Hours of work: 37 hours per week
Working pattern: Full-time
Closing date: Sunday 29 January 2023
Interview date: Wednesday 8 February 2023
Please note this salary includes a market supplement which is subject to review – you can view the basic salary on our Salaries scales page
For an informal discussion, please contact:
Claire Collerson, Operations Manager
About the role
We have an opportunity for a full-time permanent Practice Manager for the Children’s Disability Duty and Assessment and Intervention team within the East Sussex Children’s Disability Social Work service.
Do you want to be part of a dynamic forward-looking service? In an outstanding authority with good feedback from parent/carers we can support an enthusiastic person to develop the management skills and the specialist knowledge you will need to lead a small dedicated team. The service aim to achieve good aspirational and inclusive outcomes for children with learning disabilities through strong relationship based practice, multi-agency working and co-production with families.
Co located and managed within Locality social care, with strong links with Special Education Needs and Disability (ISEND), Continuing Care and independent and voluntary organisations you will develop close professional relationships to develop holistic plans for children in need, in need of protection and looked after.
What is the Children’s Disability Service?
Children’s Disability Service (CDS) is a small, dedicated countywide service supporting vulnerable children and young people in the county. The team benefit from a small co located Early Intervention team and Positive Behaviour Support team. Our dedicated social workers are trained to consider the specific vulnerabilities faced by children with disabilities so that support can be tailored to meet their highly complex needs. We’re ambitious to improve outcomes for all children and young people.
Work, train and develop your career
Our approach is all about building relationships with children, young people and their families, and making time to take a creative approach to individual needs. As a result, we don’t expect you to come with all the right skills. Each child you and the team are working with will communicate in a unique way and you will become familiar with the individual communication style of a child as the relationship evolves. The skills you learn will enable you to ‘listen’ to children who are non-verbal and ensure their voices are heard. We know that each child is different, so we have built in time for social workers to develop a creative approach to this work.
The CDS team works across Early Intervention, Children in Need, Child Protection, Looked After Children and occasionally adoption pathways, which provides excellent learning opportunities through the sharing of knowledge. We also follow best practice in areas such as domestic violence and substance abuse, with expertise provided by several linked teams. This multi-disciplinary approach ensures a strong focus on the child’s journey.
Becoming a practice manager
Our senior social work professionals are highly motivated with a thorough understanding of how to improve outcomes for children and a proven track record in statutory children’s services. If you’re applying for a practice manager role, you will already be a senior social worker ready to take your first step into management or an experienced manager with strong management and leadership skills. You will have extensive experience in undertaking complex work and sharing your learning and experience with others as well as experiencing of supervising staff.
To join us your practice must be evidence-based, and you must be up to date on current theories and research. We will ensure you receive individualised support through a range of training and development opportunities to enable you to succeed in this role and to develop your career.
The teams are based in Eastbourne but cover the whole county.
Relationships are the key to best practice
At ESCC our Connected Practice model creates change through meaningful and helpful relationships with children and families – an approach which focusses on enabling young people to lead safe, stable and fulfilling lives at home with their families.
Our practitioners draw on their own resources to develop effective relationships with vulnerable families and children. By working intensively, and using structured interventions, our Senior Social Workers help families to solve problems themselves ensuring that children are safer and better nurtured.
Progress your learning and training
At East Sussex we know that our staff are individuals with their own career goals. So we have created a clear career development pathway, known as Progress, which maps out all the different options and opportunities for enriching and developing individual careers. It enables staff to build on existing skills and develop new knowledge and it provides clarity around the requirements for pay and progression, social work registration and further accreditation.
In addition to wide ranging training for all our social workers, you can access the following specialist training to support you in your work and career development:
- Communicate in Print training
- Makaton training
- Deaf awareness
- communication with disabled children workshops
- Education Health and Care Plan workshops
- Video Interactive Guidance training
- bespoke training relating to children who present with behavioural challenge
- opportunities for lead roles in specialist subject areas; voice of the child, resilience, Connected Practice, drug and alcohol misuse, child sexual abuse, attachment, and digital practice.
A wide range of benefits
In addition to a highly-competitive salary, we offer a wide range of benefits including:
- Relocation costs up to £8k, if you are making a move of more than 20 miles;
- Interest free loan for rental deposit;
- Payment of your HCPC registrations fees.
Join us now
Our Social Work practice is high impact. We know we are making a difference because that’s what children and young people tell us. We’ve been awarded the following:
- Judged Outstanding by Ofsted July 2018;
- Local Government Association Chronicle Awards for services to children and business transformation;
- Silver Award for Best Social Work Employer at the Social Worker of the year Awards 2017;
- Teaching Partnership status.
So, if you’d like to be part of our progressive team, apply NOW.
This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to http://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.
Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
If you require any reasonable adjustments, due to disability, to enable you to participate fully in the process please contact the hiring manager on the contact details above.
Reasonable adjustments include things like an offline application form. If you would like to discuss your requirements further, please get in touch.
East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.