The starting salary for this position is £61,463 per annum based on a 36-hour working week.
‘Surrey’s Children’s Families and Learning work to ensure that all children and young people are seen and heard, feel safe and can grow. We use a whole family approach to ensure families get the help and support they need from different professionals working as one team.’
A fantastic opportunity has arisen in the North East quadrant for a Service Manager of the Children Looked After & Care Leavers Service.
We are keen to recruit a manager with a good understanding of safeguarding practice, you will have an opportunity to influence and shape the future direction of the service working with all partners.
As a Service Manager for Children Looked After (CLA) you will:
Directly monitor and coordinate services for Looked After Children and Care Leavers in The North East area in Children's services. Ensuring that an integrated and evidence-based approach delivers improved outcomes for children and young people, enables them to achieve a strong identity, good health and achieve their maximum potential.
Ensure that children and young people maintain positive family time with siblings and family members and return to live with appropriate family members wherever this is appropriate with their welfare and needs.
Under an Assistant Director you will be required to plan, organise, and manage the service. As we continue to improve, this role will provide both challenges and rewards for the successful candidate. Working in collaboration with your colleague Service Managers, key partners and members you will ensure that the council fulfils its obligations as Corporate Parents.
Your leadership ability will be evidenced by your communication skills and ability to work with a broad range of professionals and partner agencies. You will ensure the service is delivered within budget and lead a performance culture that develops personal responsibility and accountability, so social workers can build effective supportive relationships with children, young people and their families ensuring timeliness and quality of service.
To be shortlisted to interview your CV and personal statement need to address the requirements detailed in the role profile attached at the bottom of this advert and you will clearly evidence:
- Professional social work qualification, CQSW or Diploma in Social Work (DipSW), or other relevant qualification recognised by the Social Work England. bb
- Registered or in process of registering with the Social Work England.
- Substantial experience in assessing the needs of, and undertaking direct work with children and young people, together with a track record at Team Manager level of improving children and young people's lives in UK statutory services.
- Wide ranging experience of working with parents, families, carers and networks to achieve optimal outcomes for children and young people.
- Able to demonstrate understanding of the needs of children/young people in their specialist area with the ability to work with the Assistant Director and Directors, partners and other parties to develop and implement plans and actions that ensure improvement.
- Ability to evidence skills in motivational interviewing/willingness to learn; successful record on partnership working; purposeful high quality supervision that has impacted on improved outcomes for children, young people and families and staff retention.
- Willing and able to travel around the county to meet the demands of the role, to work from different sites, and work evenings and weekends if required in line with service needs.
- Satisfactory DBS clearance is required.
We'd love to hear from you if you are passionate about improving outcomes for children and young people. We’ve made a great start in changing things for the better at Surrey and now want the best people to join us to continue the great work already achieved.
At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.
For more information, please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.Additional Information
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 06/07/2022.
Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis therefore we recommend an early application.
An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
For an informal discussion please contact Nicole Miller – North East Assistant Director by e-mail at email@example.com. We look forward to receiving your application.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.