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Service Manager – Safeguarding Assessment and Looked After Children

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Job Summary

Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 26/03/2017 23:59
£43,821 - £47,494 Annually
Hours per week:
37 hours per week
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
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Job details 

Closing date:
26 Mar

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Are you an innovative Social Work Manager who believes in delivering high quality services to children and their families across the spectrum from Safeguarding Assessment to Looked After Children?

Darlington Borough Council is looking to recruit an exceptional Service Manager to drive their ambitious plans to the next level. You will provide operational and strategic leadership for a range of services within the social work and early help arena.

You must be committed to improving the performance and quality of services whilst maintaining a focus on safeguarding children. You will need to be committed to a continuous service improvement model.

We are looking for a manager who can demonstrate creativity within a multi-agency environment and is committed to working as part of a dynamic management team.

About Us

We are passionate and relentless in our aspirations for children and young people, with the aim being for every child in the town to thrive, and this will be embedded in our new Children and Young People Plan.

Our improvement journey is fast-paced, ambitious and exciting, with our Ofsted monitoring visits endorsing:

• A senior leadership team that is highly visible
• Increased social work capacity, enabling sustainable reductions in caseloads
• Social Workers who feel well supported, with regular supervision and training

Achieving the best outcomes for children is at the core of our practice, with Social Workers who are creative and forward-thinking. Caseloads are manageable, due to increased investment in our social work capacity. This allows time for good reflective practice, enabling out staff to focus on achieving the best possible outcomes.

Our Children in Care Council are active and engaged; they play a key role in our corporate parenting work and feel that their voice is heard. Our looked after children say that they feel safe and supported.

As a result of ongoing staff engagement we have invested significantly in improving working conditions and continue to do so. We have brought our safeguarding social work teams together, enabling better support between them, and continue to build on the successful implementation of our new case management system.

What’s in it for you?

We continue to invest in our ongoing training and development and have redesigned our induction and ongoing programme to achieve our ambitious plans. Through our improved progression model, staff are developed and have clear routes to go on to management opportunities.

We are progressive and forward thinking and it is an ideal time to join our dynamic services which support our children to thrive and be an integral part of our exciting journey!

Your reward for working at the Council goes beyond the salary you receive. Lots of the benefits are in our employment terms and conditions, such as 31 days annual leave, access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, fair pay and enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave payment, to name but a few.

In addition to these, we are committed to provide a wide range of other benefits, such as:
• Additional leave purchase scheme
• Flexi-time scheme
• Childcare vouchers
• Cycle to work scheme in partnership with Halfords
• Season ticket car parking permits or subsidised Town Centre permits subject to criteria
• Access to Occupational Health, physiotherapy and counselling services
• Reduced membership to the Dolphin Centre’s Fit for Life Package

For detailed information on this role, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification.

For an informal discussion, please contact James Clarke, Interim Head of Assessment, Care Planning and Looked After on 01325 405850.

An online application form and further information are available from www.darlington.gov.uk/socialcarecareers.

Alternatively, you can contact Xentrall Recruitment Services, Tel: (01642) 526992 or email: recruitment@xentrall.org.uk

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