Tradewind Social Care have a fantastic opportunity for a Team Manager to join the Children and Families Services for Cornwall Council.
The primary role of a Team Manager in the Children & Families Service is to improve the welfare, safety and outcomes of the children and young people supported by the team. With the advice, supervision and support of a Service Manager or Head of Service, the Team Manager manages a statutory service to children in need, including children in need of protection, children in care, young offenders and care leavers, in line with Working Together and Our Safeguarding Children Partnership continuum of need/threshold policy as well as a range of other approved policies, procedures and practice guidance related to the role and function of the team/service.
For developing and supporting a multi-disciplinary team of practitioners to undertake a full range of statutory duties in cases that meet the threshold for the role and function of the team/service: including children in need and their families; children with disabilities; children in need of protection; children in care; children at risk of offending behaviours; children who offend and care leavers.
For ensuring a relational and strengths-based approach to working with children, young people and their families, in line with the commitment of the Service to social justice and pro-social learning.
For promoting and evidencing the meaningful participation of children, young people, and parents/carers in the processes of key decision making and shaping service delivery.
For developing and implementing an annual Team Improvement Plan, based on the quality assurance and performance management data for the team, in consultation with team members and key stakeholders.
For improving the consistency and quality of practice in line with agreed standards through developing a team learning and performance culture; effective management oversight; and taking appropriate management action to support individuals who are unable to achieve the required practice quality standards consistently.
For supporting practitioners by providing high quality supervision to team members in line with the Policy Standards for Supervision, achieving an appropriate balance between critical reflective practice and accountability for tasks, standards and targets.
To set annual performance targets for individual practitioners in accordance with the Performance Development System and undertake half-year performance development reviews which identify individual achievements, strengths and areas for development, along with a plan to strengthen the practitioner's competence and confidence in undertaking their role.
Knowledge, skills & experience
Diploma in Social Work, CQSW, CSS, Degree in Social Work or other professional social work qualification recognised by HCPC for the purpose of registration in the UK.
A high level of specific and applied professional expertise in the area of practice to be supervised, relevant policy, legislation, guidance and best practice.
Applied knowledge and understanding of the needs and risks of a diverse range of 4 Information Classification: CONTROLLED children, young people and their parents/carers, promoting their full involvement in decision making, taking into account issues of equality and diversity.
Proven ability to achieve high practice quality standards in the assessment of strengths, needs, risks, produce analysis and translate into a coherent plan that improves outcomes for children.
High level of competence and confidence in providing verbally or written communications including coherent reports to professional meetings, LAC Reviews, CP Case Conferences, Legal Meetings, Permanence Planning Meetings and Court Hearings. Proven ability to provide advice, consultation, mentoring, supervision and appraisal support to professionally qualified and unqualified practitioners, those in training, agency/sessional workers and volunteers.
Ability to undertake formal Council employment relations policies and procedures to address serious or persistent shortfalls in attendance, capability and/or conduct of individual staff in line with a management culture of learning not blaming and management standards for fairness and reasonableness.
Proven ability to work collaboratively with other professionals and agencies, including identifying and procuring relevant services to support children, young people and families.
Good IT and word processing skills and the ability to make the best of IT systems to monitor team activity and performance