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Team Manager (Early Help)

Employer: Wokingham Borough Council

  • Reference: WKBC/17/39003
  • Published on: Fri 14/07/2017 11:20 AM
  • Closing on: Wed 09/08/2017 12:00 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Permanent
  • Hours:
  • Salary: Up to £49,491 plus relocation package of up to £10k
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Wokingham Borough Council, Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire

Are you an Early Help specialist looking for further development and a genuine opportunity to be at the forefront of shaping innovative holistic services within a small and supportive – but well-resourced – team?

Vacancy Description

Our Early Help service is re-shaping and we now need a committed and innovative Team Manager to continue this work.

Within this role, you will take a holistic view of the service and put your skills to the test driving quality, innovation and best practice. We firmly believe in providing a full spectrum of services, ranging from early interventions to helping complement, develop and sustain progress that families have already made.

We have already ‘moved mountains’ in our drive for improvement. We now want to develop a fully-flexible workforce who are able to turn their hands to a range of skills when providing services for our children. We also want to develop responsive Early Help services that parents/carers can access at their time of need, as well as later at a time of their choosing.

Our Team Manager (Early Help) will be responsible for strategically guiding and further developing three teams: Multi agency Early Help hub and family support services; Youth offending and prevention and Targeted youth services, as well as having some responsibility for managing our two children’s centres. You will also work to integrate partner services, such as health visiting, into our children’s centres.

Wokingham is in an enviable situation; we have low staff turnover, high morale and our social workers and Early Help Practitioners can see the impact of their work in our Early Help service. Case-loads are low and well-resourced and the work is varied and interesting. We also provide excellent training and development opportunities.

About you

We are looking for a committed and innovative individual with experience and knowledge of running Early Help services. You will have worked in statutory services and Early Help and have a solid knowledge of safeguarding. In addition, you will have experience of leadership (you will be responsible for a team of 12 staff).

As part of our middle management team, we expect you to be a problem-solver who can also think strategically.

Most of all, however, you will be committed to putting children firmly at the centre of your decision-making and share in Wokingham’s ambition to be the best.

About us

Wokingham is a small but highly-ambitious authority. A closer look at our Children’s Services will uncover a network of high-performing teams that are not afraid to take risks in the pursuit of excellence. Team members enjoy a stable environment where they have space to think and take an innovative approach to social work practice.

In addition, staff enjoy an extensive list of benefits – such as flexible working arrangements and a generous annual leave allowance – and a commitment to continual development, including management and leadership training, as well as coaching and mentoring opportunities.

But it’s not just about the work. Wokingham is also an attractive place in which to live and work. Within easy striking distance of London, our leafy green countryside and lifestyle offer are second to none.

How to apply

If you feel that you have what it takes to stand amongst the very best in this sector then we want to hear from you.

We wish to make the application process as straightforward as possible. We just ask you to complete an online application form and provide brief information against a couple of specific application questions.

For informal enquiries, please contact Eleanor Clarke or Sue Wait at Jobsgopublic SmartSearch, our retained consultants, on 020 7427 8255.

Selection Process

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 9th August 12:00pm

Interviews to take place weeks commencing 21st August and 4th September (with some flexibility to fit candidates’ holiday arrangements).

Candidates will be asked to make a 10-15 minute presentation and then undergo a 45-minute panel interview.

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