Practice Manager - Children Looked After
  • Employer: West Sussex County Council
  • Reference: CAFHE03110
  • Published: Mon 26/04/2021, 7:29 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 17/05/2021, 7:29 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £52086 - £55798 per annum
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: County Hall North, Horsham

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Practice Manager - Children Looked After

Salary: £47,351 - £50,725
Working Pattern: Full-time
Location: Horsham

From 01 July 2021, the job title will change from Practice Manager to Team Manager and our new pay structure will go live increasing the salary to £52,086 - £55,798 (including market supplements). Further information can be found by visiting our website.

We're seeking a Practice Manager to join our Children Looked After team based in Horsham. The successful candidate will be excited to be responsible for a team achieving positive outcomes for children and young people across West Sussex.

Our dedicated Children Looked After service have a passion for making a difference to our looked after children, alongside an interest and experience of the adoption process. Working with children remaining in long term care where it is not safe for them to return home, children who may be placed for adoption and children leaving care.

As a Practice Manager you will be passionate about ensuring our most vulnerable children are supported to achieve their full potential. You will be responsible for leading a team of social workers and support staff by motivating and inspiring, providing expert supervision and championing best practice. Providing mentoring, coaching and supporting the development of reflective and relationship-based practice.

You will be able to work on your own initiative but also perform as part of a wider management team. You will be able to build positive working relationships with children and young people, professionals, partner agencies and carers as well as respectfully challenge when appropriate. You will have an excellent understanding of the statutory requirements relating to Children Looked After and keeping children safe.

Experience and Skills

Key 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. This will include the ability to develop effective long-term relationships both with other teams across WSCC and external partners enabling the achievement of high-quality outcomes.
  • 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. Ability to respond calmly and appropriately to situations where others are in a stressful or anxious situation.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering or co-ordinating a quality customer focused service to others.
  • Experience in dealing with significant issues, for example management of complex child protection matters, staff under performance, managing resources to address team performance priorities through allocation of limited resources.
  • 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.
  • Experience of supporting initiatives in a political environment.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of how to improve practice and performance in a supportive, positive way.
  • Valid, full driving licence.

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