Team Leader Social Worker - Child Protection

Recruiter
Day Webster
Location
Portsmouth
Salary
Up to £10,000
Posted
20 Nov 2020
Closes
20 Dec 2020
Ref
1834370948
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time
• You will join a team of Team Leaders based in the south of Portsmouth supporting Social Workers at ASYE, main and higher grade level. You will report to the Service Leader and will be based at the Civic Office.
• You will supervise a team of social workers supporting vulnerable children open to the department, subject to child in need or protection plans and Looked After Children. The role requires the individual to ensure all team requirements are met regarding:
- Staff development
- Performance management
- Compliance with statutory guidance and local policies and procedures
- Quality Assurance
- Budget management
- Embedding a restorative approach to practice
- Driving forward are improvement goals
• The Team Leader will be responsible for case planning through supporting social work staff to assess need and identify outcomes needed to safeguard the wellbeing of vulnerable children. This will be done through regular quality supervision, opportunities for reflective practice and the chairing of planning meetings. You will ensure that children are central to assessment, planning and intervention and that their views and the views of their parents/carers are properly embedded in all aspects of service planning and delivery.
• The Team Leader will offer scrutiny and challenge to social work staff so as to promote a creative and dynamic workforce committed to ever improving outcomes. The quality of work will be regularly reviewed and audited through reading case files, direct observation and getting feedback from service users and partner agencies.
• The Team Leader will lead by example having integrity, promoting equal access and having aspiration. You will create positive working relationships across the team, with other professionals and with children and their families.
• The Team Leader will have supervisory responsibility for approximately six social workers who you will support with a reflective and restorative approach to practice as well as encouraging work within the context of a Family Safeguarding approach.
• The Team Leader has responsibility for the quality of casework, performance management and staff development in their Team. The Team Leader will assist social work staff with the analysis to support recommendations for ICPCs, court proceedings and out of home placements.
• This post holder will seek the support of Service Leaders with decision making in crisis situations, and in the preparation of work for relevant decision making/resource allocation panels.
• The Team Leader will ensure the social workers are completing statutory tasks in a timely and quality way so as to meet the needs of vulnerable children to a high standard. This includes timely and accurate assessments that lead to effective plans of intervention that are implemented to effect increased safety and well-being for vulnerable children in Portsmouth
• Supervision of social workers is required to assist with decision making processes about social work intervention. The Team Leader will have the support of their Service Leader where decisions are complex, involve removing children from their home environment or have significant resource implications.
• The Team Leaders work with a range of partner agencies including Health, Education, Police, Housing and Community/ Voluntary services to co-ordinate, plan, commission and deliver services to vulnerable children in Portsmouth. This is necessary to meet the statutory requirements as defined in the Children Act 1989 and the Childcare Act 2004. The team leader will take a lead role in supporting the Locality Network meetings.
• Jointly with the Service Leader the Team Leader will promote staff performance, learning and development, supervision, appraisal, implementation of departmental policies and promoting staff well-being.
• The Team Leader will work within the resources available. Statutory guidance and local policies and procedures assist decision making, but the role requires experience and judgement to ensure standards and best practice are applied. The post holder is required to have a good professional knowledge and ability to ensure the safe delivery of services by a capable and competent workforce.
• Team Leaders work closely with professionals across the Children's and Adult's workforce delivering services to families. The Team Leaders will communicate directly with service users through the formulation of plans and in supporting social work staff with complex issues.