Team: Early Help Locality South
Job Family: Enabling (M) - CBG14
Salary: £48,659 - £51,915 per annum
Hours: 37 hours per week
Location: Working from home and any CBC offices, including Priory House, Shefford. You will be expected to attend a CBC office location on a monthly basis, and as needed to carry out your role
Contract Type: Hybrid - Fixed Term, 12 months
Closing Date: 9th October 2022
Interview Date: w/c 17th October 2022
Central Bedfordshire is an ambitious authority, determined to be an exemplary one. Our strategic location and high quality of life mean we are one of the fastest growing areas in the country.
As a council we face the same challenges every business does - investing in the right places and delivering great results. Except for us, it’s all about our 289,000 residents. We’re totally focussed on helping to improve their lives and making Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work.
This is a great time to join us on our journey.
About the role
Here in Children’s Services, we aim to keep all children safe, give every child excellent care and provide a promising future. There has never been a more exciting time to join us as we strive to become an outstanding service for our children and families.
As a Practice Manager across the south of our region you will be expected to make a difference to the children and families we support. Your caring nature and passion for improving lives for children and young people in our leaving care and our early help teams will enable change for the better.
Your role will be to have oversight of safeguarding and statutory work as you lead a team of approximately 6 team managers. You will provide oversight and management of the delivery of our front-line services enabling the delivery of our direct intervention to children and families, ensuring that our thresholds are met, clear and consistent.
As well as managing a group of services you’ll be accountable for managing other resources such as budgets. Your influence will shape and direct outcomes as you work as part of a wider team of Practice Managers who work closely with internal and external partners.
Being a qualified Social Worker is a must together with relevant and substantial experience you should be able to demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively whilst challenging professionals to ensure we are able to achieve great outcomes.
You will be working as part of a successful established team and have a positive and flexible attitude towards change as the service develops.
Join a Council which values you as an individual and supports your personal career development, we will invest in you. In return we will also offer an attractive benefits package, excellent IT support plus hybrid ways of working that may help support your wellbeing and lifestyle.
What we can offer you
As well as joining a friendly, dedicated, and hardworking team you will have access to numerous benefits, including:
- Hybrid working arrangements as appropriate. We recognise the importance of supporting our employees to balance their home and work life and to be able to work in the most efficient way. As a hybrid worker you will be able to work from home with access to any CBC location.
- A £250 one off hybrid worker payment, helping you achieve a safe and suitable work space at home
- Support to work from abroad for up to a month a year where appropriate
- Social Work England registration fees paid annually (for qualified social workers in adults and children's inc snr pracs, Team Managers where qualification required)
- Generous family friendly policies and practices
- A supportive and inclusive environment that values and celebrates differences
- Staff network and support groups
- Annual leave allowance 24 days + statutory holidays rising to 31 days with length of service.
- Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). This is a valuable part of our rewards package for employees and includes Life Assurance: click here
- An Employee Assistance Programme offering support to all employees through workplace changes as well as other work, family and personal issues
- Training and Learning offer – we have access to hundreds of courses and role specific training is also available
- Access to discounts from local and national retailers
Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.
Our aspiration is to be a truly flexible employer. We welcome discussion on location, hours and working pattern as part of the application process.
You will be expected to demonstrate how you meet the key accountabilities and competencies detailed within this Recruitment Pack
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Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.
Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to improving the diversity of our workforce to better reflect the communities we serve. Therefore we welcome applications from everyone. In addition we are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.
To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline.
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