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Assistant Team Manager - First Steps

  • Location: Aylesbury
  • Ref: FS06405
  • Closing date: 27 November 2017
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Salary: £40,771 - £45,254

The opportunity

Children’s services in Buckinghamshire are on a journey to delivering outstanding services. Children and their families are at the centre of everything we do. Building on the Strengthening Families model adopted for child protection conferences in 2016, we want to apply the latest skills and knowledge to achieve the best outcomes possible for the children we seek to protect and support.

About us

Keeping the children and young people of Buckinghamshire safe and healthy is at the heart of everything we do. It is our vision that each and every child has the best head start and the most positive futures ahead of them. Making sure that every child, whatever their situation, has the stability, the support and the belief to start thinking about their tomorrow. The role will involve joining a busy, fast paced First Steps Team whose paramount objective is always a child's wellbeing and safety.

About the role

We currently have two Assistant Team Manager vacancies in our First Step team. One role will oversee the recruitment of SGOs, family and friends and the other role will oversee the recruitment of new foster carers in Buckinghamshire. Both roles will get involved in assisting the Team Manager to, manage and supervise a team of multi-disciplinary staff including qualified, experienced Social Workers. To support the Team Manager in ensuring all referrals are appropriately assessed, reviewed and acted upon within 3 days. To work closely with all units in ensuring cases are effectively transferred with appropriate risk assessments, priority status and initial recommendations. To ensure the team provide a professional and high quality guidance and advice service on matters concerning safeguarding children as required, providing this in a timely, collaborative and consistent manner, to both partners and service users. Assist social workers to ensure cases not reaching the threshold for social care are given appropriate guidance or signposted as appropriate to other services. To be responsible for the effective supervision of staff within the team, ensuring that supervision facilitates reflective practice and the development of high quality standards, linked to positive outcomes for children.

About you

To make a great Assistant Team Manager, you’ll bring your experience and knowledge with you and be confident in undertaking the role. In this busy, fast paced team, you’ll get on best if you are flexible and able to work well under pressure. You will have a minimum of 3 years post qualifying experience of working within a statutory environment with children and have extensive knowledge of the service area, partner relationships and wider sector / external influences. Good planning and organisational skills. Change management skills in addressing barriers to development of service area. You will also hold a degree in social work (DipSW) and registered with the HCPC. We know your skills are highly sought after so we’re offering a 6% market factor salary enhancement if you choose Bucks. You will also receive a Golden Hello payment of £2,125 upon your one year work anniversary; car allowances of £600 per annum (paid monthly), and a Relocation Allowance up to £8,000 (if applicable)*. At Buckinghamshire County Council, we’ll support you to develop your skills and experience and continue your own career progression.

Other Information

Please see attached job summary. *Please note this market factor enhancement is reviewed each year. The Golden Hello payment is paid pro rata for part time hours.

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