Team Manager, Leaving Care Team

At Surrey, our Children’s Services are on a rapid change journey with new management, innovative approaches and considerable energy. Our teams across Surrey are developing into a strong service with a stable workforce. We are determined that children, young people and their families will be at the centre of everything we do and are changing our model of work to one which supports excellent Children’s Services, with Family Resilience – Early Help and Prevention at the heart of our journey. Family Safeguarding, an innovative and highly effective approach developed in Hertfordshire, will be central to our new model.

As a Team Manager in the Leaving Care Service, you will be committed to helping your service manager and fellow team managers to ensure the service your team provides is forward thinking, responsive and meets the diverse needs of our service users. You will do this by contributing to service strategies, policies and procedures as required.

In this role, you will be responsible for managing, motivating and developing your specialist team by sharing your professional leadership and support to help them deliver safe practice and effective management of their workloads. As well as this, you will make sure that the practice your team delivers is consistent. Under your expert guidance and supervision, you will ensure that complex cases and decisions are managed effectively.

You will be a skilled communicator with the ability to build and foster effective working relationships with not only your team, but our partners and colleagues across the county to ensure there is successful co-productive working across the division. You will understand what young people leaving care need as well as the legislative framework for this.

Throughout all that you do, you will ensure that your team upholds and champions best practice so that together, we are focused on solving problems before they escalate and we meet the needs of our Children, Young People and their families, reducing the risk of harm.

To be shortlisted to interview, your CV and personal statement need to address the requirements of the job description and will clearly evidence:

  • That you are a qualified social worker with HCPC and have a social work degree or recognised equivalent qualification.
  • A broad working knowledge of social work practice and legislation, especially leaving care.
  • An ability to demonstrate excellent assessment and analysis skills.
  • Previous managerial experience.
  • An ability to drive and support teams through excellent management skills.


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