To manage the provision of a duty/intake service in the allocation, monitoring and supervision of the work of a social work team using agreed workload management systems, in order to ensure staff resources are deployed effectively and professional/performance standards are maintained.
To manage, motivate and develop staff, identifying individual and collective training needs and setting training objectives in conjunction with learning and development colleagues to co-ordinate the overall development of the team.
To ensure the maintenance of confidential and accurate records, making use of management information systems in the recording, retrieval and analysis of information as required by the department in order to ensure statutory and practice requirements are met.
To provide professional supervision and support to senior practitioners and social workers to ensure the appropriate management of statutory work and development of high quality standards and practice
To prepare reports, statements and such other legal documents as may be required in relation to children and young persons, attend court and represent the department to ensure legal and statutory requirements are met and carried out.
To hold, manage and be responsible for such budgets as may be delegated, approving and authorising expenditure relative to the need/service requirements and ensure packages of care are reviewed regularly.
To develop and identify resources required for packages of care and base these on identified needs, taking into account departmental policies and procedures within agreed departmental priorities and ensuring staff take responsibility for budgetary control requirements and are imaginative in their approach towards the purchasing and commissioning of services, seeking alternative funding where possible.
The role is primarily a supervisory role, overseeing the work of a team of Qualified Social Workers.
Satisfactory enhanced DBS check.
Diploma in social work or equivalent qualification.
Substantial post-qualifying experience of working with children and families in a multi-cultural, inner-city community.
Ability to lead, motivate staff and drive performance within a Team Management and Supervisory experience in social work.
Analytical skills and budget skills. Strategic and project management experience. Experience of safeguarding, care proceedings and court work.
Demonstrable working knowledge of complex assessments of a children’s needs and/or risk.
Experience of designing,implementing and monitoring care/protection plans.
Experience of supervision of students or professional supervision of qualified staf including case consultation and case reviews.