Social Worker - Team Manager - Childrens (MM2)

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JOB DESCRIPTION Post Title Team Manager Present Grade MM2 Group Children's Services Section Children in Need Reports to (Title) Service Manager PURPOSE OF JOB: Common Purpose: To manage the effective delivery of the specified service and ensure children remain safe. To work closely with managers across functions to ensure an integrated strategic approach and to work in partnership. To contribute to the development and implementation of the Group's service strategy, its performance and in its contribution to the Council's objectives. To maintain the development and implementation of a positive performance management culture within the Group. To manage within a quality and equalities framework based on Council policy and performance targets, professional standards and best practice. Contribute to the development and delivery of services in a manner that reflects the diversity of the Group's users and staff. To manage within a cash limited budget and adhere strictly to the Councils standing orders and financial regulations. To work in partnership with other council groups, external agencies and organisations and the voluntary sector. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: This post is responsible for the supervision of a team of social workers. Supervision will include setting targets, monitoring individuals performance and generally ensuring good practice. To plan staffing requirements for the service ensuring the relevant skills are available to meet he needs of the service. Deputise for the Service Manager, as appropriate. DUTIES: The post holder shall support and be accountable to the Service Manager in carrying out the following duties: Common accountabilities: Ensure that the Council's HR policies and procedures are implemented, including the scheme of delegation and that good employee relations are maintained. Implement the Council's Health and Safety policies, procedures and practices by taking direct responsibility for the management of Health and Safety at Work and Emergency Planning within the unit. Ensure that the Council's finance policies are implemented and that standing orders and financial regulations are adhered to and that budgets are regularly monitored and all expenditure is contained within the units cash limit. Ensure all staff within the team are recruited, inducted, managed, appraised and developed in accordance with Council policy. Undertake recruitment and selection within current legislation and Council Policies. Ensure that all staff are well supported and developed in accordance with group policy, have clear objectives and standards by which to work and work effectively with each other and the wider group. Support the Service Manager in maintaining effective links between the team and policy and performance core units to ensure management monitoring systems are implemented. To contribute to the Councils best value performance plan, ensuring appropriate links are maintained. To contribute to best value reviews as appropriate. To assist in the design and implementation of procedures, systems and information flow to maintain the productive and effective operation of the service. To be responsible for the delivery of accurate key data to relevant agencies within established deadlines and where appropriate providing commentary on performance, targets and associated plans for improvement. Implement and promote the Council's Equal Opportunities Policy. To participate in internal and external groups, representing the childrens and families division. Undertake complaints investigations as directed. Specific accountabilities: To ensure that children are seen on a regular basis, that they are safe and that their views, wishes and feelings are recorded at all times. To be responsible for the development and maintenance of best practice in social work within their team and ensure that staff are fully supported to enable them to attain this. To ensure that services are child-centred and responsive to individual need and provide value for money. To ensure that all supervisees receive frequent and regular formal supervision. To chair organisational meetings and panels, strategy meetings and looked after children reviews where necessary. To give guidance, advise and instruction to supervisees on complex childcare cases. To undertake regular audits of casework to ensure compliance with Council policies and procedures. To take a lead role in handling complaints within the social services complaints guidelines. To be responsible for ensuring that the team adheres to the councils financial and HR policies and procedures including the scheme of delegation and absence monitoring. To be responsible for ensuring that the team adheres to the councils health and safety policies. To ensure that current changes in legislation and childcare work practice are analysed and implemented. To receive supervision from the immediate line manager and to be assessed against agreed targets. To support the use of electronic data recording. Any other duties commensurate with the general level of responsibility to the post, as directed by the Head of Service and Assistant Director. ESSENTIAL HOW TESTED 1.DipSW or Equivalent Social Work qualification with GSCC registration. Substantial experience of post qualified social work within the field of statutory childcare. This experience must include significant exposure to child protection work and/or children looked after'. A/I 2.Knowledge and understanding of the Children Act 1989 and 2004 and related guidance, child development, major research findings with relevance to specialism, child protection procedures and risk to children. A/I/T 3.Proven ability to support the development and implementation of working processes and procedures, to write and present complex reports in accordance with statutory requirements. Demonstrable evidence of having formally supervised, supported and appraised social work staff engaged in such work. A/I/T 4.Proven ability to develop and sustain effective working relationships and partnerships within own division, other council groups and external agencies with competencies in chairing meetings including those of a multi disciplinary nature. A/I 5. Knowledge of the impact of discrimination on families and within the workplace and able to demonstrate strategies put in place to ensure equality of access and service delivery. A/I Listed below are the two desirable criteria DESIRABLE HOW TESTED 1.Evidence of having managed change within an organisation. A/I 2.Competent user of Information Technology (IT) including knowledge of Integrated Children's System. I/T If you match these requirements, please apply as usual. Elevate will send you an email, please open, click and action it and your application will be visible to the hiring organisation directly. Elevate provides a route to contract and contingent assignments across many skills areas by matching your profile to relevant jobs that our customers post to the platform. Please note that Elevate Direct is a software provider and not a recruitment agency. As such, Elevate is not involved in the recruitment processes for any employer, who uses the platform. Please contact employers directly through your Elevate profile with any queries related to your application.

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