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Team Manager - Children with Disability Team (CDT)

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Elmwood Place
£49,590 - £55,859 per annum. Pay award pending. Incremental progression is subject to performance.
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

Job Details

37.0 Hours per Week


At Solihull Council, we pride ourselves on being a Council that is small enough to care, but big enough to make a difference.

We are on a transformational journey, designed to improve the experience of the children and families we work with. Children’s Services is our top priority within our Council Plan and we are placing children at the heart of all that we do.

We currently have a rare opportunity for an experienced and committed Team Manager to join our Children with Disability Team within Solihull Childrens Services. We are looking for exceptional candidates who are passionate about improving the lives of children, young people and their families at this critical time, here in Solihull.

You will be responsible for the leadership and management of a specialist social work team who work with children who have complex needs and require intensive intervention to ensure that their needs are met, and they can achieve their full potential.

In this highly rewarding role, the varied and diverse nature and complexity of the workload, working at levels 2, 3 and 4 including children who are subject of a Child in Need or Child Protection Plan, as well as those who are cared for by the Local Authority, will enable you and your team to really invest in the children and families you support; building strong relationships over time and allowing you to see the long-term positive impact of your hard work and dedication.

As the Team Manager, you will lead on operational developments alongside our SEND partners, as well as working with others to develop services in line with the wider SEND agenda. You will also lead a group of Assistant Team Managers, taking responsibility for the day to day operational management of a team of Social Workers and Family Support Workers, to ensure that children with disabilities and their families receive a responsive service that promotes and safeguards their welfare.

As a key part of the council leadership team, you will also have the opportunity to be creative, influence practice and promote a learning environment where team members can develop their skills, to enable them to do their job well and support children to achieve positive outcomes.

And due to our investment and commitment to ensuring additional resources are in place, our Social Workers have genuinely manageable caseloads, to ensure the best possible outcomes for our children, young people and their families.

You will be social work qualified, registered with Social Work England and you will have substantial post qualifying experience of practice with children, families and their carers.

You will also have:

  • Significant management experience working within a pressurised Childrens disability social work environment
  • Knowledge of relevant up to date relevant social work legislation, statutory guidance, theories and research and how it impacts on practice
  • PQ or Practice Teaching Accreditation
  • Excellent spoken and written communicate skills, to enable you build strong relationships with children, young people and their families / carers, as well as wider partners and voluntary agencies
  • A full driving license and access to a car, though reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants, where required.

In return, we will agree a bespoke personal development plan; you will have access to our high quality internal training programme and continuous professional development framework, to enable you to further develop your leadership skills within a friendly, professional working environment.

We are a small and friendly local authority with good relationships across the children’s social work service. We also have close partnerships across agencies in the borough, which allow for a culture of support, shared learning and mentoring between agencies.

Our team also enjoy a hybrid approach, working from both their home and our modern offices, as well as various flexible working arrangements and a generous benefits package that includes; competitive salaries and payment of SWE registration; a modern working environment; a staff discount scheme; and a strong focus on staff wellbeing, with access to our Employee Assistance programme.

So, if you are ready to lead our ambitious team – and make a tangible impact and positive difference to families’ lives – then we would be delighted to receive your application.

To apply, please click on the apply link.

Or to find out more about our Children’s Disability Team and all the great benefits of working in Children’s Services at Solihull Council please click here.

If you have a specific question regarding this vacancy please contact Anna Stephens, Head Of Service, at

Closing Date: 26th November 2023

Interview Date: 7th December 2023

This post will require an enhanced DBS and barring list check.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

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About Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council


Solihull is regarded as a popular and vibrant place to live in the UK. As one of the most prosperous towns in the Midlands, almost two thirds of our borough is designated as green belt. We have over 1,500 acres of parks across the borough, with 16 Green Flag Awards. Solihull is very well connected, with great transport links such as the M40, M42 and M6 all close by, and an excellent rail network, plus, of course, an international airport. We are home to the award-winning Touchwood Shopping Centre, National Exhibition Centre, Resorts World Birmingham, and the Resorts World Arena.

It is an exciting time for Solihull, although we are a relatively small local authority (c. 6000 employees), we still have ambitious plans including the development of UK Central and HS2.

Here at Solihull Council, we want to ensure that all our citizens have an equal chance to share in Solihull’s success. We do this by putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.

We recognise that our employees are the key factor in achieving our vision and as such, we are always on the lookout for talented individuals, who want to make a real positive difference to people’s lives and can help us to continue building on our success.

Both Smarter Ways of Working and Employee Wellbeing are key Council Priorities.

The transition to Smarter Ways of Working has presented us with the opportunity to re-think how and where we work. With the option to access portable technology, dependent upon the requirements of the role, a lot of our people are not bound to a single workplace or traditional ways of working, with many choosing to spend a good proportion of their week working from home.

tomOur people told us that they value flexibility, and that choice enables them to have a better work-life balance, manage family responsibilities, enhance their personal wellbeing, and continue to deliver excellent outcomes for the residents of Solihull.

Our people are our number one asset, and our aim is to have a healthy, happy engaged and thriving workforce.

Wellbeing is at the heart of our employee offer and we are a bronze accredited West Midlands Combined Authority Thrive at Work employer.  This recognises our commitment and action in support of employee wellbeing; we are currently working towards silver accreditation.

Unpaid carers carry out a key role within our community and know that this can be challenging when combined with employment.  Our Carer’s Policy and the ongoing support we give to our employees has resulted in us winning Employer of the Year 2022 at the Carer Friendly Awards.

We will offer you:

  • A friendly, supportive and inclusive working environment;
  • Competitive salaries including, for those at the top of their scale, the opportunity to receive a non-consolidated lump sum;
  • A range of flexible working options;
  • Annual leave starting at 25 days and rising to 30 days after 5 years' service in addition to public holidays with an opportunity to purchase up to 10 additional days' holiday per year;
  • A generous flexitime scheme (available for most roles);
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • A wide range of learning and development opportunities;
  • A range of family friendly policies;
  • Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme, confidential Employee Assistance Programme and staff discounts.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

As users of the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who demonstrate they meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

For roles eligible for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check this will be indicated in the advert and supporting recruitment documents.  Where the post involves working with children, other vulnerable groups or in a position of trust it is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  Further guidance is available at

Please note, where sufficient numbers of applications are received, we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date. We therefore advise that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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0121 704 6000
Council House
Manor Square
West Midlands
B91 3QB
United Kingdom

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