Service Manager - Targeted Early Help

£51,945 - £55,199 per annum plus the possibility of up to £6,500 relocation allowance
17 Nov 2021
28 Nov 2021
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Sandwell Children’s Trust are on an exciting adventure with Sandwell Safeguarding Children’s Partnership in transforming the way we support families outside of statutory intervention.

The Trust are recruiting a Children’s Service Manager for our Targeted Early Help Service. The Service Manager will be responsible for our six locality Targeted Early Help Teams and the Young Parents Service.

The Service Manager will also be responsible for the Targeted Early Help offer the Trust delivers as well as supporting the Strategic Lead for Early Help in developing effective working relationships with partners across the borough with statutory, voluntary and community sectors.

Each Targeted Early Help teams consist of a Team Manager, Senior Family Support Workers and Targeted Family Support Workers as well as a Domestic Abuse Advocate and Supporting Families Employment Advisor. The Service Manager will be responsible for the oversight of each Targeted Early Help Team at a senior level, ensuring clear objectives are set and risk is managed and assessed appropriately.

In addition to excellent career progression opportunities, with a clear and supported development path, we also offer agile working, with flexible and family friendly policies, that have a work/life balance at their core, plus lots, lots more…as you can see below.

About the role:-

The Service Manager will be part of the Operational Management Team within the Trust and will work together to ensure performance and professional standards are of the highest quality. The Service manager will set strategic objectives and play a pivotal role in translating these in to a high-quality service area.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced and inspirational individual to join us at a critical point in our adventure, if you want to really make a difference in the lives of children and use your knowledge and experience to add value to our workforce then this is the perfect role for you.

Responsibilities and areas covered

  • To be a member of the Operational Leadership Team and support the Strategic Lead for Early Help, Director of Partnership, Chief Executive and Trust Board to ensure that there is a relentless focus on outcomes for the Children and Families of Sandwell.
  • Direct the operational management of the Targeted Early Help Service.
  • To support the Trust in providing a quality and cost-effective Early Help Service.
  • To provide strong professional and managerial leadership across the service area, including setting clear objectives and measures, managing performance and resources, and assessing impact/risk.
  • To work in partnership with the Strategic Lead for Early Help to ensure there is a whole system approach to safeguarding children.

About you: -

What you need to be successful in this role

  • Experience of managing an Early Help Service.
  • Significant management experience.
  • You will be creative and innovative thinker in how to deliver services to children and families.
  • You will be an inspirational leader who is able to demonstrate a track record of successful delivery and can perform well and bring out the best in people whilst in a challenging environment.
  • You will be commercially minded and able to make the most cost-effective decisions for the service with support of the Strategic Lead for Early Help.
  • Experience of managing and understanding financial issues related to local authorities and preventative services.
  • The ability to manage and motivate the departmental management team including the effective monitoring of performance.
  • Proven ability in relating to, engaging, negotiating with and influencing a wide range of audiences, and build positive relationships with key stakeholders.
  • You will have excellent knowledge of national and local policy contexts that affect services for children and families, including legislation.

So, if you think your future could lie in Sandwell, then we’d love to hear from you.

To apply, please click the APPLY button.

For more information on the role please contact Kate Griffiths via email -

Closing date for applications:  Sunday 28th November 2021

Sandwell Children's Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

An Enhanced DBS is required for this position.

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