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 email@example.com
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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