Key benefits – Why work for Rotherham?
- Low case loads
- Small teams
- Strong support from Service Manager
- You will be developed into an excellent Manager. All Social Care Professionals will be trained extensively in the ‘Signs of Safety’ operating model (15 day programme) and Restorative Practice approaches
- Early Help provision is strong, which is now reducing the demand for social care and supporting professionals with creative options for service users
- Strong working relationships with locality and early help managers
- Career Pathway
- The opportunity to make a real difference to the children and families in need of our support.
ABOUT THE LOCALITY SOCIAL WORK SERVICE
The locality social work service works with children and their families from across the borough of Rotherham and consists of 12 teams working from 5 office bases (Clifton the Place, Rawmarsh service centre, Maltby service centre, Aston service centre and Swinton centre).
The teams focus on:
- children in need
- children in need of protection
- children where a PLO/pre-proceedings process is ongoing
- looked after children prior to transfer to the children in care service.
The locality social work service aims to provide the right service with the right approach at the right time by:
- Identifying and clearly explaining the nature and level of risk to children and the impact this will have on them if nothing changes;
- Understand the child’s experience through our visits to the family, direct work and observations and
- Create plans and ways of working with children and their families that achieve a tangible positive difference
Rotherham is striving to become a child friendly borough. The locality social work service has an ambitious programme of improvement and we are determined to provide good quality, timely intervention to ensure that children and their families receive the help and protection that they need to help them achieve their full potential and a better outcome in life.
We know that social workers need good quality support and challenge from their managers. We have created small teams with an advanced practitioner post in each team to provide an environment that allows for regular supervision and oversight to ensure that social workers are supported to do a good job. All of our managers and workers will be provided with training in Signs of Safety and Restorative Practice, to enable us to create a strengths based approach with the families that we are working with.
The locality social work teams work closely with colleagues in early help locality teams which serve the same geographical areas to ensure that help is provided to children and their families at the most appropriate level. The locality social work teams also work closely with the looked after children’s service and the CSE team – Evolve.
This post is specifically for a Team Manager in the Locality Service.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
With new leadership in place and a heartfelt pledge to provide a best practice centre of excellence, we are committed to cultivating a positive, performance-led culture underpinned by plenty of support at all levels. Increasing the number of our teams and upgrading our systems we have reduced caseloads and paperwork, giving our staff more time to dedicate to building relationships that matter. We are confident that you will be joining an organisation that is rewarding in every sense. And most importantly, that will serve our community to the highest possible standards.
Our Team Managers lead social worker teams within Children’s Social Care. As such they are the lynch pins in our organisation: leading and supporting our people in the field and carrying out the day-to-day management of services to our children and young people. Reporting to Service Managers, our Team Managers play a crucial role, dealing with staff at all levels, interpreting and communicating feedback and providing an important, positive interface for their practitioners, in a multi-agency environment. We are confident that you will be joining an organisation that is rewarding in every sense, for every individual. And most importantly, that will serve our community to the highest possible standards.
We have invested in training programmes and set out a clear career development pathway. From continuing your professional development with ongoing, practical training, to reaching senior management levels, at Rotherham there is a definite ladder to be climbed for those with talent and ambition. In return we are looking for a real commitment to making a difference to the children and families in Rotherham.
This is a fantastic opportunity for experienced, flexible and dedicated social workers in a managerial role, to really make a difference for Rotherham’s Children and their families.
You will have experience of managing a team within a Locality service.
You will motivate your team to achieve timely and quality outcomes for our children, ensuring a sound understanding of risk, working closely with partner agencies.
You will be skilled in quality assuring the work of the team, ensuring that information is accurate and analytical and meets legislative requirements.
You will be able to take a key role in planning and improving services.
You will be used to undertaking workload and caseload reviews and audits.
You will be empathetic and sensitive to the needs of those reporting to you, treating people with fairness and respect.
You will know how to measure and monitor to ensure everyone performs at their best.
You will be robust enough to deal with complaints or incidents diplomatically.
You will be an influential negotiator when dealing with potential conflict.
You will have a knack for communicating complex messages in a straightforward way.
You will not be afraid to think outside the box to solve problems and ensure the safety and well-being of looked after children.
You will have a sound understanding of thresholds and their application.
You will be capable of making decisions even when there is uncertainty.
You will see the big picture and be open to working with others.
You will be skilled at engaging with others and building constructive working relationships.
You will be passionate about maximising a child’s life chances.
You will care.
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