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Children’s Social Work Duty Team Manager Ref: RMBC/17/00524

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Children and Young Peoples Services
Safeguarding Children & Families
Based at:  Riverside House
Salary details: Up to £47,108 (includes basic salary of £43,821 + an annual retention payment of £3,287) & excellent benefits  
Job details: 37 Hours, Full Time, Permanent
Closing date: 25 June 2017
Interview date:
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Key benefits – Why work for Rotherham?

  • Low case loads
  • Small teams
  • Strong support from Service Manager
  • Working alongside  4 dedicated and driven duty team managers, as well as 3 MASH managers
  • Co-located with the Public Protection Unit, improving partnership working
  • You will be developed into an excellent Manager. All Social Care Professionals will be trained extensively in the ‘Signs of Safety’ operating model (15 day programme) and Restorative Practice approaches
  • Early Help provision is strong, which is now reducing the demand for social care and supporting professionals with creative options for service users
  • Co-location with MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub)
  • Strong working relationships with locality and early help managers
  • Career Pathway
  • The opportunity to make a real difference to the children and families in need of our support and intervention

ABOUT THE DUTY SERVICE

Rotherham is striving to become a child friendly borough – as such we are caring and committed to improving outcomes for our children.  We have an ambitious programme of improvement and we are determined to provide good quality assessment and support to ensure our children and young people are helped to achieve their full potential and better outcomes in life.

We are working with children, families and our partners, for Rotherham’s Children’s Services to be rated outstanding by 2018;

Children and young people are healthy and safe from harm

Children and young people start school ready to learn for life

Children, young people and their families are ready for the world of work

This will mean our children, young people and families are proud to live and work in Rotherham

We will deliver on our promise to our children – will you?

The Duty Service is made up of 5 teams who undertake assessments on new referrals across the Borough.  The service operates a 5 week duty rota and each team spends one week on duty, allowing the 4 following weeks to complete assessments and other tasks associated.  As the team manage all incoming assessments, this will include S47 investigations; initiating care proceeding; accommodating children; private law reports; risk assessments; pre birth assessments; Legal gateway meetings following PLO processes.  Work is varied and complex.

This post is specifically for a Team Manager in the Duty Service.  

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY 

With new leadership in place and a heartfelt pledge to provide a best practice centre of excellence, we are committed to cultivating a positive, performance-led culture underpinned by plenty of support at all levels. Increasing the number of our teams and upgrading our systems we have reduced caseloads and paperwork, giving our staff more time to dedicate to building relationships that matter. We are confident that you will be joining an organisation that is rewarding in every sense. And most importantly, that will serve our community to the highest possible standards.

Our Team Managers lead social worker teams within Children’s Social Care. As such they are the lynch pins in our organisation: leading and supporting our people in the field and carrying out the day-to-day management of services to our children and young people. Reporting to Service Managers, our Team Managers play a crucial role, dealing with staff at all levels, interpreting and communicating feedback and providing an important, positive interface for their practitioners, in a multi-agency environment. We are confident that you will be joining an organisation that is rewarding in every sense, for every individual.  And most importantly, that will serve our community to the highest possible standards. 

We have invested in training programmes and set out a clear career development pathway. From continuing your professional development with ongoing, practical training, to reaching senior management levels, at Rotherham there is a definite ladder to be climbed for those with talent and ambition. In return we are looking for a real commitment to making a difference to the children and families in Rotherham. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for experienced, flexible and dedicated social workers in a managerial role, to really make a difference for Rotherham’s Children and their families.  

ABOUT YOU

You will have experience of managing a team within a Child Protection service with a particular specialist knowledge and interest in the pace and complexity of duty work. 

You will motivate your team to achieve timely and quality outcomes for our children, ensuring a sound understanding of risk, working closely with partner agencies.   
You will be skilled in quality assuring the work of the team, ensuring that information is accurate and analytical and meets legislative requirements.
You will be able to take a key role in planning and improving services 
You will be used to undertaking workload and caseload reviews and audits
You will be empathetic and sensitive to the needs of those reporting to you, treating people with fairness and respect
You will know how to measure and monitor to ensure everyone performs at their best 
You will be robust enough to deal with complaints or incidents diplomatically 
You will be an influential negotiator when dealing with potential conflict 
You will have a knack for communicating complex messages in a straightforward way 
You will not be afraid to think outside the box to solve problems  and ensure the safety and well-being of looked after children.
You will have a sound understanding of thresholds and their application
You will be capable of making decisions even when there is uncertainty 
You will see the big picture and be open to working with others
You will be skilled at engaging with others and building constructive working relationships
You will be passionate about maximising a child’s life chances
You will care.

If you have any questions regarding the roles please email them to childrenssocialcarejobs@rotherham.gov.uk

 

This post involves working with children and therefore if successful you will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records check at an enhanced level. Further information about the Disclosure Scheme can be found at www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check

Applications from Women, people from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities and Disabled People are welcomed as under-representation currently exists at this level within the organisation. Section 159 of the Equality Act 2010 applies.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

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