Are you able to lead relationship-based practice?
Can you provide support and containment for social workers so that they can deliver excellent practice that makes a difference for families?
Can you help us to become an anti-racist organisation?
The role of pod manager is to lead a social work team to deliver high quality safeguarding and care services, to children in need and their families.
For further information on this role please contact Julie Dreher (Head of Service) on Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org or 07717 303087
About the role
“Social workers’ morale is high and they enjoy working in Brighton & Hove.”
(Ofsted’s ILACS report)
We have developed a whole system that provides containment for social workers so that they can build ongoing relationships with families and use these relationships to make a difference for children and young people. This system is made up of small teams, or pods, of workers who get to know each other and the families they are supporting.
Seven years ago, we re-designed our Children’s Social Work service based on feedback from families, young people and our practitioners. The changes we introduced have had a positive impact for social workers and their ability to provide consistent and purposeful support to children and young people. The principles behind our model and how we have brought about positive change are subject to an ongoing evaluation. This was published as a report with the University of Sussex’s Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research in July 2017 – ‘Empathy, tenacity & compassion'.
We are seeking to appoint a pod manager who can promote our relationship-based model of practice, in their management and leadership of a social work pod. You will be responsible for a team of social workers, who will be working with families from assessment through to child in need or child protection plans, court proceedings, children in care, adoption and permanence.
You will need to have extensive social work experience, as well as experience in management or supervision. You will need to be able to support the learning and development of social workers, focus on outcomes for families, and help to embed our relationship-based model of management.
Our pod model is based on providing emotional containment for social workers and, as well as not using agency social workers, we have developed a supervision model which includes weekly group supervision, 1:1 supervision, and Reflective Practice Groups for practitioners and managers at every level.
We have recognised that we need to do further work to support families and communities who experience racism in the city and to support our staff from Black, and Global Majority communities. As a council we have made a commitment to being an anti-racist organisation and we have set up an Anti-Racist Project to make sure we achieve this within children's social work services. We have also appointed a Lead Practitioner for Anti-Racist Practice and we are one of the Local Authorities implementing the Workforce Race Equality Standards for social care. We would particularly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Black, Asian or from the Global Majority.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
Part office / part home – hybrid - We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.
Working arrangements are subject to Government guidance at the time. Your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team and travel to and from your contractual location would be at your own expense.
For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (brighton-hove.gov.uk)
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
Encouraging a diverse workforce
Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.
Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).