Sefton is a diverse and exciting Local Authority that is on a journey of aspiration and ambition as it works towards delivering it’s exciting Sefton 2030 Vision. This journey is shared with our partners and communities as we strive to ensure Sefton is a confident and connected borough. There really is no better time to join Sefton; with a new DCS in post and increased service manager capacity, support, and oversight we are determined to make improvements to benefit our children and families. We are also working in partnership with Leeds City Council to embed Sefton Stronger Together (Leeds Family Valued Approach) and launched the recent Sefton Social Work Academy.
We are looking for Family Group Conference Managers to join our new Family Group Conference Team across Sefton. You will be used to working at pace and ensuring child focused practice. You will have a positive outlook and a solution focused approach to demand and be a team player. We have a supportive culture and excellent relationships with our multi-agency partners which will enhance your experience with us. This is an exciting time to come and work in Sefton; there is a real buzz in Children’s Services and Family Group Conference Team.
What we require from you:
- NVQ level 4 qualification or equivalent experience or qualification in a related service area such as social work, teaching, youth work (if relying on social work qualification you will be required to be registered with the General Social Care Council).
- Proven management experience and ability to develop, manage, motivate, and lead a team of FGC Co-ordinators and offer appropriate professional supervision
- Of developing new methods of working and change management.
- Experience of working in partnership with vulnerable children, young people, and families.
- Developing inter-agency and multi-disciplinary approaches to issues.
- Ability to demonstrate leadership qualities including the ability to model a reflexive approach which facilitates a team culture of evidence-based practice.
- Ability to demonstrate the ability to motivate and inspire team members to consistently raise standards in practice.
- Ability to empower self and others including service users, ensuring high ethical standards in practice.
- Ability to demonstrate a sound theoretical understanding and the ability to critically apply theory in practice.
- To be able to pass information effectively, accurately, and concisely using a variety of formats.
- IT skills (MS Office).
- Ability to manage a budget and have an understanding of how this meets the business needs of the Department.
- Ability to demonstrate skills in risk management including the ability to identify indicators of risk.
- Ability to actively promote the change management agenda at team and area level.
- Ability to analyse complex situations and make considered decisions.
- Ability to analyse and understand statistical information.
- Ability to prepare and present reports on complex issues to a variety of different audiences.
- Able to demonstrate advanced negotiating skills to ensure effective solutions to complex and difficult situations.
- Ability to demonstrate a strategic and structured approach at team and area level and an ability to link the work of the team with the business plan.
- Ability to contribute to the overall development of services for children and young people.
- Ability to develop constructive working relationships with other Agencies.
- Ability to develop, manage, motivate, and lead a team of FGC co-ordinators and offer appropriate professional supervision, giving clear and specific guidance on performance based on accountability agreements.
- Ability to manage caseloads and supervise the caseloads of others
- In depth understanding of theory and practice of Family Group Conferences and their use in social care settings.
- Understanding of local government issues and the social, political, and legal context in which it operates.
- Understanding of childcare legislation and current issues affecting the provision of Social Services.
- Understanding of the work of Targeted Services, the current Children’s Services agenda, and the work of other key Agencies.
- Understanding of both adult and child protection issues.
- Of the current developments affecting the provision of services to children, including mental health, disability, and youth justice issues
- Committed to continuous improvement.
Our offer to you:
If you join our Family Group Conference Team, you can expect to receive the following:
- A warm Sefton welcome
- A comprehensive induction programme
- Support from colleagues, Team Manager and Service Manager
- Good quality, regular, reflective supervision
- A manageable workload
- A wide variety of career progression routes bespoke to individual training and development needs as identified in annual PDRs
- Excellent training and development opportunities including a wide-ranging offer from our in-house workforce training and development unit as well as access to a number of external accredited opportunities
- Partnership with Research in Practice, providing access to online webinars, podcasts and materials linked to the latest research and policy updates to support your CPD and inform evidence-based reports
- 27 days annual leave rising to 32 days with 5 years continual service and 8 bank holidays
- Enhanced sick pay scheme, maternity/adoption leave pay and maternity support leave
- Opportunities for agile/flexible working
- Access to free eye tests and where appropriate, contribution towards spectacles
- Occupational Health Service available to advise on work related health issues
- Commitment to supporting staff’s emotional and mental health with access to a free and confidential employee counselling service
- Discounted gym membership with all Active Sefton gyms
- Cycle to work scheme
- Salary sacrifice schemes including childcare vouchers
- Access to local benefits and discounts on products and services
- Relocation package as appropriate
So, now you’ve heard all about us, we would love to hear about you! Please contact Service Manager, Leanne Holmes on email@example.com for further information or to arrange an informal chat. We look forward to receiving your application.
How to Apply
Please apply online via the link provided.
Please note, we do not accept CV’s (unless specified on the advert).
Please fully complete the online application form.