Children’s Team Manager (Assessment and Intervention)
Role: Team Manager post x 2
Salary: Grade L -£52,806- £55,845 plus retention allowance of £4,971
Location: LBTH Town Hall, 106 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BJ
We believe that the best place for children is to be raised within their own families, immediate or wider, wherever it is safe and appropriate to do so.
In Tower Hamlets we are committed to building relationships and strengthening families by working with people in a compassionate and understanding way. We are ambitious for Tower Hamlets children and families and endeavour for every child and young person to be healthy, safe and successful.
Tower Hamlets is a progressive, ambitious and diverse place to work. We place children and families at the heart of everything that we do and are relentless in our pursuit of positive outcomes for all.
Team Managers are integral to our offer. They empower, provide high support and challenge along with motivating our social workers so we can collectively achieve best outcomes for children, young people and their families in Borough.
We are recruiting Team Managers in the Assessment and Intervention Services in the Supporting Families Division. We provide the front door service for children in need and those in need of protection.
We have a large MASH Team with 2 Team Managers and 5 Assessment and Intervention social work teams, and as the Team Managers you will be responsible for leading Social Workers and Advanced Practitioners in your teams specialising in either Child in Need, Child Protection or Children in Care cases. You will ensure that the team is supported and all interventions being undertaken are planned, purposeful and focussed. Fundamentally making sure that risk is managed well and intervention is only undertaken when it is in the child’s best interests.
- You will manage and support workers who work with our most vulnerable children, young people and families. Your expertise will support families, help keep children safe and enable them both to thrive.
- Provide leadership and management of the Team ensuring there is a clear focus on purpose and outcomes
- Ensure the Team(s) achieve the required outcomes, including a strong focus on childrenand families, to include the ongoing identification of the needs of the client group.
- Achieve positive outcomes for children within the social care system, ensuring that children are safeguarded through effective decision making and practice
- Ensure social work intervention in the lives of children and families is of a consistently high standard and meets the needs of Tower Hamlets diverse communities.
- To ensure equality of access to social work services
- Have a good working knowledge of the principles of MASH and threshold decision making,
- Have a good knowledge and understanding of child protection practices, Working
- together to safeguard Children and their families, PAN London guidance.
- Have experience of managing a team in a frontline service
- Provide direct line management and supervision to practitioners including ASYEs who work with children and young people under statutory obligations
- Manage and lead staff to achieve high performance and effective operational delivery, including developing and improving staff capability
- Be responsible for and report upon the teams budgetary position, ensuring affective use of resources
- Establish and maintain positive relationships with key partner agencies in order to develop and support children and families who are in need
- Support children to achieve permanency when children become looked after
- Commitment to your own personal development and professional growth
We are committed to developing excellent Managers and practitioners and if you choose to work with us you will benefit from:
- A competitive salary (£52,806- £55,845) plus retention allowance of £4,971
- Up to 31 days annual leave rising to 32 days with 5 years continual service and 8 bank holidays
- Zone 2-3 travel card, season ticket loan
- Opportunities to develop your practice, with a clear framework for career development/leadership programme
- Good quality, regular, reflective supervision
- Manageable caseloads for your team
- Enhanced sick pay scheme, maternity/adoption leave pay and maternity support leave
- Opportunities for agile/flexible working
- Cycle to work scheme/ Rent deposit scheme/Access to free eye tests
- Discounted gym membership & You at Work discounts and many others
- Working knowledge of the legislative framework within which Social Care operates, inclusive of regulation, national guidance and procedures specific to this post.
- Thorough understanding of quality assurance an ability to integrate this understanding into practice
- CQSW, DipSW or other SWE recognised social work qualification.
- Social work experience and experience of supervising/mentoring others
- A commitment to working transparently; in partnership with children, young people, families, and partner agencies
How to Apply:
Please complete the application form on our online application system and upload your CV.
Closing date: 31/03/23
Interviews: Week commencing 10th and 17th April 2023
If you would like any further information about the role, please contact Cindy Abbey at Cindy.Abbey@towerhamlets.gov.uk
Tower Hamlets vision for our borough is that: people are aspirational, independent and have equal access to opportunities; we are a borough that our residents are proud of and love to live in; and we are a dynamic, outcomes-based council using digital innovation and partnership working to respond to the changing needs of our borough. We want people who aspire to our TOWER values: Together; Open; Willing; Excellent; Respect.
Tower Hamlets has a zero-tolerance approach to, and works to eradicate, all forms of discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital status, status as a civil partner, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy and maternity and looks to employ a diverse workforce representative of those groups. We recognise that people can also be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class.
We welcome applicants interested in flexible working arrangements and also applicants who live in the borough.