Team Manager (Children's)- Social Worker in Schools
We’re hugely ambitious at Tower Hamlets – are you?
We are recruiting to a Team Managers post in Early Help Children’s and Family Service in the Supporting Families Division.
The Team Manager posts will be based in the community and manage a team of social workers based in schools.
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.
The team currently has 8 social workers, and as the Team Manager you will be responsible for leading these Social Workers and Advanced Practitioners in your teams specialising in either Early Help, however, the work will include 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.
Currently this is a pilot which is being funded by the DfE, however we are looking at the option of mainstreaming it.
About the role:
- Provide leadership and management of the Team(s) ensuringthere is a clear focus on purpose and outcomes
- Ensure the Team(s) achieve the required outcomes, including a strong focus on children and 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 knowledge and understanding of child protection practices
- 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
- 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
Our offer to you:
- We are committed to developing excellent Managers and practitioners and if you choose to work with us you will benefit from:
- A competitive salary (£50,451- £ 53,490), plus retention allowance £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
- Access to free eye tests and where appropriate, contribution towards spectacles
- Occupational Health Service available to advise on work related health issues
- Discounted gym membership & You at Work discounts
- Cycle to work scheme/Rent deposit scheme, buy additional annual leave
If you would like further information about the role, please contact Mohammed Jolil Head of Service for Early Help Children and Family Service at Mohammed.Jolil@towerhamlets.gov.uk
All applications should be made via our online application system, no CV’s or alternative forms of applications are accepted.
Closing date for applications: 25/09/2022
Shortlisting to occur week beginning 26/09/2022
Interviews week commencing 03/10/2022
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.