To manage the delivery of social work services to children and their families in accordance with statutory requirements.
To ensure delivery of these services are managed within budget and in line with quality standards.
To ensure that children and families referred to the service receive appropriate services relevant to their needs.
To ensure the quality and standards of professional practice and performance are achieved in each team.
Specific Accountabilities of the Role
Contribute to the development and dissemination of operational instructions and provide practice guidance, making use of legislation, national guidelines and research to ensure that the highest standards are achieved and maintained.
To be a member of the local management team to provide support to the Service Manager and to participate as representatives of the Council, as required in other structures established for multi-agency working.
Support all members of the team by ensuring regular supervision, appraisal and communication on an individual and team basis to ensure an informed and professional approach to service delivery and an awareness of the changing national and local demands and priorities by the implementation of appropriate performance review mechanisms.
Promote evidence-based practice in the team and to manage, monitor and ensure the effective delivery of the service.
Setting of Team/Service objectives and targets linked too national & local performance indicators, legislation and guidance including the provision of regular and reliable management information and its analysis to inform the continuous improvement to safeguarding services.
To conduct annual appraisals of all staff supervised and to identify individual and team staff development needs.
To chair and attend complex strategy meetings and support staff to prepare for multi-agency meetings and evidence giving at Court.
To allocate and provide detailed management oversight on new or transferred
referrals. This will include tracking the progress of interim safeguarding plans, conducting audits and preparing files for case transfer.
To be responsible for assigned budget expenditure to approve
appropriate expenditure and assist in budget management, maintaining proper budget monitoring and to work within budget.
To demonstrate awareness of best value and opportunity cost implications of all decisions and actions in relation to individual cases supervised within the team.
To develop effective working partnerships across the council and with key strategic partners
To develop a practice focus and a high level of awareness in listening actively to children, parents, carers and the community.
To maintain accurate records in line with Departmental policy.
To be responsible for personal and professional development and seeking
evidence of good practice.
The post holder may be required to attend to some responsibilities outside normal working hours.