Social Work Manager

Dudley Lodge
Coventry, West Midlands
Points 46 - 50 (£46,079 - £50,272) dependent upon experience & qualifications
02 Jul 2019
26 Jul 2019
Kelly O'Connor
Contract Type
Full time permanent
Working Pattern
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Centre Manager, Residential Family Assessment Centre

Scale: 46 - 50 (£46,079-£50,272) (dependent upon experience and qualifications)

Hours: Full Time (37.5 hours)

Centre: Coventry

An exciting opportunity to lead and manage an OFSTED rated ‘Outstanding’ Residential Family Assessment Centre at Dudley Lodge, Coventry. If you are passionate about safeguarding children, driven to lead high quality practice and dedicated to developing and delivering an excellent service, we would love to hear from you.


Dudley Lodge is a UK registered non-profit making Organisation established in 1895, and is one of the leading Family Assessment Centres in England and Wales. We operate from two Centres: Dudley Lodge Family Assessment Centre in Coventry and Bonner House Family Assessment Centre in Birmingham.

Our purpose is to provide the Courts and other relevant parties concerned with the safeguarding of children, a range of high quality, independent assessments. The Organisation specialises in residential parenting assessments, community-based assessments, day assessments and ‘Place of Safety’ assessments, alongside other safeguarding services. We assess referred parent/carers’ abilities to keep children safe, and make decisive recommendations in respect of their capacity and potential for promoting children’s continuing wellbeing.


  • To be the Registered Manager for Dudley Lodge, Residential Family Assessment Centre.
  • To be responsible for the day-to-day assessment and intervention practices within the Centre and the community.
  • To ensure the Centre remains compliant with relevant legislation and the National Minimum Standards (OFSTED).
  • To actively manage the Centre, staff and quality of all assessments undertaken. 
  • To provide a high quality and dependable standard of service in line with the values and standards of the organisation.


We are looking for someone who will be passionate about the values and ethos of Dudley Lodge, and will place the safety and welfare of children as their primary concern throughout all Centre practice, service development and delivery.

You will hold expert knowledge of children’s social work and working with vulnerable children and adults; including safeguarding, statutory responsibilities and assessment frameworks. You will have highly developed analytical and problem-solving skills in supporting managers and staff in their interventions, plans and decision making, to ensure the right recommendations for children are made.

You will have a proven record of accomplishment in strong and effective leadership skills. Your strengths will be in your ability to inspire, motivate, empower and support individuals to achieve their potential. You will have demonstrable experience of continuously monitoring, managing, developing and improving team and individual performance, through effective practice management and supervisory responsibilities. You will have strong performance in developing a culture of improvements in service delivery, with the ability to manage change and continually develop services and quality of assessments.


Dudley Lodge staff enjoy many benefits such as training opportunities, enhanced holidays (after qualifying period), contributory pension, private medical insurance (after qualifying period), employee assistance programme and free on-site parking.

Please download an application pack for this vacancy through our website

If you would benefit from an informal and confidential discussion about the role, please contact Kelly O’Connor (HR and Communications Assistant) on 02476 502800 who will arrange a telephone call with the Operations Team at a convenient time.

Please note we do not accept CV’s


Closing Date: Friday 26th July


Applicants who have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the close date, please assume you have not been selected for interview.

Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 5th August.

Are the jobs exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act? Yes


Does the post require a DBS check? Yes


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.

This Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

“We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons”

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