Team Manager, Families First Service
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£42,821 - £46,845
Plus £2,500 lump sum recruitment and retention allowance (reviewed annually).
Social Care - Children Service
Annfield Plain Greencroft Offices
Children and Young Peoples Services – Families First Service
Vacancy Reference No: CYPS/21/60A
We are seeking a permanent, full-time Team Manager to join our Families First Stanley Team which will be based at our Annfield Plain Greencroft Offices.
Our Families First teams are statutory teams responsible for children and young people from the point of referral to the point of permanence. These teams assess risk and implement care plans for children and young people deemed to be in need of Level 4 Services on the Durham Staircase of Need. They complete single assessments, work with children on a Child in Need basis, undertake Child Protection Work and enquiries under Section 47, as well as Public and Private Law.
Salary: £42,821 - £46,845 plus £2,500 lump sum recruitment and retention allowance (reviewed annually). Salary on appointment is determined by length of service and level of experience.
The following principles guide their work
• Ensuring the child’s journey and their voice remains central
• Providing help at the earliest opportunity
• Supporting and promoting community resilience through the provision of locally delivered services in local communities, which make sense to families
• Delivering evidence-based interventions with a focus on safe escalation and de-escalation of cases
As Team Manager of a Families First team you will:
• Create an environment where social work will flourish, and where your team put children and families at the centre of everything they do
• Support the team to embed Signs of Safety as a model of practice so that:
o The quality of relationships is central to the practice of the team
o The team robustly assess risk
o The work of the team with parents, children and young people is collaborative, timely and intensive, and supports families to find their own solutions
o The team challenge constructively
o The team use strength-based language
o The team are clear about what good looks like for each child
• Lead by example, showing integrity, creativity, resilience and clarity of purpose
• Develop and maintain positive relationships, and be visible and accessible to your team, to children, young people and families, and to other professionals
In Durham, you will benefit from:
• A senior leadership team that listens and cares about you and your work
• Excellent opportunities for career progression, if you want to broaden your experience or move into other levels of management
• A clear professional development offer, supported by a commitment to offering you 5 days a year to spend in continuous professional development (CPD), and opportunities to access specialist training
• A culture of high expectations, high challenge and high support
• A culture, which takes pride in and actively celebrates social work
You can read more about these and other benefits of working in Durham in the attached document.
Removal, lodging and separation expenses may be available to the successful candidate if at the time of application for appointment their place of residence is outside the administrative area of County Durham and in excess of 30 miles in a straight line from their new administrative centre, along with a number of other criteria for eligibility.
For an informal discussion about the post please contact Shirley Saunders, Operations Manager via email to Shirley.Saunders@durham.gov.uk
Required qualifications: Degree in social work or equivalent social work qualification, e.g. Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work (PDDipSW) Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW), Diploma in Social Work (DipSW), Certificate in Social Services (CSS) & current Social Work England Registration.
The successful applicant for this post will be required to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure.
The post is based at Annfield Plain Greencroft Offices, however you may be required to work at any locality to meet service need changes.
Interviews will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.
Please note this post is not open to job share.
As a disability confident employer, we are committed to employing disabled people and people with health conditions making reasonable adjustments to support disabled applicants when required.
Apply on-line or for further assistance contact Payroll & Employee Services on Telephone: 03000 267247 (24hr answerphone). Email: PESCYPS@durham.gov.uk
In line with the County Council’s Recruitment & Selection Policy, please note that we are unable to accept CV’s. Any information provided on CV’s will not be considered for short-listing purposes.
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