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Team Manager - WMF1145e

Westmorland and Furness Council
South Lakeland House, Kendal or Craven House, Barrow
Grade 17 (£53,775 to £55,963)
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

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About this opportunity

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Team Manager post as part of the Care Experienced Team based in South Lakes and Eden Children & Young People District.

The Care Experienced team is part of Westmorland and Furness’ permanence service which provides support and advice to Care Leavers aged 16-25 as they make the transition from care to independence.

You will assist our capable team by influencing, encouraging, leading and managing your team through supportive and challenging supervision and will ensure that service delivery reflects good practice guidance derived from research and Ofsted inspections.

You will also lead the drive in ensuring young adults have high quality pathway plans that reflect their voice and their wishes and feelings and which they have co-produced.

For this role you will need to be focussed on the needs of young adults leaving care in relation to their employment/education and training, their health needs and their emotional support needs. You will also have an excellent understanding of the legislation, good practice guidance and research pertaining to young adults leaving care.

In addition, you should have an understanding/desire to learn more regarding our approach to Signs of Safety and its relevance and use in care experienced work, especially regarding supporting young adults to make positive links with the family networks. You should understand the importance of helping young adults understand their story both in care and before care.

You must have excellent budget management skills and because we have performance data specific to our care experienced team that you will analyse to drive through improvements and improved practices, you should be able to understand and use performance data.

This is a challenging but rewarding role, and someone who is open, friendly, fair and supportive is essential, as well as being a good communicator and a strong leader.

If this sounds like an opportunity you would be interested in, and you’re looking for a role where you can make a positive difference in the lives of care experienced children and adults in Westmorland and Furness, then please apply today.

Westmorland and Furness has a strong foundation of career progression and professional development to enable our employees to take up opportunities as they arise in their careers. We will provide you with coaching and mentoring in your professional development.

If this sounds like an opportunity you would be interested in, and you’re looking for a role where you can make a positive difference in the lives of children in Westmorland and Furness, then please apply today.

If you are interested in what you have read and would like to have an informal discussion please contact

This role requires an enhanced DBS check with a Children’s and Adults Barred List check. Please note this role involves working in regulated activity with Children and Adults.

Our offer to you

  • Genuine flexible working: family-friendly patterns such as flexible start/finish times and state of the art technology support, so you can spend some time working from home.
  • Encouragement to take your TOIL back
  • Our annual leave allowance isn’t bad either… 25 days per year, rising to 30 after four years’ service, alongside your yearly bank holiday leave, there should be plenty of time for rest and recuperation
  • Supervision; Our strengthened supervision policy supports you to build a trusting relationship with your manager.
  • We have a permanent and stable management team. You will have easy and regular access to the Senior Leadership Team.
  • We pay your Social Work England registration fee
  • Excellent Training and Development opportunities
  • The Local Government Pension Scheme provides you with a secure future income, independent of share prices and stock market fluctuations. The council pays, on average, twice as much into your pension as you do and regular cost of living increases
  • Child Care vouchers, Cycle to work scheme, free eye tests, car loans, car lease and so much more.

Application and Interview information

Closing date: 16th June 2024

Interview date: 25th June 2024

We are now operating virtual interviews. This will preferably be undertaken using the Microsoft Teams software which is currently free for new users, however if there are any issues with accessing this technology, we are happy to discuss alternative arrangements prior to the interviews.

Options will be discussed with candidates once they have been invited to the interview stage of the process, and if you have any concerns or adjustments are needed, we are happy to discuss.

Safer Recruitment

At Westmorland and Furness Council we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expects all employees, volunteers and the Externally Provided Workforce (EPWs) to share this commitment.

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

As an equal opportunities employer, Westmorland and Furness is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join Westmorland and Furness

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