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Team Manager

Organisation:Leicestershire County Council 

Working Hours: Full Time , Hours per week - 37 

Salary:(£40,701 – £44,964 plus £3,000 market premium) 

Appointment Type:Permanent 

Location:County Hall or Locality Offices, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE 

Reference:CYP1117 

Closing date:31 May 2020 at midnight 


We have vacancies in the following teams/service areas:
  • First Response Children’s Duty –1 Full time post
  • Locality South – 2 Full time posts
  • Children in Care Service – 1 Full time post
  • Disabled Children’s Service – 1 Full time post
 
Please state team preference in your application form.
  
If you are interested in these posts read on………
   
About Us:
At Leicestershire County Council we are committed to doing our very best for vulnerable children and families; working to make a positive impact on their lives so they can achieve their potential and flourish.
 
We are now looking for new staff as we are in the process of expanding our service areas following a successful ’growth bid’. This additional funding will help us to deliver on our commitment to reduce workloads across Leicestershire improving the work/life balance of our staff. This is an exciting time in Leicestershire! If you are interested in joining a strong and ambitious team and see yourself as a high calibre manager read on!
 
We want all our staff to be inspired to go the extra mile. We are doing our best to create the sort of culture where practice excellence can flourish. We want to learn from what works, as much, if not more, than from when things go badly – we are ambitious to create a true ‘learning organisation. So…
 
  • Every year we run three annual conferences for staff to motivate and encourage them to be the best they can be.
  • Our ‘bottom line’ is that every month each team sets aside time for team learning.
  • Each month team managers attend a ‘learning set’.
  • We are introducing reflective supervision and growing group supervision skills
  • Twice a year our senior leaders take a week out spending time with social workers observing practice and talking to young people and parents and carers about their experience of services.
  • We have given all HCPC registered workers three extra CPD days.
  • Our training offer to social workers is refreshed each year (and is highly valued by our staff).
  • We have a team dedicated to supporting practice excellence who work alongside practitioners offering training and coaching and mentoring to build practitioner confidence
  • We have an explicit practice framework providing a strong foundation for our work with families – setting out the way we ‘do business in Leicestershire’ and making our values and principles absolutely clear.
  • We have embedded the Signs of Safety approach across Social Care and our early help teams and all our teams are trained in this methodology. The approach is now used sub-regionally and there is a strong support network in place in the area.  
  • Our Practice Development Group was established to develop the idea of ‘distributed leadership’ helping staff to collaborate on aspects of practice development.
   
If Leicestershire sounds like an interesting place to work - take a look at our current vacancies.
    
Generally:
We take a whole service approach and have exciting opportunities to join our group of team managers in various locations.  
   
In all service areas you are expected to work closely with colleagues across team and agency boundaries to ensure that families get the most appropriate level of support.  At all stages of intervention, you are expected to remain focused on what difference you are making. Signs of Safety is the expected practice methodology.
   
Staff workloads are manageable, and these continue to improve. Managers and staff all have regular monthly supervision. You will be responsible for providing leadership and management oversight to your team of social workers and accountable for how work is delivered.  You will use performance data and audit to drive improvement and ensure that interventions are timely and consistently good quality.   We want you to feel you are part of a wider management team and you are expected to attend regular wider management team meetings with the senior team and Assistant Director.
  
Specific Roles:
   
First Response service (based centrally at County Hall). 
You will be joining a strong service which has benefited from investment and a comprehensive review pf process. Managers work across our screening and assessment groups with small staff teams of up to six. We have recently been granted funding for an extra team enabling us to achieve timely assessments and manageable workloads.   Our Team Managers are supported by a Senior Practitioner in each team who work with social workers to ensure that incoming work is carefully considered and decision making robust and child focused. The Permanent Service Manager focuses on quality, standards and performance.
 
The Team Manager post is in one of our 5 Assessment Teams and benefits from a group of experienced and stable permanent managers who will support you in your induction into this post.
    
Locality Child in Need and Child Protection services (based North and South of the County over 4 locality offices).  
You will be joining a service which provides a locality-based offer to children who are subject to CIN and CP plans including where Court proceedings are instigated.  A POD model is in place and you will have the support of other team managers and Senior Practitioners. You will lead practice using the Signs of Safety approach and will be provided with training. Additional support services are in place to enhance the quality of intervention provided by the social workers in this service area.  A locally based Service Manager provides oversight and guidance on high risk cases and provide focus on quality, standards and performance across the locality. 
   
Children in Care and Care Leavers Service (based centrally at County Hall).
Are you driven to work within a team and a service to support children in care?  Are you aspirational and believe all children and young people have potential?  You do?!!
   
Then I look forward to receiving your application for the post of Team Manager for Children in Care! 
    
Our young people are a true inspiration and our teams are hardworking and child focused.  You will work alongside other team managers within the service to maintain high performance as well as developing staff you manage.  You will work in challenging times so will need to be resilient and enable staff to develop their potential as well as the children and families.  Creativity in terms of supporting young people and families is important. 
We don't want to do what we have always done or we will always get what we always got! 
   
If you would like to discuss this opportunity then please contact Angie on the details below.
   
Disabled Children’s Service
This is a county-wide service working with disabled children who are supported as Children in Need; children subject to Child Protection Plans; Looked After; as well as children and young people making the transition into Adult Services. There are two teams made up of social workers and childcare support workers, and a team of occupational therapists; each has a Team Manager and Senior Practitioner.  Staff across all SEND services work closely together to support disabled children and their families.
    
Who we are looking for
  • You will be an energetic and enthusiastic social work manager who is able to share your enthusiasm and passion for practice with those you manage.
  • You will have extensive experience of working in statutory children’s services and an in depth understanding of the interventions required to build safety and protect children from harm.
  • You will be able to evidence your skills and knowledge of creative, innovative and relationship-based social work and demonstrates your ability to lead and manage a skilled workforce.
  • We definitely want people with energy and people who have a ‘can- do’ attitude; we want people who will help us to build a real culture of reflection and learning and who can support our Social Workers to be the best that they can be. We want team players!
  • We want managers who already see themselves as practice leaders and understand the role they have in nurturing good practice and who are going to contribute to the next phase of our collective development.
  • You will have a strong and credible professional reputation.
  • You will be confident in your supervisory skills and over the years and ready to oversee and protected learning time for your team – ensuring they make the most of their CPD time
  • You have retained a strong interest in research and the evidence base for practice and are confident about how this can be used in practice
  • Ideally you will already be confident in the application of the Signs of Safety methodology but certainly in the value of relationship-based social work.
    
We hope this sounds like you!
     
Our salaries are competitive (£40,701 – £44,964 plus £3,000 market premium) but we know from our own staff that there are other reasons to come to Leicestershire. We hope you agree. We look forward to hearing from you!
    
Interviews will take place WC 8th June.
   
For more about working in Leicestershire go to:
   
For further information about our services areas:
   
For more information about our current vacancies please contact Wendy Collins, Service Manager on 0116 3054949.
   
By the Way  
    
A Few More Benefits of working In Leicestershire….
  • Child care vouchers
  • Well regarded employee counselling services
  • Free car parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Paid HCPC
  • Lease car scheme
  • Option to purchase of additional leave
  • Discounts at high-street stores and supermarket shopping
 
Special offers on leisure activities and gym memberships
                
This post is the subject of an Enhanced DBS check.
      
Please see the Job Description / Person Specification which are attached further down on this page.
                     
We particularly welcome applicants from black, minority, ethnic (BME) communities, disabled people and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities, as they are currently under represented within our workforce. 
            
For further information about working for Leicestershire County Council, please click here.
                
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