Salary: £40,876 - £43,857
Working Pattern: Full-time
Location: Bognor Regis
We are at a key point in our improvement journey for our care leavers and looked after children and the Leaving Care Service are now seeking a permanent Team Manager to join us in Worthing. You will be responsible for directly managing a team of 6 to 7 Personal Advisors focusing on meeting the needs and aspirations of our care leavers aged 16 to 25 years and improving their outcomes.
The Leaving Care Service is part of Corporate Parenting within West Sussex County Council, provides direct support to over 600 care experienced young people through geographically based teams of Personal Advisors. The Service supports the journey of young people as they transition towards an independent future as young adults; guiding, advising and enabling them with their aspirations. We are ambitious for our young people and committed to improving services for them.
As a Team Manager you will bring a focus on the development of high-quality practice and service to our care leavers and looked after children. You will need to demonstrate you can provide effective management and leadership of a team of Personal Advisors, ensuring best practice is understood and promoted, that successes are celebrated and individuals in the team are supported to grow and develop. You will have a track record of demonstrating good practice and performance while focusing on the needs and aspirations of children and young people and be passionate about making a significant difference to their lives at such a pivotal moment.
As part of a management team you will work with a wide range of partners to deliver our offer to care leavers, contribute to the service developments and improvement particularly around employment education, health, accommodation and participation. A professional qualification relevant to professional service specialism (e.g. Social Work, Health, Criminal Justice, Community Development, Family Support) is essential for this role as well as good knowledge of care leaver and looked after children planning, legislation and Child Protection.
Experience and Skills
- Ability to make sound pragmatic problem-solving decisions, which have a wider service impact, including providing comprehensive professional advice and support, tackling difficult problems, negotiating solutions, managing conflict and convincing others of the need to take a specific course of action.
- Effective people and performance management skills and the ability to provide direction and motivate and inspire the team to deliver quality professional practice, including setting and reviewing timescales. Able to use supervision, appraisal and data to have reflective and crucial conversations with staff to identify performance and improve practice, including ability to critically advise, coach and develop the team, in relation to case management.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, able to influence the actions of others and communicate information which may be complex and contentious, including the use of data to identify and address service challenges and team performance.
- Able to develop and maintain effective relationships with other teams, both across WSCC and with external partners, to enable the achievement of high-quality outcomes, whilst also questioning and challenging decisions and existing practices and identifying innovative solutions.
- Ability to be an advocate for children's social care, promoting the service and supporting recruitment and retention initiatives. Interpret and manage political influences on practice and work with peers and managers to address any potential impact on the service.
Qualifications and experience:
- Degree level, professional or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject, for example, Social Work, Teaching, Youth Work, or demonstrable equivalent comparable experience.
- Post graduate professional qualification relevant to management. (Desirable)
- Experience of effectively working with other agencies and members of the public, with an understanding of the role of key agencies in the provision of the service.
- Experience of effectively managing/leading staff and budget.
- Sound and accurate IT skills including good working knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint (or equivalent packages) for the integral use of word processing, data processing and report writing.
Rewards and Benefits
As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.
In addition to working within an incredibly supportive team you'll be entitled to 29 days annual leave, as well as the option to buy up to 3 additional days, a generous Local Government Pension Scheme and a range of training and development opportunities. For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee, please visit our website.