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Team Manager - Help and Protection

  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Ref: FS07828
  • Closing date: 25 June 2018
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Working hours: Full Time
  • Salary: £46,697 - £51,833

The opportunity

Children’s social care has already started on a substantial improvement programme. Since a negative Ofsted inspection outcome after inspection in November 2017 a new, permanent senior management team has been recruited. The number one priority of this new team is to improve the quality of statutory children’s services and the outcomes for vulnerable children in Buckinghamshire. A high support and high expectation culture is being driven forward with enthusiasm, expertise and pace. Significant engagement with all tiers of the service is underway and now is an exciting time to join the service and be part of our journey to good and beyond.

About us

Our Help and Protection teams work with children and young people who live at home in Buckinghamshire on either child protection and child in need plans. The key deliverable targets for this part of the service is to ensure sustainable and secure change is secured for children. This can only be achieved through strong partnership work and good quality plans. Assessments are based on the ‘Strengthening Families’ model of social work and the developing culture has a focus on families helping themselves to achieve change. The new Head of Service for Help and Protection is developing practice that reflects good assessment and social work based on inquisitive questioning.

About the role

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Team Manager to take the next step in their professional career with a well-established local authority. The role will involve joining a busy, fast paced team Help and Protection Team whose paramount objective is always a child's wellbeing and safety. You will 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. We operate within a strong performance management culture, and you will drive up performance within the team and develop the necessary expertise.

About you

Ideally you will have experience or experience of working managing a team, supervising staff and leading on change. You will have registered with the HCPC and hold a Social Work Qualification. With innovative progressive ideas you will take this part of the service to the next level. In return you will receive good line management support, regular quality supervision and encouragement of innovation within this leadership role. 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 note this market factor enhancement is reviewed each year. The Golden Hello payment is paid pro rata for part time hours. Please see attached job summary.

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