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Group Manager - Children's Social Work Teams

  • Employer: Medway Council
  • Reference: CSC088RJ
  • Published: Wed 07/10/2020, 13:20 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 23/10/2020, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Up to £52,159 per annum + market premia and retention allowance
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Broadside, Leviathan Way, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4LL , Kent

Medway has taken positive steps on our improvement journey by remodelling and realigning services across Children’s Social Care that enable us to meet our key priorities and ensure we better meet the needs of vulnerable children in Medway.

To manage the transformation a significant investment has been made in the workforce including training and development, with a clear practice framework of ‘Signs of Safety’, career progression and physical working conditions.  Target caseloads have been designed to ensure that the service as a whole is resilient and that a sustainable workforce can be achieved, enabling Medway to work towards an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’.  

As Group Manager you will have overall operational management responsibility for four teams within the Children’s Social Work team, with a specific focus on children in need, those in need of protection and their families and those who receive support under the Public Law Outline framework.  You will work alongside social work colleagues to develop and continuously improve the delivery of a high quality effective social work service that delivers good outcomes for children, young people and their families.

As a qualified and registered social worker, with a proven track record in managing teams, you will have excellent leadership skills and a proven record of successfully improving services. You will also be able to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and experience of working with children in a statutory setting and ideally have experience of working with ‘Signs of Safety’ or a similar strengths and relationships based practice framework.

In addition to the annual salary, we are proud to offer an excellent benefits package including - 

  • Market Premia Payment of £7,000 per annum (paid in 12 equal monthly instalments)
  • Retention Payment of £3,000 per annum (paid annually in April each year after completing 1 years' service)
  • Career progression scheme to support your pathway of professional development
  • Generous annual leave entitlement – minimum 27 days increasing to 30 after five years service
  • Essential User Allowance with option to transfer to Lease Car after 6 months
  • Relocation package of up to £8,000
  • Agile working arrangements
  • Excellent local government pension scheme
  • Free car parking
  • Access to a Surface Pro and mobile phone, to support flexible working
  • Access to Care First, our confidential information, advice and counselling service
  • Bicycle and Rail Season Ticket Loan scheme

For an informal discussion please contact Ingrid Crisan, Head of Service for Children’s Social Work Team on 01634 331505 or email cscrecruitment@medway.gov.uk

This post is subject to an enhanced Children’s DBS check.

Interviews will be held on 30 October (alternative interview dates will not be available) 

Previous unsuccessful candidates in the last 6 months need not apply 

Our organisation: 
Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.
Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.
Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

The council understands that a motivated workforce is the most important factor for it to be successful and achieve its aims. It’s vital that employees feel rewarded for their contribution.

As a Medway Council employee  you  will have the opportunity to develop both professionally and personally by undertaking  relevant training opportunities,  enjoy a comprehensive benefits package including competitive rates of pay and pension scheme along with access to an employee  advice, information and counselling service,  employee forums and  an employee discount scheme for national and local retailers.


Important Information

Please note that all recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in hard copy format, please contact the Children's Services Recruitment Team on 01632 332211 or cscrecruitment@medway.gov.uk 

Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

For more information on our Children & Adults Social Care jobs please visit: www.medwaysocialcarejobs.co.uk.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

Please note that in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines, in regards to social distancing, all interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.  Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.   




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  • Employer: Medway Council
  • Reference: CSC088RJ
  • Published: Wed 07/10/2020, 13:20 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 23/10/2020, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Up to £52,159 per annum + market premia and retention allowance
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Broadside, Leviathan Way, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4LL , Kent

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