- Health & social care
Role: Assistant Team Manager (Social Care)
Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire
Managing and supervising a number of qualified social workers and other staff, as delegated by the manager within the dedicated team.
Supporting the manager to direct, co-ordinate and provide leadership to all staff within the dedicated team
Building upon and supporting the manager to improve effective delivery of the five “Every Child Matters” outcomes for children and families within the dedicated team function.
Deputising for the manager as appropriate during time of absence providing management cover and support to operational arrangements within the dedicated team.
Specific duties and responsibilities include:
• To manage, co-ordinate and lead the dedicated team in the absence of line manager.
• Undertake supervision of specified team members in accordance with the supervision and appraisal policy.
• Maintain up to date knowledge of all cases and projects held by supervisees.
• To ensure supervisees work within relevant legislation, guidance and department procedures.
• To set and monitor standards and performance in line with internal and external indicators with supervisees.
• As requested and appropriate, allocate work and make judgements in respect of intervention, child protection and closure of cases.
• To convene and chair case specific and other liaison/multiagency meetings as appropriate.
• To support and promote the development of a dedicated team identity and shared objectives within a changing and developing environment.
• Model and provide good equalities practice. Value diversity within the team and in contact with other professionals, children, young people and families.
• To have responsibility delegated by the team manager for the delivery of performance indicators in line with set targets and departmental expectations. which may include ensuring :--
o Timeliness of the authorisation of referrals
o Single assessments / Assessment of care and support needs
o All children in need procedures are completed in a timely manner.
o All child protection procedures and processes are implemented and completed within timescales and adhere to Working Together to Safeguard Children requirements
• Public law outline processes are implemented and completed within timescales
• Looked after children requirements are completed within timescales
• Operate within the county policy and regularly updates him/herself with social work methods, new legislation and procedures, including Children’s Act 2004, Every Child Matters, Children and Families Act 2014, Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and DOLS 2009.
• Offering advice and guidance to supervisees about where a child’s disability needs can be met through Targeted / Universal services.
• Undertake file audits as required in accordance with policy.
• Responsibility to ensure that the team works within legislation and the relevant protocols for information sharing and retention of records guided by the best interest of children and young people and based on a consensual model.
• To secure the effective involvement of parents/carers, children and young people in the development and evaluation of services.
• Through liaison with other managers and professionals build positive working relationships to ensure effective joint working practices.
• Acquire and maintain local knowledge including links with and information of statutory and voluntary groups in order to maximise co-ordination and joint working to improve outcomes for children and young people.
• To assist the manager in the robust management of resources within the team by ensuring quality and value for money in service delivery.
• Dip SW/CQSW/CSS or equivalent
• GSCC registered
• Has up-to-date operational knowledge of relevant legislation and guidance in relation to working with, and the protection of, children and young people.
• Up to date knowledge of child care law and disability legislation with an ability to apply relevant legislation and related guidance and procedures.
• Knowledge of Every Child Matters, the five outcomes and shared processes.
• Knowledge and ability to put into practice a range of theories, models and interventions and to assess impact for the child/young person, including the challenges faced where disability is present.
• Proven knowledge of performance indicators relating to childcare work.
• Three years post-qualification experience with children and families, of which at least two years’ experience must be within statutory child care work
• Experience and knowledge of working with disabled children
• Experience of undertaking Section 47 investigations, including multi-agency risk assessment and analysis and subsequent action, including roles and responsibilities of CP key worker.
• Experience of effective work within the legal framework including court proceedings.
• Good understanding and proven ability to use database information systems.
• Knowledge and evidence of assessment skills, including engaging with users of services, other professionals and agencies to achieve an holistic assessment.
• Proven ability to communicate with children, young people and parents/carers.
• Proven knowledge and the implementation of Child/young person centered planning
• Ability to communicate effectively with people, both listening and in verbal and written presentation.
• Proven organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise work and set priorities for supervisees and team members as appropriate.
• Ability to assimilate information quickly in order to reach decisions and judgements in respect of intervention/non intervention and workload priorities.
• Ability to analyse complex presenting problems.
• Ability to work effective as part of multiagency collaborative arrangements to improve service delivery.
• Ability to keep accurate records. Ability to give objective, timely advice
• Proven record of challenging poor performance and evidence of improving performance.
• Experience of staff/student supervision or consultation
Deekay Contact: Michael Wilde - 0161 747 1234