Team Manager - Children in Care

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 23/11/2023 23:59
Grade 14, £47,420 - £51,515 per annum
Plus £2,500 temporary recruitment/retention allowance for permanent appointments only
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
An approved team location. However, you may be required to work at any Durham County Council workplace, as required. Hybrid working options are available.
Number of posts:
Closing date:
23 Nov
Further Information
We are seeking a Team Manager who can help drive forward our high aspirations for children, their families and our service.
The Children in our Care teams are a statutory service that works with children aged 0-18. These children and young people are looked after and our teams support and develop permanency and care planning.

Our recent Ofsted inspection outcome graded us ‘good’ overall with outstanding leadership - highlighting that we know ourselves well, our practice model is well embedded, we have high expectations and are committed to improving outcomes for children and families. Staff told inspectors that they enjoy working in Durham, they get lots of development opportunities, feel well supported by their team managers and this makes us an employer of choice. It is an exciting time to join the Durham family and we would love to chat with you about opportunities.  
Durham Children’s social care won a gold award for most supportive employer and one of our Social Workers won a silver award for Children’s Social Worker of the year in the National Social Work awards 2022 - we are committed to helping your practice flourish and are overjoyed for our staff to be recognised in this way. 
As a Team Manager, you will lead one of our five teams. The team consists of five social workers, one Enhanced practitioner, one consultant social worker and a social work assistant.

We have a stable workforce, and you would be joining an established, supportive management team consisting of four other managers and five social work consultants. Our management is seen as outstanding as evidenced within our recent OFSTED inspection
We take a trauma informed, relationship-based approach to our relationships with each other, our partner agencies and the children and families we work with.
We value the whole service approach we take to ensuring the children we work with have thorough assessment and planning and, where needed, safeguarding in place.
The development of each individual in our service is highly important and youmust ensure your team is well supported and has clear expectations of practise and accountability. You will contribute to ensuring our whole service approach continues and be part of developmental work with the other Team Managers.
You will be key in working within the management team to ensure further progress is made to ensure effective care planning for every child.
This is a wonderful opportunity to join our service as we continue to reflect and review the improvements we have made and how we measure these from the eyes of the children and their families. We continuously strive to do better and if you have the motivation and commitment to want to achieve the very best outcomes for children then we welcome your application.
To discuss this opportunity further please contact Service Manager Rachael Riley via Rachael.Riley@Durham.gov.uk

Find out more about Children and Families Social Work in Durham on our webpage: https://www.durham.gov.uk/childrenssocialwork 

To apply for this role, you need to be social work qualified, registered with Social Work England, and have considerable post qualifying experience. Previous or current leadership or supervisory experience will be an advantage.

Please refer to the attached person specification for the full criteria.

The successful applicant for this post will be required to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure.

Interviews are scheduled to be held from 30th November 23 onwards.
We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants that can show they meet all the essential criteria and have indicated they have a disability, are a looked after young person, care leaver or a veteran. 

If you have any support needs or require assistance when applying for this role, please contact the Payroll and Employee Services Team via email PESCYP@durham.gov.uk or telephone 03000 263154.

We can offer you a range of employee benefits including competitive salaries, a generous leave entitlement of up to 32 days (from 1 April), a government pension scheme and various flexible and hybrid working options (benefits are subject to individual Terms and Conditions). 

If you would like to know more, please follow this link: https://www.durham.gov.uk/article/26895/Rewards-and-benefits  

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 more than 30 miles in a straight line from their new administrative centre, along with a number of other criteria for eligibility.
You may be required to work at any locality to meet service need changes.

We are a proud equal opportunities employer and recognise the value of difference, having a diverse talented workforce brings new ideas and new perspectives, which will facilitate growth and improvements to services. 

As a Disability Confident Leader, we encourage applications from disabled people and can provide support throughout the recruitment process, for more information please refer to the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion page on our website. 
Please note
This job is closed for applications.