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Team Manager - Families First

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  • Post Ref: ZF5287
  • Department: C&YP Social Care
  • Division: Integrated Family Support
  • Salary details: £41,025 - £43,821
  • Employment Status: Full Time
  • Hourly Rate:
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Working Weeks:
  • Closing date: 25 June 2017
  • Interview date: 06 July 2017
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We are looking to recruit a social work qualified Team Manager to lead one of two teams in our Families First Service. This provides support and assistance to children and their families who meet our local LSCB Child in Need thresholds. Each team comprises a senior practitioner, 8 qualified social workers and two family support workers. In addition the service benefits from the presence of professionals from a range of partner agencies including CAMHS, Adult Mental Health, Health Visiting, and Adult Substance Misuse.

Caseloads are closely managed to ensure optimal conditions are available for workers to build meaningful relationships with families and to bring improvement through purposeful, evidence based approaches designed to bring improvement in the lives of the children we are involved with.

The work is varied and often unpredictable but we are making a noticeable difference in terms of reducing the numbers of children subject to a protection plan and numbers needing to be looked after so the rewards are tangible!

Poole Children’s Social Care has a reputation for valuing and nurturing talent and investing time, energy and resources in creating services which really do make a difference.  As an employer we are proud of our commitment to learning and improvement, supervision and quality assurance.  We have an excellent and established ASYE programme in place and learning and development opportunities for all staff.  This is underpinned by an experienced, stable and accessible management team who are passionate about social work as a way of creating real change for families and providing direct help to make children’s lives better and safer.  We maintain case loads at a level where social workers can build relationships with families and engage in meaningful direct work.

We expect you will be an experienced child protection practitioner ready to take your next career move, or a talented Team Manager looking for a new challenge.  You will need to have:

  • A recognised social work qualification and HCPC registration
  • Proven child protection knowledge, judgement and decision making skills
  • The tenacity and resilience to work in a high paced environment
  • The ability to work in partnership to shape and lead a developing service.

Poole is undoubtedly a wonderful place to live, work and visit.  There are outstanding leisure opportunities, miles of sandy beaches, Dorset countryside, the New Forest and easy access to France.

For an informal discussion please contact David Gillespie on 01202 261588.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the community and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment. Applicants to this post will be required to complete the appropriate level of Disclosure & Barring Service Check. Please refer to the Person Specification for more details.

*Relocation expenses available for exceptional candidates 



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