Disability Social Work Team Manager, Children's Social Care - Rotherha
Disability Social Work Team Manager, Children's Social Care - Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Children and Young People's Services
Salary details: Up to GBP47,108 (includes basic salary of GBP43,821 + an annual retention payment of GBP3,287) & excellent benefits
Key benefits - Why work for Rotherham?
- Low case loads
- Strong support from Manager
- You will be developed into an excellent practitioner. All Social Care Professionals will be trained extensively in the 'Signs of Safety' operating model (15 day programme) and Restorative Practice approaches
- Early Help provision is strong, which is now reducing the demand for social care and supporting professionals with creative options for service users
- A new menu of 'edge of care' services are being developed, including 'Intensive Adolescent Response' and 'Family Group Conferencing'
- Investment has been secured to ensure our most challenging young people have access to high quality therapeutic support
- Looked After Children are prioritised for CAMHS assessment and intervention
- Career Pathway
- The opportunity to make a real difference to the children and families in need of care
ABOUT THE TEAM
Rotherham is striving to become a child centred borough - as such we are caring and committed corporate parents to all children in our care. In Rotherham we have a dedicated service for children and young people with disabilities. We recognise the importance of providing a highly specialised service from the first point of social work contact, and throughout the child's journey including undertaking work with looked after children and preparation for adoption.
This dedicated and passionate team use a range of communication tools, from iPads to Makaton to ensure that the child's voice is heard throughout their journey. The Team endeavour to create a learning culture, working with children with disabilities as part of a multi-agency SEND hub. The team is based alongside specialist education and health services and undertake work as part of a multi-disciplinary team around the child.
The team are supported by a specialist disability family support team who support Social Work intervention by providing targeted interventions, an early help service and a Short Breaks and brokerage service.
The team structure has a Service Manager with three Team Managers. The Social Work Managers manage a team of 5 social workers ranging from Newly Qualified to Advanced Practitioner, so you know the level of support and supervision provided will be second to none.
Refreshed with new leadership, providing a strong focus for children and improving the quality of the service, there has never been a better time to join the team. We are passionate about championing the needs of children and young people with disabilities and are determined to ensure that their voices are always heard and taken into account.
We will deliver on this promise to children and young people with disabilities - will you?
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
With new leadership in place and a heartfelt pledge to provide a best practice centre of excellence, we are committed to cultivating a positive, performance-led culture underpinned by plenty of support at all levels. Increasing the number of our teams and upgrading our systems we have reduced caseloads and paperwork, giving our staff more time to dedicate to building relationships that matter. We are confident that you will be joining an organisation that is rewarding in every sense. And most importantly, that will serve our community to the highest possible standards.
Our Team Managers lead social worker teams within Children's Social Care. As such they are the lynch pins in our organisation: leading and supporting our people in the field and carrying out the day-to-day management of child protection services to children and young people. Reporting to Service Managers, our Team Managers play a crucial role, dealing with staff at all levels, interpreting and communicating feedback and providing an important, positive interface for their practitioners, in a multi-agency environment. We are confident that you will be joining an organisation that is rewarding in every sense, for every individual. And most importantly, that will serve our community to the highest possible standards.
We have invested in training programmes and set out a clear career development pathway. From continuing your professional development with ongoing, practical training, to reaching senior management levels, at Rotherham there is a definite ladder to be climbed for those with talent and ambition. In return we are looking for a real commitment to making a difference to the children and families in need of our care.
This is a fantastic opportunity for experienced, flexible and dedicated social workers in a managerial role, to really make a difference to children in need of our protection.
You will have experience of managing a team within a child protection service
You will have experience of working with children with disabilities
You will be able to take a key role in planning and improving services
You will be used to undertaking workload and caseload reviews
You will be empathetic and sensitive to the needs of those reporting to you, treating people with fairness and respect
You will know how to measure and monitor to ensure everyone performs at their best
You will be robust enough to deal with complaints or incidents diplomatically
You will be an influential negotiator when dealing with potential conflict
You will have a knack for communicating complex messages in a straightforward way
You will not be afraid to think outside the box to solve problems
You will be capable of making decisions even when there is uncertainty
You will see the big picture and be open to working with others
You will be skilled at engaging with others and building constructive working relationships
You will be passionate about maximising a child's life chances
You will care
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