Service Manager - Assessment
As Director of Children’s Services, I am passionate and care about the rights and needs of all children and young people. Enabling and supporting children and young people to aspire, achieve and believe in themselves, regardless of the adversity they may have faced is the ultimate ambition and outcome I want for them. To achieve this outcome, I am equally passionate on improving services for Dudley Children and Young people. It is clear there is a real commitment from politicians, partners and staff to making a real difference to ensure that children are at the heart of everything we do. Dudley Council is committed to protecting vulnerable children and families in need of support and protection.
Catherine Driscoll, Director of Children’s Service
Hours: 37 per week
Salary: Grade 14
Location: Corbyn Road, Russell's Hall Estate, Dudley
You will be pivotal in providing visible and accessible leadership across your service area, collaborating with colleagues and with partners across the Local Authority and with partners in the statutory and voluntary sectors. You will be a leader who can motivate and inspire others, provide expert supervision and champion best practice, being aspirational as you lead change; transforming the way we work.
We are looking for an exceptional candidate to be part of the wider team of service managers; you will have strong leadership skills and be able to embed a positive performance culture, have an in-depth understanding of safeguarding and a proven track record of delivering excellent outcomes for children and young people.
This position is suited to an experienced frontline manager who is looking for a fresh challenge encompassed with more support and progression.
As a Service Manager you role will be non case holding. You will be responsible for the line management and supervision of a team of Social Work Managers, Social Work staff and unqualified Social Work staff. You will also chair meetings and be pivotal in building/maintaining relationships with other agencies in the local area.
You will need to hold an Social Work England registered Social Work qualification (Degree, DipSW, CQSW, CSS), able to demonstrate experience at a senior level and significant experience of working in Children's Services with a full understanding of statutory Social Work procedures and legislation requirements.
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), where you will be trained in Restorative Practice the basis of how we work with children and families in Dudley.
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The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and the Police enhanced vetting procedure.
Closing Date 26th February 2021
Interviews to take place 4th March 2021
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