View Vacancy -- Team Manager - Assessment
About the Service
The Assessment Service is a dynamic service where social workers are encouraged to have various skill sets and thus as a team manager in this service, you are required to be multi-facet in reference to your skills and experiences. The Service takes cases from the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). As a team manager, you will ensure good quality management oversight, direction and supervision of all cases. You are a strong leader who demonstrates strong management and communication skills. You will ensure that social workers are well supported to do the tasks that they need to do to safeguard and promote the health and well-being of the children/young people of Haringey. We complete comprehensive Child and Family Assessments that identified robust plans that achieve the best outcomes for children and young people. We initiate Child Protection plans, Child in Need plans, as well as initiate proceedings in the family courts when required in order to keep children and young people safe.
The service consists of 1 No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) team and 4 Assessment teams, each led by a team manager managing up to 6 social workers, including 1 social in their ASYE.
We offer a competitive package which includes recruitment and retention payments (subject to terms and conditions), as well as learning and development opportunities. We work to the Signs of Safety model and are committed to embedding this in our practice.
You will be a qualified social worker with a minimum of 5 years’ post qualifying experience, preferably in a similar setting. You will have previous experience managing social workers but experience as a team manager within children’s social care is desirable. You will be highly organised and able to deliver to deadlines, and able to work independently whilst maintaining a team and whole service focus. Your knowledge and understanding of complex child safeguarding, alongside your strong grasp of relevant legislation will be second to none. You will have strong verbal and nonverbal communication skills. Thus, you will be confident chairing complex multiagency meetings strategy and professional meetings where required. You will have evidence of ongoing professional development, as well as either experience or a sound understanding of social worker supervision, change and budget management.
You will be responsible for the day to day management of the work allocated to your team, ensuring that this is completed to the highest standards and with the child’s welfare central to decision making. You will develop your team members by ensuring they receive regular, reflective case and personal supervision, and that service and corporate priorities are met. You will provide management cover within the Assessment Service when your colleagues are on leave. You will ensure that Human Resource policies and procedures are adhered to, including robustly and effectively addressing any performance, capability, sickness absence or similar issues. In all cases, you will ensure that concise and accurate records of your management decision making and direction is evidenced and communicated.
Above all, you will be committed to assisting the service to ensure that we are a forward thinking, responsive service which meets the diverse needs children, young people and their families in Haringey, by contributing to service and departmental strategies, policies and procedures.
Closing Date: Wednesday 11th March 2020
- Relevant Social Work qualification and HCPC registration
- Evidence of post-qualification continuing professional development
- A recognised management qualification or evidence of participation on an organisational leadership or management development programme