To lead, manage and coach a team of newly qualified, experienced social workers and family support workers responsible for delivering and improving services for vulnerable children, young people and their families
To improve outcomes for children and young people by developing effective partnership working with other Council services and partner agencies to ensure efficient delivery of the service.
To contribute towards delivering the council’s vision for Children’s Social Care in order to ensure the objectives and priorities are realised.
To be competent in all areas of the PCF at Advanced Social Worker level and The Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) for practice supervisors.
Lead, manage and motivate a staff team ensuring high quality supervision is completed regularly which includes case management oversight, timely decision making, the effective implementation and review of children’s plans and provides the opportunity to reflect and recognise areas of practice which are good or requires improvement, and supports the ongoing learning and development of workers.
Allocate cases within the statutory timescale ensuring assessments, statutory visits and planned reviews have clear objectives and outcomes in order to ensure that all vulnerable children receive a service that reflects the Council’s commitment to safeguarding and putting the needs of individual children first.
Complete and review performance development plans for the team which enhance individuals personal and professional development needs and contributes towards staff retention.
Effectively use available team performance data to monitor standards and performance and ensure compliance with practice standards and procedures.
Supervise students on placement and Newly Qualified Social Workers in their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment, where appropriate.
Contribute to the management of the staffing budget for the team by approving and committing expenditure within your delegated authority, and monitoring and reporting commitments in order to ensure budget is not exceeded.
Support the safer recruitment and selection of new staff, both within the team and across Children’s Social Care in order to ensure staffing levels are maintained.
Chair strategy, review, planning, professional and network meetings as appropriate.
Keep up to date with the Council’s organisational policies, government guidance, legislation, research and national trends in order to maintain the highest professional standards.
Deputise and support the Group Manager where necessary on all aspects relating to the development of the service, and cover for other Team Managers where appropriate.
KEY CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITIES
To actively promote work life balance and flexible working in order to achieve high quality service delivery.
To actively promote the Council’s Fair Access, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and observe the standard of conduct which prevents discrimination taking place.
To ensure full compliance with the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, the Council’s Health and Safety Policy and all locally agreed safe methods of work.
To fully understand and be aware of the commitment to Section 17 of the duty of Crime and Disorder Act 1998 to prevent crime and disorder.
At the discretion of the Head of Service, such other activities as may from time to time may be agreed consistent with the nature of the job described above.
ACCOUNTABILITIES TO CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
The children and young people of Medway have said the following qualities are really important to them:
Be a good listener
Be consistent and Stable
Be a good timekeeper
Be resourceful in your approach
Be ambitious for young people and promote others to share the same drive.
Champion Children and Young People’s views and rights in everything you do.
Ensure Children and Young People’s voices are listened to and acted upon.
‘Do what you say and say what you do’.