Team Manager - Fostering
Dudley is focussed, ambitious and creative
Dudley is an ambitious local authority and a great place to develop your career.
We recognise the importance of investing in our workforce and are committed to giving you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills through our learning and development offer provided by our innovative and highly valued Centre for Professional Practice (www.dudleycpp.org.uk).
In Dudley we are passionate about the wellbeing of our children, young people and families. Our vision is that Dudley borough is a place where children and young people thrive. Where each child gets a good start in life, where families are supported to be independent, responsible and successful and where the most vulnerable children are protected.
We have developed a career pathway for all staff. Our successful programme supports not only newly qualified social workers but also invests in continuing professional development including through our membership of Research in Practice and our bespoke and enhanced training programme for all.
This offer is proving to be a progressive and exciting path for professionals that is swiftly seeing performance improvements and innovations that are making big differences to our children, young people and families.
Our transformed children’s services put children’s needs at the very heart of all that we do and we are looking for passionate, dedicated and determined individuals to join new teams and help us deliver better outcomes for the children and families we serve.
Our reshaped council and reshaped service offers a great opportunity for you to influence and develop as we accelerate the pace of change. We want the best people to travel with us and to reap the rewards along the way.
Hours 37 per week
Salary: Grade 13 (£45,072 to £48,414)
Predominantly working from Mary Stevens Park, Dudley
Vacancy 1 - Fostering Team Manager – Supervision and Support
Vacancy 2 - Fostering Team Manager – Special Guardianship and Connected Persons
Are you ready for a new exciting challenge? We have fantastic opportunity within our Fostering Service for a Team Manager in our Supervision and Support Team and Special Guardianship and Connected Persons Team
Dudley has a revitalised senior management team, resulting in the transformation of our services for children and their families. Dudley has become a thriving authority; we are committed to achieving the best outcomes possible for all our children and families.
Our fostering service has just completed a successful modernisation programme, which means we are now in a position to recruit to two new permanent posts within the service.
In Dudley, we are committed to supporting our foster carers; working closely with children’s social work teams and professionals to ensure that all our children feel safe and are well cared for and achieve their true potential.
The Supervision and Support Team has responsibility for the supervision and ongoing development and support of approved foster carers.
The Special Guardianship and Connected Persons Team has responsibility for assessment and support of Connected Carers and for progressing Special Guardianship Assessments in line with children’s permanence plans, as well as SGO post order support. This can be fast paced due to responding to immediate placements of children looked after.
The successful candidates will provide leadership, motivation and drive to their teams and work alongside the Team Manager in the Recruitment and Assessment Team.
Applicants should have a social work qualification and experience of working with Foster Carers along with a sound understanding of the key legislation, policy and best practice guidance underpinning this area of work. They should also be able to demonstrate vision, with excellent leadership skills to ensure we continue to strive to offer the best services for the children we look after.
What else can Dudley offer you?
A comprehensive training and development package
High quality, reflective professional supervision
Supportive and collaborative team working
Excellent progression opportunities
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children; therefore the post is subject to medical clearance and an enhanced DBS check
For an informal discussion please contact: Terry Irvine on 01384 814996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on Dudley Children's Social Care please go to http://www.childrenservicesjobs-dudley.org.uk/
NB. We reserve the right to close vacancies prior to their advertised date if we receive a large number of applications.
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Job Description and Person Specification
Brochure for Team Manager