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Social Work Unit Manager (Mental Health Team)

City of Wolverhampton Council
Various locations across the City of Wolverhampton Council
£49,498 - £53,630 pro rata
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Social Worker Unit Manager – Mental Health Team

Grade 8 - £49,498 - £53,630 pro rata

18.5 hours Part time- Permanent

Be the social worker you want to be…

In Wolverhampton we are ambitious for our social workers, passionate about excellent, relational social work practice and courageous in our innovation, with leaders who are visible and responsive.

We need people like you who will support us to lead, inspire and embed a truly person-centred and strengths-based way of working in our teams.

At the award-winning City of Wolverhampton Council, we work restoratively with people, building strong relationships and making connections to help them find long-lasting solutions that are right for them using the Three Conversations© approach. At the heart of this way of working is having a meaningful conversation with a person, listening hard and being interested in what matters to them. But it’s also about innovation, creativity and professional autonomy.

Our vision in Adult’s Services is that the individuals we support will be at the centre of everything we do. We are committed to celebrating uniqueness and promoting independence, wellbeing and safety.

We are a forward-thinking, responsive organisation and want our social workers to spend their time building relationships with people and families to achieve real, sustainable change. We have a clear development pathway alongside a substantial training and development offer which is varied and responsive to practice challenges. Our senior managers and leaders are visible and take the time to listen to frontline employees.

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated and organised manager who will work hard and to high standards. This is an exciting and challenging role working in our culturally rich & diverse city.

There are 2.5 Social Work Unit Managers in the team whose roles are central to ensuring consistently safe practice, and in supporting and supervising social workers. You will be a professionally qualified social worker and Approved Mental Health Professional, as well as having extensive knowledge of mental health social work practice, The Care Act 2014 and mental health legislation. You will be required to liaise and work in partnership with other agencies, and have experience of working autonomously to make sound practice decisions in a busy team environment. You will need to demonstrate a commitment to the values and principles which underpin the social work profession, and possess strong leadership abilities.

If you are someone who is passionate and tenacious, wants to do the best job possible and is committed to excellent social work practice then we want to hear from you!

We will inspire, support and champion you so that you can be the social worker you want to be.

Join us…

We invite applications from suitably experienced and qualified individuals for Social Unit Manager positions in the above team.

You will:

  • Be dedicated to working directly with people with care and support needs and carers to ensure that their voices are heard, and they are supported to live their idea of a good life
  • Have a sound working knowledge of relevant legislation, such as the Care Act, Mental Capacity Act as well as key social work models and theories and evidence of application of this to practice
  • Be a qualified AMHP
  • Have strong analytical, assessment and negotiation skills
  • Have excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Have some experience of mentoring or supervising others and / or managing teams
  • Be passionate about making a difference and committed to strengths-based working
  • Be able to demonstrate you can work with colleagues and alongside service providers, police, health colleagues, voluntary partners and commissioners
  • Have strong interpersonal, communication and IT skills
  • Be registered with Social Work England
  • Have a vision for your own career development and clear plan for your future training needs
  • Have completed the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) or an equivalent post qualifying pathway

These posts are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

For your valued contribution we offer:

  • Fantastic learning and development opportunities, including access to Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA)
  • A Social Work CPD / Career Pathway which will support you to progress and develop as a social work leader
  • Permanent social workers will be able to claim back their Social Work England fees annually from December 2023
  • Reimbursement of Blue Light discount card membership fees
  • Regular informal and formal reflective supervision
  • Four vibrant and active employee networks including four staff equality forums (Race Religion and Belief; Disability and Age; Gender Maternity and Paternity and LGBT+)
  • Access to an external and independent confidential reporting service for employee concerns to be raised (“Safe Place”)
  • A commitment to eliminating discrimination and supporting employee wellbeing to ensure a good work /life balance, which includes a strong employee assistance scheme and access to numerous wellbeing resources
  • Supportive and flexible working arrangements, which includes some home working
  • Excellent local government pension scheme
  • Option to buy up to 10 days additional leave (please note there are 3 mandatory unpaid leave days per year)

To find out more about us why not take a look at our website:

As part of the interview process, candidates will be required to undertake a panel interview (including presentation).

Interviews will take place in the week beginning 11th December 2023.

For further information on these posts please contact:

Karen Chance (Service Manager) Tel: 07771 836019

You will be notified on the outcome of your application form as soon as possible after the closing date.

Our working arrangements

All council roles are allocated to either a fixed, field or flexible work style. Some roles

are agile which enables and empowers employees to maximise their performance and productivity, whilst maintaining a healthy work life balance. Roles with a fixed workstyle work in a fixed permanent council location. Roles with a field workstyle are usually allocated where employees are required to be out working in the community with a minimum requirement for ‘touch down’ space at any council location. Roles with a flexible workstyle have a flexible base location to meet the needs of the business and employees can work from a mixture of home or any council office, partner/client, or external location, as required to meet service requirements.

Please refer to the Job Description for further information on the workstyle assigned to the role you are applying for.

For more information about working for our organisation including the culture of the Council, the Council plan and vision, staff equality forums, core HR policies and much more please click here.


We are committed to building a workforce that is reflective of the diverse community we serve. We want to attract the best applications from people of all backgrounds and underrepresented groups because we strongly believe in adding value through diversity, inclusion, and equality. Our employees enable us to deliver services that are accessible, inclusive, and reflective of Wolverhampton residents.
Our status as a Disability Confident Employer showcases our commitment to people with disabilities or health conditions, advocating for their opportunities and potential. We've received the Stonewall Silver Award, emphasising our dedication to the LGBT+ community by nurturing an inspiring, inclusive, and equal workplace. As of March 2023, the RACE Code Quality Mark signifies our active engagement with racial equality. These recognitions validate our continuous efforts towards fostering an inclusive work environment that respects and values our diverse employees.

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, a Gold Award Armed Forces employer and our commitment to supporting care leavers - we offer a guaranteed interview as long as your application meets the essential criteria for the post.

We encourage, inspire and value an inclusive culture here at the council where employees can flourish, thrive and be themselves. We have four staff equality forums for employees to join. These help to ensure our employees have a voice, they feel empowered to speak up and where everyone is treated with respect - Learn more about the staff equality forums here

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

We are committed to the fair treatment of all our employees, potential employees, or users of our service regardless of offending background. The Council uses the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for any vacancies that require a DBS check to obtain information about applicants to assess their suitability for employment in positions of trust. We do not discriminate unfairly against any individual on the basis of a conviction or any other information revealed as a result of a DBS disclosure - Learn more here

Employment Information & Support

If you are considering applying for an apprenticeship or a role where the salary is (Grade 2-5), and would like to visit us to learn about the application, interview process and what it is like to work for the council, please click on this link to find out more - Learn more here

Supporting documents
Job Description and Personal Specification


Bingley Hub

From Monday 11th December 2023 an exciting change is happening for us as an organisation - we are implementing a new system which will improve your candidate experience! To access your candidate portal for our new system, head to

If you already have an application in progress with us before the new year, don’t worry, this will continue as it normally would and there will be no impact on your application or the process. More information on our new and improved system can be found on the WMJobs help pages

City of Wolverhampton

There’s never been a better time to join the award winning City of Wolverhampton Council to further your career. We are a progressive and future facing organisation, and passionate about making our city better for all who live, work and travel here.

We are an ambitious organisation focused on delivering the best services for people in Wolverhampton; working for us gives you the opportunity to make a difference to their lives.

Our continual drive for improvement led to us winning APSE Overall Council of the Year Service Delivery Award, also achieving Annual Service Award Finalists for our services in Waste and Recycling; Public Protection; Best Housing Regeneration and Homelessness multi-agency work, showing that the City of Wolverhampton Council is truly an organisation striving for daily excellence in all we do.

Equal Opportunities

The City of Wolverhampton Council employs over 5,000 people in more than 600 different trades and professions. We are committed to representing Wolverhampton’s diverse community and therefore strongly encourage applications from all applicants meeting the essential criteria.  The council operate a guaranteed interview policy for veterans who have served in the military, those who have previously been under our care and are under the age of 25 and disabled candidates, where it is evidenced that the essential criteria of the post is met.

A Great City to Live and Work

The city has seen rapid developments with major projects like the i54, Way Youth Zone and i10 and more exciting developments are planned for the westside of the city. The leisure-led mixed user scheme includes a multi-screen cinema, restaurants, bars, hotel, multi-storey car park and apartments, all accessible by foot from our city centre.

We benefit from being in a prime location, with excellent transport links at the heart of the UK’s high speed rail and motorway networks, making us an employer of choice for people across the West Midlands.

Wolverhampton is rated as one of the top cities in the UK for families. Almost 90 per cent of the city’s primary and secondary schools are rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. The City also offers a wide range of family friendly facilities with stunning parks and green spaces and top entertainment attractions such as Wolverhampton Art Gallery, the Civic and Wulfrun Halls and the Grand Theatre all of which attract top acts such as Jimmy Carr, Gary Barlow, World Darts Competition, upcoming bands and West End productions.


Why Work for City of Wolverhampton Council?

We invest heavily in skills and training for our employees; you will develop and grow with us through your time, benefiting from regular professional development conversations, and varied training opportunities.

We offer a wide range of benefits including competitive salaries that progress within different grades for the variety of jobs on offer. The majority of our positions offer a generous annual leave entitlement of 25 days - this increases with length of service. There is also an added option to buy up to 10 days additional leave in each leave year. New entrants also benefit from 8 days bank holiday entitlement (basic leave entitlement of 33 days).

The council offers an excellent Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) with employee and employer contributions based on salary grades and other benefits including:

  • Index linked pension
  • Option to convert your pension for tax-free cash when you retire
  • Retirement on the grounds of ill-health at any age.

The council also offers a wide range of flexible working options to fit in around your commitments including:

  • Flexi-time
  • Reduced hours working
  • Job share
  • Homeworking
  • Term time only

Other rewards

  • Discounted city parking at a number of sites with reduced charges for blue badge holders
  • Annual Travel Card Scheme
  • Salary Sacrifice scheme for cars - with a wide range of ‘green’ vehicles, cycles and associated equipment, personal IT equipment and smartphones
  • Retail, leisure, legal and ethical savings and loans through our competitive rewards portal

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01902 552345
City of Wolverhampton Council
Civic Centre
St. Peter's Square
West Midlands

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