Practitioner Manager

London Borough of Lambeth
Date Posted
9th May 2018
Health & Social Care
Inside IR35
£25 to £30 Per Hour

London Borough of Lambeth


Job Description



Job title:                 Adult Safeguarding Practitioner Manager


Grade:                    PO5


Department:           Adults & Community Services


Division:                  Disability and Older People


Business Unit:      Safeguarding Adults Unit


Responsible to:      Service Manager


Main Duties

  • The post holder will oversee, monitor and record operational activity to managers and care managers in Lambeth to ensure that the Adult Safeguarding policies are appropriately and consistently implemented.
  • The post holder will advise key agency staff regarding required operational activity in relation to Safeguarding Alerts, and monitor subsequent activity.
  • The post holder will support the Safeguarding Adults Inter-Agency Coordinator in implementing and monitoring policy and practice in the safeguarding of adults at risk on a multi-agency basis across Lambeth.

Key responsibility areas:

  1. To provide advice and consultancy to managers, staff and colleagues in other agencies on the management of and decision making on cases involving the suspected abuse of vulnerable adults, promoting the multi-agency policy and procedures.
  2. To chair of safeguarding adults strategy meetings and case conferences and reviews so as to achieve consistent and appropriate decisions.
  3. To participate in safeguarding discussions held by operational care management staff to assist safeguarding planning.
  4. To monitor the quality and consistency of decision-making and practice in safeguarding adults at risk.
  5. To contribute to the training and briefings of Social Care and Health staff, voluntary and private sector staff in promoting best practice.
  6. To assist Safeguarding Adults Inter-Agency Co-ordinator in advising the Safeguarding Adults Executive Committee and Board.
  7. To reviewing Safeguarding Adults policy and practice in conjunction with the Safeguarding Adults Inter-Agency Co-ordinator.
  8. To contribute, in conjunction with Senior Safeguarding Information Officer to implement and develop systems to monitor the handling of allegations and the outcomes of investigations, ensuring this system will also provide regular reports about the adult protection activity across Lambeth.
  9. To carry out all of the above duties in line with the Council’s Equal Opportunity and Diversity Policies.

Staff management:

  1. To ensure that SAU staff receive regular, planned and appropriate supervision, support and guidance, including the identification of, and planning to meet, training and development needs through the Councils appraisal scheme.
  2. To ensure that all SAU staff receive appropriate induction and training including assisting in the setting up and running of training courses.
  3. To be responsible for and directly line-manage Senior Safeguarding Information Officer if required.
  4. To manage staff in accordance with the council’s Human Resource policies    instigating disciplinary, sickness and capability procedures where necessary administrative staff.
  5. To foster the work performance and professional development of staff by ensuring that they have the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to carry  out the administration tasks in line with prevailing performance standards.

Performance management:

  1. To play a lead role in the setting of objectives and targets relevant for the development of the Safeguarding Adults Unit, reflecting operational service plans in line with the Investors in People standard.
  2. To contribute to managing, in conjunction with the Senior Safeguarding Information Officer, the service’s processing and maintenance of referral, service activity and service user information on all appropriate management information systems.
  3. To attend, participate in, and contribute to the Service Performance Boards on a quarterly basis and take appropriate action as recommended by the Boards.
  4. To ensure accurate and prompt recording on Framework of all activities, with due regard to the need to record views of clients and carers, and to facilitate appropriate access to records by service users and their carers.
  5. To collaborate with the Performance and Information Team to ensure that the departmental computer-based information is able to meet the demands of vulnerable adults work and is able to provide the information necessary to monitor performance and to plan future developments in this area of work.
  6. To contribute to managing the safe guarding of adults across all adult teams in ACS.  This will also include working across agency boundaries including health facilities and the PCT.
  7. To oversee and monitor recording systems related to the safeguarding of vulnerable adults work and outcomes,


  1. To ensure that all expenditure is in accordance with budget restrictions, audit requirements, standing orders and corporate procurement policy.
  2. To contribute to the annual budget setting process by producing activity data and advising on anticipated changes in demand for services.
  3. To manage and monitor other related budgets of the Safeguarding Adult Team, for example, stationery, equipment.
  4. To meet regularly with finance staff to monitor expenditure and activity and agree and implement action plans to ensure that the agreed budget is not exceeded.
  5. To oversee and monitor recording systems related to the safeguarding of vulnerable adults work and outcomes.

General duties:

  1. To maintain detailed knowledge of all relevant government policy, legislation, statutory guidance and contribute to ensuring that the practice and operations of the service comply with these.
  2. To monitor whether departmental procedures in relation to recording and sharing of information are adhered to.
  3. To prepare and contribute to monitoring reports for the Executive and other Member-led meetings.
  4. To respond to enquiries about specific cases from Elected Members, the Chief Executive and the Executive Director Adults’ and Community Services within the appropriate corporate timeframe.
  5. To attend sub-divisional management team meetings and participate fully in the corporate activities of the team, including the development of new projects, systems and methods of working.
  6. To participate in the recruitment of staff as appropriate.
  7. To take responsibility, appropriate to the post for tackling racism and promoting good race, ethnic and community relations.


London Borough of Lambeth


Person Specification


Job title:                 Adult Safeguarding Practitioner Manager


Grade:                    PO5


Department:           Adults & Community Services


Division:                  Disability and Older People


Business Unit:      Safeguarding Adults Unit


Reports to:              Service Manager



It is essential that in your written application you give evidence or examples of your proven experience in each of the Short-listing Criteria marked Essential (E)




Short-listing criteria



Dip SW or equivalent.


Key Knowledge


Good knowledge of the relevant legislation and guidance relating to Safeguarding Adults’ and the application of IT



Relevant Experience


Experience in applying a good understanding and knowledge of Community Care legislation and guidance, particularly in relation to adults.





Experience of work with an appropriate adult client group in a statutory setting.






Experience of dealing with safeguarding adults issues





Experience of planning and delivering training







Leading and Motivating: Provides clear and equitable leadership, motivating others to maximise their performance.




Building Effective Partnerships: Develops productive working relationships with staff group, colleagues and all potential partners in service delivery.



Communicating in Writing: Writes clearly and succinctly, conveying key information effectively and creating a positive impact.




Communicating Orally: Speaks in a clear and confident way, getting the key points across to a diversity of audiences.



Making Decisions: Resolves problems effectively after exploring the options and considering the implications.




Creating Customer Centred Services: Develops services which involve and respond to customers, meeting real needs with good quality delivery.



Managing Diversity: Ensures oppressive practices are effectively tackled, promoting position recognition of differences, mutual respect and merit-based opportunity.








Managing & Minimising Risk: Manages working practices, working relationships and the work place to sustain the safest possible environment for customers, self and staff.




Being Financially Aware: Fully considers the financial dimension to own activities, monitoring expenditure and ensuring true value for money is delivered.




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