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Team Manager Fostering
  • Employer: Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Reference: CSC/22/221041
  • Published: Tue 29/11/2022, 11:31 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 12/12/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: Grade K (SCP 40-41 £46,549-£47,573 per annum
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Magdalen House, Merseyside

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Team Manager Fostering


Team Manager – Fostering

There is no better time to join Sefton; we have a new Director in post and a permanent senior management team to support our ongoing improvement journey; alongside innovation, to include our new Social Work Academy which will support all our NQSWs and a 2-year partnership with Leeds Strengthening Families, Protecting Children Service to help us embed restorative practice approach across the partnership.  

The role

Sefton Fostering Service has 4 specialist teams and we currently have a team manager vacancy in our Kinship/SGO assessment team.  The team is responsible for undertaking viability assessments, connected carer assessments and SGO assessments.   The successful person will have management responsibility for a team of assessing social workers and be expected to oversee the tracking and completion of family and friends related assessments within care proceedings and also pre-proceedings, ensuring all work is completed to a high standard.  Applicants should have a robust approach to reflective staff supervision and proven management experience or be ready to demonstrate that they are able to step up to this role. A knowledge and understanding of fostering services including fostering regulations and legislation, family and friends related assessments, care proceedings and fostering panel is essential. Please note that in order to apply for this post  you must be qualified and registered as a Social Worker with SWE and have post qualifying experience in safeguarding children.

We are keen to appoint the best Team Managers as we know how important management stability, oversight and supervision is for our teams and our work with children, young people, families, and carers. We have a supportive culture and good relationships with our multi-agency partners which will enhance your experience with us.

What we require from you:

  • Social Work Degree or equivalent Social Work Qualification
  • Current registration with Social Work England
  • A commitment to working transparently; in partnership with children, families, and partner agencies
  • High aspirations for cared for children
  • An understanding of Corporate Parenting principles
  • Management experience is not essential but is desirable
  • Supervisory/ mentoring experience
  • Knowledge of childcare legislation, statutory guidance, and best practice research
  • Knowledge of the Assessment Framework and ability to assess risk and need
  • Analytical report writing skills and the capacity to support the development of others in this area
  • Ability to make child centred, complex decisions, using evidence-based tools and analysis
  • Ability to understand and demonstrate a commitment to equality and diversity
  • Ability to work as a team alongside other managers to achieve best outcomes
  • Commitment to your own personal development and professional growth

Our offer to you:

If you join our Cared for Children service as a Team Manager, you can expect to receive the following:

  • A warm Sefton welcome
  • A comprehensive induction programme
  • Support from Team Manager colleagues and an experienced Service Manager
  • Good quality, regular, reflective supervision
  • Manageable caseloads for your team who will be made up of experienced workers
  • A wide variety of career progression routes bespoke to individual training and development needs as identified in annual PDRs
  • Senior Social Worker progression and practice educator programmes in partnership with HEIs
  • Excellent training and development opportunities including a wide-ranging offer from our in-house workforce training and development unit as well as access to a number of external accredited opportunities
  • Partnership with Research in Practice, providing access to online webinars, podcasts and materials linked to the latest research and policy updates to support your CPD and inform evidence-based reports
  • 27 days annual leave rising to 32 days with 5 years continual service and 8 bank holidays
  • 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
  • Commitment to supporting staff’s emotional and mental health with access to a free and confidential employee counselling service
  • Discounted gym membership with all Active Sefton gyms
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice schemes including childcare vouchers
  • Access to local benefits and discounts on products and services
  • Relocation package as appropriate