Salary: £47,351 - £50,725 per annum (£28,794 - £30,846 pro rated)
Contract: Permanent, Part-time (3 Days per week)
The Family and Friends Team offers an assessment and support service to family and friend carers who provide alternative accommodation for children who are not able to remain within the care of their birth parents.
We're seeking a Practice Manager to work in our Family and Friends Team based in Horsham. This is a newly formed team that has brought together assessment and support for Family and Friend carers. You will be responsible for ensuring the delivery of high quality, robust assessments as well as support for family and friends carers pre and post order. You will also have the responsibility for ensuring that support needs assessments and plans to support families are of a high quality and are realistic and achievable.
The Family and Friends Team provide a county wide service and is an expanding and exciting team to be part of. We are evolving with enthusiasm and dedication to complete robust, complex and interesting assessments and comprehensive support options. It is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a creative team within Children' Services which is recognised for positively contributing to children's care plans. You will join a very supportive management team within the Fostering Service and be managing experienced and enthusiastic staff.
- Ability to make sound pragmatic problem-solving decisions, which will have a wider service impact. The ability to provide comprehensive professional advice and support within the service specialism, including tackling difficult problems of a technical, professional, resource or people related nature.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to influence the actions of others and communicate information which may be complex and contentious. This will include the ability to develop effective long-term relationships both with other teams across WSCC and external partners enabling the achievement of high-quality outcomes.
- Effective people and performance management skills and the ability to provide direction and motivate and inspire the team to deliver quality professional practice. You will use data to identify and address performance challenges, manage throughput of work, and manage team performance. The ability to use supervision, appraisal and data to have reflective and crucial conversations with staff to identify performance and improve practice.
- Able to manage self, is self-aware and understands impact of work on self and others and responds constructively to situations. Understands the need for emotional intelligence/resilience, specifically in relation to risk, ensuring that there is a positive balance between perceived risk and protection from harm where necessary. Ability to respond calmly and appropriately to situations where others are in a stressful or anxious situation.
- Able to reflect on practice and learn from experience and feedback, taking responsibility for own performance and being proactive in relation to own work and professional development. Ability to challenge existing practices and identify innovative solutions within the required framework. Further to that the ability to interpret and manage political influences on social work practice and to work with peers and managers to address potential impacts.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- A recognised Social Work qualification e.g. Degree in Social Work, DipSW, CQSW or equivalent as recognised by the relevant professional body.
- A recognised post qualifying award in Social Work or demonstrable evidence of continuous professional development at a similar level.
- Registration with the relevant professional registration body and maintaining registration with that body.
- Demonstrable experience of delivering or co-ordinating a quality customer focused service to others.
- Experience in dealing with significant issues, for example management of complex child protection matters, staff under performance, managing resources to address team performance priorities through allocation of limited resources.
- Evidence of developing, empowering and leading teams to achieve performance improvements and service developments. Evidence of planning and management of resources and performance over the long term.
- Valid, full driving licence.
Rewards and Benefits
As a Practice Manager you will manage a small team comprised of Social Workers, Child and Family Workers and have access to a Coordinator who provides flexible administrative support for the team. We also offer regular group supervision, access to research communities including Research in Practice and Community Care Inform, flexible and mobile working opportunities, a minimum of 5 days CPD per year and access to excellent further learning and development opportunities. To find out what Rewards and Benefits we offer you as a West Sussex County Council employee, please click here.
This post is eligible for our Recruitment & Retention Scheme which includes a one-off payment of 20% of your basic annual salary after joining, free parking or payment for parking and the option of an interest free loan of up to £10,000. Relocation support may be available. For further information, contact .
The reference number for this role is CAFHE03039.