Team Manager - Mid Essex Family Centre
Permanent, Full Time
£47,405 to £58,727 per annum
Working Style: Community-based worker
Closing Date: 29th January 2023
Please note interviews for this role will take place on 6th and 7th February 2023
Team Manager – Mid Essex Family Centre
Here in Essex, we continue to raise the bar about practice and our investment in our workforce is second to none. It’s an exciting time to join us. Not only have we been named Outstanding by Ofsted, we are delighted and at the same time humbled to have been crowned Social Work Employer of the Year for the second time in the last three years!
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.
Children and Families is recognised as a service in which social work can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity and compassion; promoting the development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families; protecting them from neglect and abuse. Working together with partners delivering a range of early help, family support and effective social work interventions which build resilience, remove barriers and enable children and young people to look forward to a brighter future.
The Family Centre Manager will lead a team of Social Workers, Senior Practitioners and alternatively qualified staff, to deliver Family Centre Services which make a positive difference to the lives of children and parents which meet the Department’s policies and priorities.
Qualified as a Social Worker with significant experience of Court proceedings under the Children’s Act. This role will need excellent communication skills and the ability to build strong working partnerships.
- Lead a team of people to deliver services to children, young people and families, making recommendations for new activity, whilst making a positive difference to children and young people.
- Responsible for workload allocation, management, as well as regularly reviewing team members’ cases.
- Responsible for the evaluation and development of the Family Centres’ work, to implement Best Value and effectively manage delegated budgets.
- Contributing to local service delivery as an active member of the quadrant and County management team, including providing support and cover for frontline teams.
- Attend professional partnership meetings, management meetings and Child Protection Conferences where required.
- Develop and deliver training courses/bespoke and group work to meet need and demand for children and families in the local area.
- Accountable for decisions at referral, planning and closure client meetings, providing good quality information.
- Build strong working relationships with other statutory and voluntary organisations to develop and sustain services that best meet the needs of clients that constitute the services’ core business as agreed across Essex.
- Responsible for investigating and responding to complaints relating to team members and their cases, in accordance with the complaints procedure.
- Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.
- Responsible for managing and running an ECC building, including meeting fire regulations and health and safety aspects.
- Responsible for providing an appropriate space for the Contact Team to undertake ‘Family Time’ between children in foster care and their parents.
The Experience You Will Bring
- A recognised social work qualification i.e. Diploma, degree or Masters in social work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent, with current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a registered social worker.
- Evidence of continuing professional development, aligned to any relevant Professional Competency/Capability frameworks or Knowledge and Skills Statements.
- Significant experience of social work within child care with evidence of having worked in challenging circumstances with families.
- Strong leadership and behavioural skills with the ability to lead change and forge a highly performing and motivated team from diverse backgrounds to deliver local objectives and work to required professional standards.
- Experience of Court proceedings under the Children’s Act and demonstrates a comprehensive and up to date understanding of all relevant legislation, specifically the Children’s Act and other regulation and guidance.
- Excellent communication skills with experience of developing and delivering presentations and training packages.
- Experience of managing finance and developing information systems.
- Building strong relationships with partners, other agencies and the local community to develop new initiatives, achieve joint objectives and offer a supportive framework for children and their families.
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The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.
Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.
Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.
We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.
What you should do next
If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.
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