Job type: full-time 35 hours
Closing date: Sunday 30 June 2019
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: £54,174 - £58,380 pa (SMG1)
Lewisham Children’s Social Care is changing fast, we know what good social work looks like and our improvement plan is all about creating the right conditions and culture for good practice to thrive. Our vision is….
•Families are respected and supported to stay together, whenever there is safety.
•Families will tell us they understand why we are involved.
•Children will tell us their social worker has made a difference to their lives.
•Children who are in our care know we care and we won’t give up on them.
•Young people who have been in our care feel confident about their future.
We know that talking about what good practice looks like is easy, the challenge is turning your vision into a reality. We understand to achieve our ambitions it requires inspiring leadership, resources, infrastructure and a clear, realistic plan for how to get there. That’s why our improvement plan is taking a whole system approach, we have introduced Signs of Safety as our practice framework and we have mapped out our two year journey. We are about a quarter of the way through and there is a lot more to do. We need more good, capable, creative and energetic leaders to join our team to deliver this programme. If our vision connect with you, your way of working then we are interested in hearing from you.
We are recruiting to six newly established Group Manager positions, in the Children’s Social Care leadership team;
• X2 MASH, Assessment & Young People’s Safeguarding Team
• X2 Family Social Work (Children in Need, Child Protection and Proceedings)
• X2 Corporate Parenting (Looked After, Permanence & Leaving Care)
The Group Manager posts report to the heads of each service area, they are responsible for the operational oversight, performance, quality assurance and development of between 3-4 teams, supervise Team Managers and are responsible for a small budget.
Our management to social worker ratio average is x1 Team Manager for x5-6 Practitioners. 80% of our case holding social workers are permanent and our caseloads average at 15 children. We have the foundations, now our focus is developing the workforce and improving the quality of practice to be consistently good.
We are looking for people who
•value the importance of communication and seeking feedback
•can inspire and motivate those they manage and lead
•are professionally curious and can think slowly and calmly in a balanced way
•embrace change, are adaptive and value opportunities to be innovative
•work inclusively, collaboratively with others in a strengths based way
•take responsibility and make a positive contribution by focusing on solutions
•are transparent, are appreciative in enquiry, reflect and learn
In return, we’ll offer excellent development opportunities, plus a range of benefits that includes a career average pension scheme, flexible working and the opportunity to make a real difference to our local community.
We are based at Laurence House, Catford SE6. There are 2 local train stations approximately 5-7 minutes walk from Laurence House, and the train journey from London Bridge is approximately 15 minutes. There are also numerous bus routes that stop outside Laurence House.
£54,174 - £58,380 pa (SMG1)
For further information please visit https://lewisham.gov.uk/mayorandcouncil/counciljobs/careersinchildrensocialcare/group-managers-recruitment or for an informal discussion, about the role and recruitment process, please contact our adviser at Reed Talent Solutions, Sarah Gothard on 0208 314 8504 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Lewisham Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.
We value diversity and welcome applications from all backgrounds.
The post is subject to a DBS.
Sunday 30 June 2019 at 11:59pm.
Officer Interview/test: week commencing 22nd July 2019
The Council reserves the right to close adverts early if there is a large response.