance management, compliance with statutory guidance and local policies and procedures, quality improvements and budget management.
You will ensure all statutory requirements are met in the delivery of social work services to children and that these are delivered to an exceptionally high standard. The Service Leader will have overall responsibility for casework and will supervise team leaders and assist with complex decision making processes about social work intervention.
Working with a range of partner agencies including Health, Education, Police, Housing and Community/ Voluntary Services, you will co-ordinate, plan, commission and deliver services to vulnerable children and young people in Portsmouth to meet the statutory requirements as defined in the Children Act 1989 and Children Act 2004.
What you'll need to succeed
An experienced social work manager who understands the value of social work intervention with vulnerable children, young people and their families. We are seeking inspirational, committed and motivated individual who is ready to shape the changing face of social work today raising professional standards by delivering and developing an outstanding service.
You will have a recognised professional qualification in social work, excellent organisational and communication skills, and take pride in everything you do. You will be curious and creative and above all have a 'can do' attitude. You will be able to work as part of a team and ensure that front-line practice contributes to strategic priorities.
What you'll get in return
As well as highly competitive pay you'll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.