Team Manager - First Response

7 days left

21 Jun 2022
03 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Full time

Our close group of Managers work across our screening and assessment service with small staff teams of up to six. Our Team Managers are supported by a Senior Practitioner in each team who works with social workers to ensure that incoming work is carefully considered and decision making robust and child focused. The Permanent Service Manager focuses on quality, standards and performance, alongside support for you as the Team Manager.

The Team Manager post is in one of our 5 Assessment Teams and benefits from a group of experienced and stable permanent managers and Service Manager who will support you in your induction into this post.

Who we are looking for:

  • You will be an energetic and enthusiastic social work manager who is able to share your enthusiasm and passion for practice with those you manage. We welcome experienced managers or those wanting to enter into a management/leadership role.
  • You will have extensive experience of working in statutory children’s services and an in depth understanding of the interventions required to build safety and protect children from harm.
  • You will be able to evidence your skills and knowledge of creative, innovative and relationship-based social work and demonstrates your ability to lead and manage a skilled workforce.
  • You will have a strong and credible professional reputation.
  • You will be confident in your supervisory skills and oversee learning and development for your team – ensuring they make the most of their CPD time and our learning offer. 
  • You have retained a strong interest in research and the evidence base for practice and are confident about how this can be used in practice
  • Ideally you will already be confident in the application of the Signs of Safety methodology but certainly in the value of relationship-based social work.
  • You will have an in depth understanding of Trauma informed practice and ensuring the child/family are at the centre of everything you and your team do and you have high aspirations for those we serve and support.
  • We want people with energy and people who have a ‘can- do’ attitude; we want people who will help us to build a real culture of reflection and learning and who can support our Social Workers to be the best that they can be. We want team players!
  • We want managers who already see themselves as practice leaders and understand the role they have in nurturing good practice and who are going to contribute to the next phase of our collective development.

About Us  
At Leicestershire County Council we are committed to doing our very best for vulnerable children and families; working to make a positive impact on their lives so they can achieve their potential and flourish.

We are focused on being an inclusive Council where a culture to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion is imbedded and discrimination challenged at every level together as a department and as Council. We warmly welcome applicants from black, minority, ethnic (BME) communities, disabled people and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBTQ+) communities, as they are currently underrepresented within our workforce - this diversity is vital to our journey and is fundamental to our values and enriches the service we offer our Children and Families. This includes the importance we place upon workers being able to attend the following groups such as the BAME network, Race Inclusion Board/Race Champions, Disabled workers group and LGBTQ+ Network. With further support being considered on our journey to be inclusive and challenge discrimination on every level. First Response has a service Equality, Diversity and Inclusion panel where an action plan is kept under close review led by a representation across the service. Children and Families Service has a clear Race Equality Strategy ‘We Care’.

We are proud of our Road to Excellence Plan which sets out our key values, behaviours and ambitions. We have embedded the Signs of Safety approach throughout our services and this approach mirrors our values of Aspiration, Being Curious and Collaboration. We are focused on working with families and the networks of family, friends and professionals around children, to work in collaboration to achieve shared goals.

As a Children and Family department we are committed to our vision of becoming a trauma informed responsive department where we believe we are “stronger together” our culture is one of partnership where we look for solutions and recognise the potential impact of trauma on the children and families we work with and on our staff. We will strive to create a safe, compassionate, healing environment demonstrated through relationships based on trust, respect, hope and empathy. We will achieve this through a spirit of curiosity, by nurturing connections through relationships, making a deliberate effort to know and understand people, and by providing hope for growth and recovery.

We are committed to supporting and empowering our staff to be the best workers that they can be. We will give you the support ad resources that you need to work in collaboration with children and families.

We want all our staff to be inspired to go the extra mile. We are doing our best to create the sort of culture where practice excellence can flourish. We want to learn from what works, as much, if not more, than from when things go badly – we are ambitious to create a true ‘learning organisation. So… 

For more information about this role please contact Wendy Collins

By the Way A Few More Benefits of working In Leicestershire….
Well regarded employee counselling services
Free car parking
Cycle to work scheme
Paid SW registration
Lease car scheme
Option to purchase of additional leave
Discounts at high-street stores and supermarket shopping
Special offers on leisure activities and gym memberships
Great Canteen for County Hall based workers (which is you!)

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