Assistant Team Manager - Children's Social Care

Employer
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Location
Bluebell Centre
Salary
£46,464 - £48,474 per annum. Incremental progression is subject to performance.
Closing date
29 Feb 2024
Reference
SOL000005994

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Sector
Local Councils
Job Type
Social Care – Children
Contract Type
Full time permanent
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Full-Time

Job Details

Salary up to £48,474 per year


Interview date: Rolling dates across February/March 2024

 

Permanent full-time, Monday to Friday with flexible working


For more information, or to apply, please click here.

Hours:
37.0 Hours per Week

About the Role


At Solihull Council we are on a transformational journey committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for our children, young people and their families across our local area. We’ve increased investment in our people and services, as well as introducing additional resources that allow us to deliver more positive changes to the borough.


We are looking for Assistant Team Managers to provide line management for groups of staff.

Together with the relevant Team Manager, to take responsibility for the day to day operational management of the team.

To ensure that vulnerable children and their families receive a responsive service that promotes and safeguards their welfare.


We're looking for Assistant Team Managers to join the following teams:

  • Children with Disabilities
  • Children Looked After and Care Experienced
  • Childrens Assessment Team

Safeguarding and Support

 

As part of this role, you will:

  • Contribute to the development of services and be committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for children, young people and their families across the borough
  • Direct line management of Social Workers and Support Workers
  • To supervise and quality assure the work of social work staff reporting directly to you to ensure that all work is carried out in accordance with good professional practice, legal requirements, directorate policies, procedures and performance standards
  • Maintain and promote strong working relationships with partners and stakeholders
  • Promote the active participation of children, young people and their parents and carers in their assessments and plans
  • Endorse a learning environment within the team and develop the skills of team members to enable them to do their job well
  • Manage and be responsible for chairing service user and professionals meetings as appropriate
  • Take the lead responsibility for specialist areas of work and practice development within the teams as needed
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of practice standards and competence
  • Work within allocated budgets in accordance with Corporate and Directorate policies and procedures

 

Our Offer to You


Earn one of highest salaries in the region. In a recent independent analysis of pay data across the West Midlands comparing our maximum grade salaries to 13 other local authorities we were proud to learn that our offering is in the top three for both Social Worker and Senior Social worker. Earn up to £48,474 pa as an Assistant Team Manager

  • Local government pension with 6.8% (subject to annual review/change) section contribution
  • 25 days annual leave rising to 30 days after 5 years of service. We also offer the opportunity to buy up to 10 days of additional leave per year
  • Hybrid working approach across the borough of Solihull, including council buildings and other localities
  • Flexible working hours
  • Our Children's Social Care Academy provides training and coaching for practitioners, with year-round training to progress in your career. Working in partnership with Bournemouth University, we deliver academic programs in-house to help you attain the Practice Education Award at either Honours or Masters level
  • Manageable workloads - our Social Workers have an average of 17 children, giving you the time to give dedicated support where it is needed
  • Cycle to work scheme.

About You

 

You will hold a Professional Social Work Qualification and have Social Work England registration. Evidence of Continuous Professional Development and looking for a new challenge in a forward thinking organisation.

Significant post qualifying experience of working with children, families and their carers.

Experience of supporting the professional development of colleagues and other professionals in a social work environment e.g. through coaching, mentoring, training, quality assurance and/or peer/group/student supervision.

Have a thorough knowledge of relevant childcare legislation, statutory guidance and the family justice system

Sound knowledge and awareness of current social work policies/practices - adhering to the Knowledge and Skills framework 2014. Also knowledge of up to date social work theories and research and how they impact on practice

Possess the ability to lead, motivate, support, develop and manage Social Workers and Support Workers. Lead on safeguarding within the team and build effective relationships with children, young people and families

Ability to demonstrate the capabilities at the required level of the Professional Capabilities Framework including professional leadership

Hold a driving licence and own your own vehicle as this is an essential car user post due to the demands of the job.

For disabled applicants, reasonable adjustments will be made where required

Delivering a high quality transparent service and committed to ensuring the wellbeing of children, young people and their families.

About Us

We place children and young people at the heart of all we do to enable them to achieve their potential and lead fulfilling lives. This means our workforce needs to be effectively led, supported, and well trained. It’s our aim to offer high-quality supervision and guidance to all team members. This includes supporting you, as you support others in the team.

We pride ourselves on a strong culture of child-focused practice. This means transparency, cooperation, and a real commitment to the young people we will care for.

 

For more information about this fabulous opportunity to join our team, or to apply, please click here.

 

If you have a specific question regarding this post, please contact:

 

Deborah Adams - Team Manager - deborah.adams@solihull.gov.uk

Sara Jefferies - Team Manager - sjefferies@solihull.gov.uk

Toni Clifton - Service Manager - Integrated Front Door - toni.clifton@solihull.gov.uk

 

These posts involve working with children and therefore if successful you will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records check at an enhanced level. Further information about the Disclosure Scheme can be found here: www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check

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About Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Solihull

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 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/945449/rehabilitation-of-offenders-guidance.pdf

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
Location
Council House
Manor Square
Solihull
West Midlands
B91 3QB
United Kingdom

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