Service Manager Safeguarding Children Unit and FDAC NE

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
23/06/2021 23:59
Grade N - £46,845 - £49,925
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
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Employment Location:
Number of posts:
Closing date:
23 Jun
Further Information

Service Manager, Safeguarding Children Unit / FDAC (Family Drug and Alcohol Court) – partnership between Gateshead, Newcastle and North Tyneside Councils

Grade N

The post also attracts a 7.5% Additional Responsibility Payment for holding temporary responsibility for the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) to be reviewed in February 2022

A relocation package may be available subject to terms and conditions

Gateshead Council has always been fiercely ambitious for the people of Gateshead, helping it to be a great place to live, work and visit. Led by our five pledges set out in ‘Making Gateshead a place where everyone thrives’, our aim is to ensure all local people can realise their full potential and enjoy the best quality of life.

By putting children and families at the heart of everything we do we can ensure all children within Gateshead can thrive and reach their full potential and live a safe and healthy life.

Gateshead is an Ofsted rated ‘Good’ local authority with a clear and focused ambition to be Outstanding.

We are looking to appoint a Service Manager to provide strategic leadership, planning and robust performance management and oversight of:

Child Protection Conferences
Children in our Care Reviews
Foster Care reviews
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
Childrens Rights

You will also lead the specialist multi-disciplinary FDAC team including developing close links with the FDAC National Unit and representing FDAC North East at key strategic partnerships

You must hold a Social Work qualification to degree level or equivalent and be Social Work England registered.

You must have effective people management, performance management and quality assurance within a children’s services setting to ensure the focus is always on achieving better outcomes for children, young people and their families with the provision of the highest possible professional standards of social work.

You must have significant post-qualifying experience in children & families social work settings and experience of leadership in a complex organisational environment. Knowledge of health and social care systems, children’s legislation, practice and procedures and safeguarding and regulatory frameworks are also essential.

You must have a proven track record of Multi agency / partnership working with other statutory and voluntary agencies at a senior management level and chairing complex and challenging meetings.

You will have experience of multi agency / partnership working and have a clear commitment to equal opportunities and anti-oppressive practice.

As this is a key managerial post you will be adept at financial management within large organisations and have highly developed verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare complex reports.

In addition to a competitive salary we also offer favourable terms and conditions which include membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme, generous annual leave entitlement (plus the opportunity to purchase additional annual leave), and access to a wide range of employee benefits.

If successful, you will need to apply for an enhanced Disclosure.

For an informal discussion about the post please, contact Dr Lynn Wilson on 0191 4333000.

Online applications only at www.gateshead.gov.uk