Independent Reviewing Team Manager

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 23/01/2020 22:59
£46,561 - £49,575 per annum
Hours per week:
37 hours per week
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
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Employment Location:
Newcastle upon Tyne
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Number of posts:
Closing date:
23 Jan
Further Information

Children’s Safeguarding Standards Unit

Do you have a passion for social work? Are you an experienced and inspiring manager? Are you motivated to drive continuous improvement? Are you committed to providing excellent services to vulnerable children and families?

If this is you – then Newcastle City Council wants you!

This is an exciting time to join us. With significant financial support from our Council we are transforming our approach to children’s social care by embedding a new relational family valued model of social work based on systemic practice across our service and the city. Our commitment to transforming how we work is recognised by our selection to the DFE’s Strengthening Families Protecting Children programme (read more here https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/citylife-news/education/new-project-newcastle-strengthen-families-and-keep-children-out-care).

We are looking for an experienced and dynamic social work practitioner to manage a team of Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) within our Children’s Safeguarding Standards Unit (CSSU). With significant experience of children’s social work, including child protection and services for looked after children, you must be capable of promoting best practice and have an excellent understanding of how we work with families to create lasting change. An effective decision maker you must have a strong focus on performance, quality assurance and continuous improvement to ensure children and young people are receiving the right support at the right time.

The post will manage a team of IROs and report to the Service Manager for the CSSU. You will work alongside our Social Work Services and help us to continue to shape and deliver our wider transformation programme. You will not have children’s cases allocated to you.

Committed to high practice standards you will have the vision and experience to deliver social work services that place the needs of children and young people at the heart of everything and works effectively with families.

In return we will support you to succeed.

As a service we are committed to our staff receiving the opportunities they need to develop and flourish at all stages of their career. At Newcastle “social workers feel well supported” and practice improvement is delivered “creatively and innovatively” (Ofsted Focus Visit Outcome Letter 2019). We also offer a comprehensive range of training and professional opportunities that evolves and develops to the meet the needs of our workforce.

We will encourage you to be creative and progress your career making social work at Newcastle a profession that is yours to own. In addition, you will receive:
• A dedicated 5-day induction
• Generous annual leave in addition to Bank Holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually
• A range of flexible working options
• A generous Flexi Scheme
• Access to Mindfulness sessions and other wellbeing initiatives
• Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme
• Access to home electronics and car leasing schemes
• Generous relocation package.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Stafford Devine, Service Manager CSSU on 0191 277 4636. You can hear more about how we work at Newcastle at www.newcastle.gov.uk

Do you think you have what it takes to join our team and lead our excellent and dedicated social work professionals? If so, apply online at www.northeastjobs.org.uk

We are committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. This post is working in regulated activity. If you are successful, we will undertake additional recruitment checks which will include a check to see if you have had any criminal convictions, a check of police information and we will check the barred list(s). It is a criminal offence for a barred individual to apply for a job in regulated activity.

As this post involves working with children, vulnerable adults or dealing with sensitive information, written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers before the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise.

Please note
This job is closed for applications.