We're looking for an experienced frontline social work manager to join our Assessment and Intervention team in Worthing. The successful candidates will be empowered to be part of, and supporting, a social work team making a difference to the lives of West Sussex children.
Our Assessment and Intervention service is a fast paced, busy and supportive duty team completing child and family assessments, Section 47 enquiries, Child Protection and Child in Need work whilst planning for permanence from day one. Signs of Safety is the framework we use to support our social work practice and we are proud to not only have collaborated with Eileen Munro and Andrew Turnell, but also have an acclaimed leader of Signs of Safety within our management group, to embed this framework across the service.
Assessment and Intervention is at the forefront of continuing to implement and develop how this framework can produce the best outcomes for children and ensure they are safe, and their voice is heard within all the work we do. Our teams continue the development of targeted Child in Need support, with specialist social workers supporting children under Section 17 and focussing on ensuring clear plans and interventions with families. We ensure strong local links with our Early Help colleagues to promote local community support for children and families when social care no longer needs to be involved.
As a Practice Manager within Assessment and Intervention, you will be ready to demonstrate great practice, share good ideas and expertise. We are looking for emotionally intelligent, organised, resilient individuals who can evidence the value they could add to our team. You will make sure that children and young people right across West Sussex are safeguarded and protected, whilst also being responsible for motivating and leading a small group of social workers and other staff.
Required experience and skills
- Ability to make sound pragmatic problem-solving decisions, which will have a wider service The ability to provide comprehensive professional advice and support within the service specialism, including tackling difficult problems of a technical, professional, resource or people related nature.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to influence the actions of others and communicate information which may be complex and contentious.
- Effective people and performance management skills and the ability to provide direction and motivate and inspire the team to deliver quality professional practice. You will use data to identify and address performance challenges, manage throughput of work, and manage team performance. The ability to use supervision, appraisal and data to have reflective and crucial conversations with staff to identify performance and improve practice.
- Able to manage self, is self-aware and understands impact of work on self and others and responds constructively to situations. Understands the need for emotional intelligence/resilience, specifically in relation to risk, ensuring that there is a positive balance between perceived risk and protection from harm where necessary.
- Able to reflect on practice and learn from experience and feedback, taking responsibility for own performance and being proactive in relation to own work and professional development. Ability to challenge existing practices and identify innovative solutions within the required framework. Further to that the ability to interpret and manage political influences on social work practice and to work with peers and managers to address potential impacts.
Qualifications and experience:
- A recognised Social Work qualification e.g. Degree in Social Work, DipSW, CQSW or equivalent as recognised by the relevant professional body.
- A recognised post qualifying award in Social Work or demonstrable evidence of continuous professional development at a similar level.
- Registration with the relevant professional registration body and maintaining registration with that body.
- Evidence of developing, empowering and leading teams to achieve performance improvements and service developments. Evidence of planning and management of resources and performance over the long term.
- Experience of managing/leading staff.
- Experience of managing a small budget and/or contributing to financially related decisions on larger spends, how cost-effective decisions are made and operating within the financial constraints.
- Valid, full driving licence.
Reward and benefits
As a Practice Manager you will manage a small team comprised of Social Workers, Child and Family Workers and have access to a Coordinator who provides flexible administrative support for the team. We provide regular group supervision and peer learning alongside specialist roles within the team to focus on the most vulnerable children. You'll also have a minimum of 5 CPD and training days per year with access to excellent learning and development provisions such as Research in Practice and Community Care Inform and 29 days annual leave, as well as the option to buy up to 3 additional days.
This post is eligible for our Recruitment and Retention scheme. Relocation support may be available.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE02955.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to Social Work England registration, an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check.