Social Work Team Manager - Intervention and Planning Team
Purpose of Job:
To take day to day operational and financial responsibility for designated elements of the service, providing leadership and management and support to staff and ensuring that children's needs are assessed in a holistic and timely manner and that appropriate services are provided to meet their needs.
- Minimum of 3 years post qualifying experience within Children and Families; minimum 2 years management experience within a statutory role.
- Knowledge of:
- Child Care Legislation
- Regulations and standards of best practice
- Family Court proceedings
- Awareness of issues arising from child abuse inquiries
- Full driving license and ability to travel
- Out of hours on call as required.
- To be responsible to a Head of Service for the effective management of the team, and the provision of a professional, child centred service in accordance with the relevant regulations, legislation, guidance, codes of practice, police and procedures.
- To ensure that services are delivered in partnership with all key stakeholders so that children's assessed needs are met on a planned, holistic basis within a family setting whenever this is consistent with their best interests.
- To deal with complex issues creatively and effectively in order to develop a responsive and effective service for users, delivered within designated budgets.
- To develop specialist knowledge in the field for which the post carries management responsibility, acting as a resource to both peers and more senior colleagues.
- To work with the Heads of Service and Assistant Director Social Care in meeting all operational and strategic developmental demands on the service contributing to the management of the service as whole.
- To be responsible for receiving, assessing, allocating, reviewing and closing cases. To keep abreast of developments in all the cases covered by the team.
- To assess the level of risk and/or service to be offered to users, ensuring that the highest priority work is allocated and that the safety and wellbeing of the child is secured. This includes making decisions about the immediate safety of children at risk of significant harm.
- To provide professional supervision to members of the team.
- To develop and maintain effective working relationships with relevant statutory and independent sector agencies e.g. teachers, doctors, psychiatrists, health visitors, police officers, requiring the capacity to advice and influence as appropriate.
- To chair or participate in reviews and meetings attended by users as well as by colleagues and representatives of other agencies, as above. Also to represent the Family Service and the wider Children's Service at meetings both within and outside the Council.
- To provide information, including written reports, to ensure effective service delivery and to influence strategy development.
- To take lead responsibility for the development and ongoing implementation of children's plans within the relevant service area.
- To secure services for children, their families and across the Service as needed, and in accordance with the relevant schedules of delegated authority.
- To co-ordinate and manage care proceedings as required, ensuring that reports and statements are produced to a high standard and within the agreed deadlines, instructing Counsel and Council solicitors as appropriate and representing the council in court.
- To investigate and prepare replies to Freedom of Information requests and Members' enquiries, and to deal with complaints according to corporate procedures.
- To provide a responsive service to emergency situations ensuring the safety and well being of the child. This may involve working outside core hours and being available for discussion, advice and decision making.
- To secure good outcomes for children and the most efficient use of the council's resources.
- To maximise the participation of children, their families and other carers in service and care planning.
- To promote the role of the council as corporate parent.
- To promote equality of opportunity for users in accessing the services provided.
- To plan, control and monitor all income and expenditure within the terms of the budget holding responsibilities of this post and promote a culture of value for money.
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