Salary: £52,086 - £55,798 (market supplements included)
Working Pattern: Full-time
Location: County Hall North, Horsham
We're seeking Team Managers to join our Horsham based Kinship Care Team. The successful candidates will be ready to inspire, challenge, share great ideas and actively promote best practice through the delivery of expert supervision.
As a Team Manager you will be responsible for leading a team of Social Workers within the Kinship Care Team providing an assessment and support service to kinship carers (including Connected Persons Foster Carers and Special Guardians) who offer permanence for children who are not able to remain in the care of their birth parents.
This is a relatively newly formed team, bringing together assessment and support for kinship carers. The team has a strong and supportive leadership ethos and is committed to the professional development of all members This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a creative team within Children's Services which is recognised for positively contributing to children's care plans.
Experience and Skills
- 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 experience:
- A recognised Social Work qualification e.g. Degree in Social Work, Post Graduate Certificate 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.
- Experience of managing/leading staff.
- Expert relevant experience in specialist area, including sound relevant operational experience in social work, ideally working as a senior practitioner or small team leader/supervisor.
- Experience of managing a small budget and/or contributing to financially related decisions on larger spends, how cost-effective decisions are made and operating within the financial constraints.
- Experience of supporting initiatives in a political environment.
- Demonstrable knowledge of how to improve practice and performance in a supportive, positive way
- Valid, full driving licence.
Rewards and Benefits
As a Team Manager you will manage a small team and have access to a Coordinator who provides flexible administrative support for the team. We provide regular group supervision and peer learning alongside specialist roles within the team to focus on the most vulnerable children. You'll also have a minimum of 5 CPD and training days per year with access to excellent learning and development provisions such as Research in Practice and Community Care Inform and 29 days annual leave, as well as the option to buy up to 3 additional days.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE03385.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to Social Work England registration, an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check. You must be able to travel throughout the county including to locations that are not always accessible by public transport.