Staffordshire County Council

Team Manager

Grade 12 - £48,682 - £52,721 per annum
25 Jul 2022
12 Aug 2022
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Job title: Children’s Social Work Team Manager

Business area: Children's Services 

Location: Children in Care and Care Leavers team, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 6HQ

Salary:  Grade 12 - £48,682 - £52,721 per annum

Working Pattern: 37 Hours per week | Full time | Flexible working – we’re happy to discuss options with you

Life-changing work.

Game changing support. 

Our role

As a team manager you’ll be responsible for your team of Senior Practitioners, Social Workers and Family Support staff, leading, coaching, and supporting them to deliver for our communities ensuring we meet the needs of our children, young people and their families.

You’ll be:

  • Leading on the delivery of the statutory responsibilities of the Authority relating to children’s safeguarding (in the broadest sense) under the Children and Families Act 2017 and it’s contextual framework through Working Together 2015 and other relevant legislation e.g. Education Act 1996, Children Act 1989, Adoption & Children Act 2006
  • Look after the day to day practice and the safe allocation of work and to ensure these are progressed in accordance with the statutory frameworks (as applicable)
  • Make sure professional practice and supervision is delivered throughout the team following the principles of the knowledge and skills statements for social workers and in line with Children and Social Work Act 2017.4
  • Look for ways we can improve through audits and quality assurance, identifying needs for training; benchmarking and where needed you’ll interpret legislation and then ensure this is trained out and understood across your team
  • You’ll sometimes need to Investigate and respond to complaints and you’ll look after MP enquiries and complex case enquiries e.g. involvement in serious case reviews or learning reviews
  • You’ll participate and work in partnership through relevant boards, e.g. LSCB, partnership committees, locality arrangements and other meetings as necessary
  • Work with local, regional, national, and multi-agency partnerships to influence, support and maintain best practice
  • Share information with partners and stakeholders to meet legal requirements and support the effective provision of the safeguarding of children and young people.
  • You’ll ensure effective management and use of all available resource including staff and finance making sure they are regulatory compliant and in accordance with SCC’s guidance.

What you’ll bring

You’ll need to be:

  • A qualified Social Worker
  • Ideally with an additional qualification in a related area, or you’ll be able to demonstrate skills, knowledge, and ability such as being a Practice Educator
  • Experience leading and coaching others
  • Have excellent supervision skills and an ability to enable practitioners to utilise reflective practice, so, perhaps you’ve coached and mentored other Social Workers before and you find developing others comes naturally to you
  • Be confident in your knowledge of legislation, policies, and procedures to ensure you can guide and advise the team effectively
  • Be a good communicator, able to build relationships with and influence all types of stakeholders, from those colleagues in your team to external bodies and senior leadership
  • You’ll be able to deal with conflicting demands and deadlines but your experience so far within Social Work will have prepared you for what to expect

And above all, you’ll bring the desire to work with children and families to give them the right support, at the right time with the aim of keeping families together where it’s safe to do so.

Our benefits & offer to you

Making sure you are well supported and given the opportunity to develop in this role is a high priority. Your District Operational Lead will support you as you transition into the role as will other team managers to offer guidance and support. We know if you succeed, so will your team and we know this is a great way to develop our managers for the future.

Plus, there’s also all these other benefits too when you work with Staffordshire:

  • Generous holiday entitlement from 24 up to 33 days (plus 8 bank holidays and 2 extra statutory days) depending on job role and length of service. That’s a minimum of 34 days annual leave
  • The option to buy up to an additional 2 weeks annual leave per year
  • Vivup benefits platform access which offers a whole range of lifestyle, retail, travel & shopping discounts and offers
  • A range of flexible working options, depending on your job role, which includes agile working, flexible retirement
  • Family Friendly Policies - maternity, adoption, paternity and parental leave
  • An excellent local government pension scheme Volunteering Scheme Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring
  • Access to health and wellbeing support (including Occupational Health, Physiotherapy and Counselling Services)
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Car lease scheme / cycle & car loan scheme / employee car share scheme
  • Bus and rail travel discounts

So, how do I apply?

Just click on the ‘Apply’ button.

If you do have technical issues please contact and the team will help you.

Closing Date: 12 August 2022, however we’ll be doing rolling recruitment so it’s best to apply as soon as possible
Interview Date: asap following your completed application

For more information please contact Tracey Challinor District Lead, she’ll be happy to help or visit our website for more information about our Children’s services approach Children’s social work – Together, we’ll improve lives - Care in Staffordshire (

Our recruitment process

As you’ll know safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people/vulnerable adults is important to us and that’s why this position is subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service. If applicable you should disclose details of unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.

How will we store your details?

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Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities. As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, we offer a guaranteed interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.  

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