Social Work Team Manager - Families First - Durham - £ 36.60 per hour
We are seeking a Social Work Team Manager to join the Families First Service at Durham Council due to a current service need.
The Families First teams are statutory social work 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 children and families assessments, work with children on a Child in Need basis, undertake safeguarding work and enquiries under Section 47, as well as Public and Private Law.
Benefits of this Social Work Team Manager role:
* Combination of home and office working
* Long term contracts available
* Mixture of virtual, doorstep and home visits based on risk
Duties of this Social Work Team Manager role:
* Design and implement measures to assure quality of practice and effective throughput of work, ensuring timescales set by legislation, Children and Young People's Services/Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures, and Courts are met.
* Frequently review the requirement for continued involvement so that cases are closed in a timely manner and that families have an appropriate and long-term support plan where that is required and ensure that no child or family is left unnoticed in the system.
* Ensure practitioners adopt an approach to practice which is proportionate to identified risk and need. Use supervision processes to challenge the balance of authoritative intervention and collaborative engagement and ensure practice achieves the best long-term outcomes for children and families.
* Help practitioners to make decisions based on observations and analysis, taking account of the wishes and feelings of children and families.
* Ensure that the best evidence is used to devise effective interventions, which are most likely to support family welfare and reduce risk to children. Ensure that progress is regularly reviewed the plan for the child or young person is adjusted accordingly.
* Apply a proportionate and ethical approach to the exercise of authority, which develops and maintains relationships with families and professionals and ensures the protection of children. Maximise opportunities for children and families to make informed choices.
* Ensure recording provides the full analysis underpinning decisions, making sure the rationale for why and how decisions have been made is comprehensive and well expressed.
* Provide responsive, high quality individual supervision. Use mechanisms such as group discussion to help identify bias, shift thinking and the approach to case work in order to generate better outcomes for children and families. Promote reflective thinking to drive more effective discussions so that reasoned and timely decision-making can take place.
* Develop and maintain a culture of learning and improvement, where team members are supported to meet their aspirations. Recognise the strengths and development needs of practitioners. Use practice observation, appraisal, reflection and feedback mechanisms, including the views of children and families, to develop practice.
* Provide opportunities for staff to give and receive constructive feedback on performance. Recognise and commend hard work and excellent practice and build social workers' confidence in their practice.
* Demonstrate a high level of resilience within pressured environments, be attuned to the effect of high emotion and stress and respond in calm, measured and pragmatic ways. Manage sickness absence effectively.
* Provide a safe, calm and well-ordered environment for all team members.
* Establish available capacity so that work is allocated appropriately across the staff group and ensure best use is made of resource, ability, interests and ambitions.
* Utilise data to understand current demand, historical patterns and likely future trends. Scrutinise performance and devise and implement effective and timely improvement plans.
* Build and develop influential and respectful partnerships with partner agencies.
* Respond thoughtfully and proactively to complaints and mistakes, creating learning opportunities for self, team and the organisation.
* Be accountable for and review own practice using supervision, reflective practice and other opportunities for continuous professional development.
* Manage a delegated budget, monitor and control the team's expenditure.
* Maintain registration with Social Work England and adhere to the Social Work England standards of conduct, performance and ethics, and standards for continuing professional development.
Essential requirements of this Social Work Team Manager role:
* Social Work England registration
* Eligible to work in the UK
* Hold a full UK drivers' licence
* A minimum of 3 years' post-qualified experience
Why Liquid Personnel?
* New 'Faster Pay' service getting you paid more quickly
* Twice weekly payroll
* Free DBS and compliance service
* Access to exclusive roles that aren't available from other agencies
* Free access to Liquid's exclusive social work training and CPD portal
* Your own dedicated consultant with extensive social work knowledge
* Access to a wide selection of social work positions across the UK
* "Refer a Friend" bonus - get £200 for each social worker you refer who we successfully place*
* "Find your own job" bonus - get £250 for bringing your own position to us *
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Liquid Personnel is an equal opportunities employer. Liquid Personnel Ltd is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy. * Terms and conditions apply to our bonus schemes.