Here in Knowsley, we are passionate about engaging with children and families to make a positive impact - to do this we know that you need supportive managers with manageable caseloads.
Our Social Workers average caseload is 18 – if you would like to speak to another Team Manager about Knowsley from a practitioner perspective please do call Siobhan Price 07966830581. We are able to achieve this caseload by having the transfer point at 1st court hearing and due to our robust and supportive Targeted and Early Help offer.
We have a permanent management team who are committed to reflective supervision that ensures you are able to think about creative ways to engage families, keep children safe and have a positive impact in their lives. We have some excellent resources in Knowsley that include MST, FGC, Edge of Care and Family Support.
Our new restructure has led to the development of a stable and experienced Senior Leadership Team that are visible and supportive. The goal for Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council is to be a Good to Outstanding Local Authority and we want passionate and committed social workers to join us on this journey.
An opportunity has arisen to permanently appoint a Team Manager in the Children Protection Service. The successful candidate will provide leadership and management to a team that undertakes Child in Need interventions, along with Child Protection planning and PLO upto the 1st hearing.
The Team Manager is responsible for the Supervision of 6 Social Workers, management oversight of all case work, performance management of the team and ensuring that quality of practice is outstanding both wirtten and engagement.
The successful applicant will need to be qualified and professionally registered as a Social Worker, have knowledge of current legislation and regulations.
Knowsley is the smallest borough in Merseyside, covering only 33.40 sq miles, but it doesn't come without its challenges. With over 30% of children living in income-deprived families, an average of 350 children on child in need plans, 200 children on a child protection plan and 300 children being looked after there is always a lot of work to be done to support our children and families.
In Knowsley we use the Signs of Safety model across all levels of service. If you are a qualified Social Worker who has a passion to see families & their support networks empowered to meet their own children's needs; can undertake good quality assessments; will support families to develop and review their plans; will measure & record the impact of the plans on their child's lives; and will consider children's permanence at every stage, you should apply to be a Team Manager in Knowsley.
Don't worry if you haven't used Signs of Safety before because as an employee of Knowsley you will become a member of the Knowsley Social Work Academy which will give you access to our Practice Standards, Practice Guidance and a comprehensive training package in respect of Signs of Safety as well as many other areas of practice and career development. The Academy has close links with The Workforce Development Service, so training is often commission on a need-led basis ensuring that our workers have the most relevant and up to date training available to them.
As well as group supervision with colleagues and monthly supervision with your manager you will have regular My Time; a council wide initiative to supervision and career development, ensuring that you are in control of your career development. Being a small borough has the significant advantage that all services are centrally located, and workers have good working relationships with partner agencies.
The Directors work closely with the Heads of Service, Service Managers and Team Managers to ensure caseloads are manageable and staff are well supported. As an employee of Knowsley, you will be provided with the technology you need to enable you to do your job well; a smart phone, hybrid laptop and the ability to log-on whilst in the community ensure that you and your team are able to make the best use of your time and take advantage of the flexible working scheme.
At Knowsley Council we will consider requests for flexible working. For most roles, the following types of flexibility are usually possible: flexible hours, working from home, compressed hours, part-time.
Please read through the Conditions of Service, job description and person specification for more detailed information in respect of the role.
For an informal discussion, please contact Selina Kent, Service Manager on Tel: 07773575929.