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Service Manager - Disabled Children and Young People's Service (statutory social worker)
£58,566 - £72,621 per annum
Newham Together – The best place for children and young people.
There has never been a more exciting time to lead a service at Newham, as we continue driving towards our target of becoming a centre of excellence for children’s social care by 2023.
Service Managers at Newham can now look to a Social Care Academy, an expanded QA service, and a team of Family Therapists to support their service’s practice and help drive positive change. Service These changes are a small part of the positive impact that our permanent, stable senior leadership team are making; noted by Ofsted in our recent monitoring visit. We’re not there yet, but Newham is moving steadily in the right direction.
Newham offers a real opportunity for Service Managers to make a difference to the lives of our children and young people. Working with us will provide invaluable experience and the chance to put being part of our journey to ‘Good’ on your CV in what could be a career defining role.
Apply now, and be part of our success.
ABOUT THE JOB
Reporting to the Head of Safeguarding and Intervention, you will be expected to provide strong and visible leadership for the Disabled Children and Young People’s Service (DCYPS).
The DCYPS services serves nearly 400 children and families where there is a known profound disability. Unlike other CYPS teams it offers assessments and interventions, including care packages (respite/outreach support) to children in need, children on a child protection plan and those who are looked after. It is part of a broader offer of support to families with children with additional needs.
The role involves helping managers and practitioners to be the best they can be whilst creating the best practice environment for staff. In Newham we model and lead with high expectations and exceptional support – and the Service Manager will exemplify this culture. You’ll also be responsible for ensuring thresholds are applied consistently and appropriately within your service, playing a key role in relevant proceedings where necessary. The Service Manager for DCYPS plays a critical role in driving high quality practice to benefit children supported by the service. The Service Manager will analyse performance data to ensure statutory visits are timely and that the service as a whole is efficient and effective, with the welfare of children and families at the forefront of all decision making
Leaders in Newham are focussed on embedding Systemic practice and relationship based work within their services; it’s vital for the Service Manager to engage daily in conversations about what we can do better, and how we can have a purposeful impact on the lives of Newham’s children, young people, and their families.
This is a fantastic opportunity to shape a service and drive improvements and your work will really make a huge difference in these young people’s lives. This could be a career defining role.
For more details and a full list of duties please download the job description.
‘People at the heart of everything we do’
You will be an inspiring leader who will work constructively and creatively with the managers reporting to you and the social workers responsible for directly working with children and young people. You will be a confident decision maker and able to instil confidence with children, staff, peers, and partners. You will be committed to Newham’s practice model of a Restorative approach with Systemic Practice across all services.
We're looking for candidates who can evidence high levels of experience of management and leadership within the safeguarding context who are passionate about improving children’s lives including working in this specialised area. You are full of energy and enthusiasm, taking a creative but pragmatic approach to supporting your teams to achieve positive outcomes for our children and young people. You already embrace our people focused values and want to be an active part of our collective ‘Newham Together’ journey. You want to make a difference. You like to shape services to ensure that managers and social workers maintain excellent quality practice to support our children and their families.
You will have an excellent track record of delivering successful outcomes for young people within a diverse urban community. You have high working standards and are conscious of your own professional development, actively seeking avenues of learning and improvement for yourself and others.
You are a qualified social worker, registered with Social Work England, and have demonstrable experience at management level in a statutory social care setting.
For an informal discussion about the role please contact Nasima Patel, Head of Safeguarding and Intervention: firstname.lastname@example.org
We've been working hard to make Newham a great place to practise social work.
We will offer you:
• A fantastic opportunity to shape a service and create a lasting legacy.
• A competitive salary of up to £72,621pa.
• Flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to work from home.
• Smarter Working with new modern technology.
• Permanent senior leadership team who are dedicated to our journey.
• New Social Work Academy and training in systemic practice.
• 'Newham Together' - a positive, nurturing and collaborative work environment built on trust.
• Systemic and restorative practice will be helped and encouraged to flourish.
• Oyster card/parking permit for business use.
• Excellent transport links to the rest of the capital.
• Permanent and stable senior leadership with a consistent vision.
• Wellbeing service, leisure and discount benefits (Council scheme).
• We will be a ‘social work centre of excellence’ by 2023.
Please submit a CV and provide a supporting statement (2 sides of A4) through our recruitment portal. The supporting statement should demonstrate how you meet the relevant requirements listed in the person specification.
Shortlisting decisions will be based on candidates' relevant experience and on candidates' suitability for the role in line with the person