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Family Placement Team Manager

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Job Summary

Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 15/07/2019 12:00
£47107 - 50394
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
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Employment Location:
Family Placement Service, Ashington
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Job details 

Closing date:
15 Jul

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This job is closed for applications.

Further information

At Northumberland County Council we are proud of our employees, who are passionate and committed to improving outcomes for our children and young people, ensuring that they feel safe, healthy, happy and ready to learn and achieve.

We place children and young people at the heart of all we do and aim to provide a quality service to ensure that children in care get the best possible outcomes. Children thrive in stable and loving families. Sometimes birth parents are unable to care for their children themselves. Getting the best possible care for these children is one of our most important corporate parent responsibilities.

For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/working

The role
Due to changes in the Family Placement Service we are seeking to recruit a Team Manager who will lead on the development and management of a Kinship Care Team. The team will be responsible for the screening and assessment of family and friend carers to assess as appropriate, that children can remain in the care of extended family members and then the completion of Special Guardianship Reports as directed by the court. The team, amongst other areas of development, will have the opportunity of developing a training and support core offer for special guardians that supports children and their families.

You will be part of a creative, enthusiastic and dynamic family placement service. As a service, we will provide you with excellent support and supervision together with genuine opportunities for personal development.

You will have extensive post qualifying experience of statutory social work with children and families. You will show leadership in driving good practice and the management skills to create an environment where social workers can excel.

We are offering:
A competitive salary up to £50394 (dependent on grade and experience) with a wide range of additional benefits
Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (or other pension scheme)
A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision
Regular supervision
A supportive environment
Career progression opportunities
A generous remuneration package
Induction, support and mentoring from day one in post
Flexible working arrangements

Essential requirements:
You will be a dynamic individual with a proven track record.
You will have extensive experience and knowledge base in social work practice, displaying positive role modelling as a manager, continually developing and leading a team of social work staff.
You will be confident and competent at making decisions to safeguard and protect children.
You will always want to hear the child’s voice and ensure that this is taken into account.
You will know how to measure and monitor practice and performance, to ensure individuals and the service as a whole operates to a consistently good standard.
You will have a sound knowledge base of the Knowledge and Skills Statement for Child and Family Social work which will be embedded within all elements of practice.
You will ensure supervision is reflective while case managing effectively.
You will be passionate about maximising a child’s life chances to improve their overall outcomes

You should hold a relevant Social Work qualification such as the Social Work Degree, DipSW, CQSW or CSS and be registered with the HCPC. You should also have a minimum of three years post qualifying experience.

Please note that successful applicants must be able to attend an interview on the 1st and 2nd August 2019.

Northumberland County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We recognise the difficulties that transgender applicants in particular may face during a recruitment process; any concerns regarding the process can be discussed with Claire Coe (Trans HR Support Officer) on 01670 623 130 or email claire.coe01@northumberland.gov.uk . We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. All applications to work on a part-time will be considered in line with the requirements of the post and the needs of the service.

For further information, please contact Liz Spaven, Senior Manager Family Placement Service on 01670 626262 for an informal discussion.

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend interview please contact Catherine Dixon or Gloria Scott on 01670 620258 or email hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk.

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