Team Manager (Fostering)

Hays Social Care
35.00 GBP Hourly
05 Jul 2017
18 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

A new contract opportunity for a Fostering Team Manager

Team Manager (Fostering Service)
Milton Keynes

Your new company
Hays are working with a fantastic, innovative and forward thinking company in Milton Keynes who are looking for a Team Manager within the Fostering Service.

Your new role
A temporary assistant Team Managers vacancy has arisen in the fostering service for an experienced manager with demonstrable experience of raising standards in compliance and practice in provider services. The post will report to the Head of Service and will be responsible for foster-carer household reviews; family finding and progressing permanency; case file auditing and improving practice. You will also be expected to act as advisor to the adoption and fostering panel. A proven record for improvement in fostering & adoption services is required along with experience at team management level.

To achieve this you will:

  • Use a range of interventions with families to support children in need and at risk to live safely within their family wherever possible.
  • Work in partnership with key agencies, ensuring collaboration and information sharing for the benefit of the child.
  • Effectively manage and supervise a team of social workers, social work assistants and child care professionals. You will ensure casework is allocated and monitored across the team's area of responsibility.
  • Ensure budgetary guidelines are adhered to by team members through supervision and applying appropriate challenges to workers who make requests for services.
  • Assessments, care planning and case work reviews are conducted in line with legislation, agreed national standards and performance targets are met.
  • Undertake staff performance tasks as directed by the team manager to ensure staff performance conforms to the required professional and performance standards, including full electronic recording of work on ICS.
  • Make sure decision making is based on evidence and analysis on what will most benefit the child

What you'll need to succeed
Children's social care operates within an interagency framework, engaging with service providers within the council and with external agencies and organisations. The post holder will need to work closely with these colleagues and may be required supervise any staff working within multi-agency teams as appropriate

  • Social work qualification (DipSW, CQSW, Degree in social work or equivalent)
  • Post qualification award in subjects related to child or family work
  • Registered with the GSCC or application for registration
  • Specialist knowledge of child care issues, legislation and policy and research (some of which may be team specific)
  • Ability to analyse, summarise and write/ record relevant information clearly and concisely so that it is easily understood by users and colleagues
  • Very good verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to prioritise work and achieve deadlines
  • Able to allocate work and ensure resources available are utilised to meet demand effectively without delay
  • Ability to develop and sustain partnership with other professionals and agencies through trust and credibility
  • Able to chair inter agency meetings, legal planning meetings, and argue case cogently in court and with partner agencies Ability to question, challenge, solve problems and complete tasks
  • Assessment skills - ability to demonstrate understanding of process and evidence of ability to apply skills
  • Able to analyse complex information and make decisions for team members in high risk situations
  • Able to make considered decisions, analyse and evaluate complex information in high risk situations
  • Able to support and motivate staff to deliver changes in practice, team structures and joint working in line with local and national requirements
  • Must be self-motivating and able to make difficult decisions and support staff in complex work, supervise and appraise staff, within a framework.
  • Takes responsibility for the team, under guidance of team manager, the service delivered and the decisions made
  • High level skills and knowledge in managing and motivating professional staff in a complex work area and environment
  • Responsible, under the team manager's guidance, for the effective deployment and management of the team's financial and staffing resources

What you'll get in return
You will get the chance to experience a rewarding, interesting environment alongside an attractive hourly rate.

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