Ealing is vibrant and the third most ethnically diverse London borough, (84% of pupils of minority ethnic origin compared to 34% nationally) and we are committed to practising social work in an anti-discriminatory way which is equitable, inclusive and values the diversity of those who access our services and our staff.
Ealing Council has a high rate of permanent staff, offers a wide range of training opportunities and a career progression scheme to promote and support staff development.
The Ealing Children’s Integrated Response Service (ECIRS) is the single point of entry for all enquiries regarding the welfare of a child or young person in Ealing. A multi-agency service led by a social care team manager, it is staffed by deputy managers, social workers, family support workers and information and advice officers who ensure that assessments are carried out, are appropriate, planned, delivered and reviewed to meet the assessed need. ECIRS also encompasses the MASH (Multi-Agency Support Hub) which involves staff from social care, health and the Police sharing and risk managing Police referrals. It is important to us that the right decisions are made for children at the front door.
ECIRS has recently recruited domestic abuse specialists as a new project to address the high demands of domestic abuse contacts received. We recognise domestic abuse impacts negatively on children, young people and adults who are victims of domestic abuse. Our domestic abuse specialists at the front door are a rapid response service to support domestic abuse victims; to minimise delays and ensure safety.
The Deputy Team Manager
We are seeking to recruit an experienced deputy team manager to ECIRS which is demanding, fast paced, and challenging.
Your commitment to delivering excellent services to children and young people will ensure good delivery of services to children and their families to ensure positive outcomes.
ECIRS is our front door service being the first point of entry for anyone worried about children in Ealing and incorporates a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) service.
ECIRS/MASH offers an innovation service. The deputy managers will assist the team manager in leading a social work team whilst working in conjunction with partner agencies, Police, Public protection, Housing, Early Help, Probation and health to determine and deliver the most appropriate level of intervention and support.
ECIRS is a Multi-Agency Team, co-located with health visitors and Police Protection Desk. The deputy team manager will be innovative, creative and not afraid to work in a demanding and challenging environment.
You will assist the team manager in managing the provision of a high quality, cost effective and efficient social work service to children and their families and will also ensure the delivery of the service is within agreed strategic, operational and financial priorities and that it is in accordance with statutory responsibilities, policies and procedures.
You will manage up to five members of staff who will include senior social workers and social workers. Included in this will be newly qualified social workers undertaking the ASYE programme.
You must have detailed knowledge and understanding of threshold criteria, Children’s Act, relevant policies, and procedures. Experience of working in child protection and assessment teams are essential.
You will be supported in your role as a deputy team manager and given opportunities to develop and take your creativity forward.
Ealing Council are in the process of re-launching Brighter Futures, our relational practice model.
This role is deemed customer facing and as such you must have a command of spoken English which is sufficient to enable you to effectively perform the role. This requirement relates to Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016.
Ealing Council is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Ealing Council follows safer recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults. The post holder will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
This role is subject to Ealing Council’s enhanced vetting process.
Closing date: 20 January 2022