Group Manager - Children Looked After

West Sussex County Council
West Sussex
£40,000 - £49,999
07 Dec 2018
09 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job title: Group Manager - Children Looked After
Directorate: Children and Family Services
Salary: £48,423 - £51,284 depending on experience
Contract type: Permanent, full-time
Location: Two posts; one based at Horsham, one based across Bognor Regis and Worthing
Application closing date: 31/12/18 - please do not wait for the closing date to submit your application, as we will arrange interviews as soon as applications are received.

These posts are eligible for a £15,000 retention payment over 5 years, as part of our new retention initiative.

With you, with the child, every step of the way

Here in West Sussex we are changing how we do things and have created a dedicated Children Looked After service. We have embedded Signs of Safety as our practice model, underpinned by developmental Trauma and Attachment Theory and Practice. We have an in-house Therapeutic assessment and Intervention Team and are currently developing an Integrated Children’s Psychology Service, as well as working closely with the multi-agency High Risk Adolescent Service and Leaving Care Service.

We are looking for experienced managers to join us as Group Managers – we currently have two vacancies; one post is based in Horsham, managing two Children Looked After teams and our Child Asylum Team. The second post will manage three Children Looked After teams based in Worthing and Bognor Regis. The post-holders will directly line-manage three Practice Managers and an Advanced Practitioner.

As a Group Manager, you will be child-centred and passionate about ensuring our most vulnerable children are supported to achieve their full potential. You will be an innovative and creative manager who is capable of leading and developing dedicated teams to perform at the highest level. You will be solution focussed with the ability to lead and manage change, be reflective and analytical in your approach to supporting your teams, as well as being able to build positive working relationships with children and young people, partner agencies and carers as well as respectfully challenge when appropriate.

You will be able to work on your own initiative but also perform as part of a wider senior management team. You will be a confident and competent manager who has an excellent understanding of the statutory requirements relating to children looked after and keeping children safe.

What you will need to succeed:

•A Social Work qualification and management experience is essential
•Knowledge of Care proceedings and Children Looked After
•You’ll be an enthusiastic and inspirational manager, with at least 3 years experience

What we offer:

•29 days annual leave per year in addition to Bank Holidays
•A generous defined benefit pension scheme
•Opportunities for training and development

For an informal conversation or further information regarding these roles, please contact Pauline Barrett at or on 0330 222 7819.

To apply, upload your CV and covering letter explaining what makes you a great Social Worker and the skills you can bring to the role. Please ensure any gaps in employment are covered on your CV.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, HCPC registration, references & health check.

You must be able to travel throughout the county including to locations that are not always accessible by public transport.

For further information about Children’s Social Care at West Sussex and to see our staff talk about what it’s like to work with us, please see our site

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