Brighter Futures for Children
Brighter Futures for Children is improving outcomes for Reading's children, young people and families.
We are an independent, not-for-profit-company, wholly owned by Reading Borough Council. Our responsibility is to deliver quality children's services, early help, education and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services in the borough.
• We protect and enhance the lives of the children of Reading.
• We help families find long-term solutions to ensure children lead happy, healthy, and successful lives.
• We embrace new and proven ways of working, including; Trauma Informed practice, Restorative approaches, Strong partnership working, Quick and appropriate decision-making.
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Team Manager to drive forward change and embed best practice whilst supporting the whole service with raising disability awareness.
The Children & Young Peoples Disability Team is a multi-disciplinary team which consists of Social workers, Occupational Therapists and a Social Work assistant. The team offers support, guidance and interventions for children, young people and their families that have a diagnosis of a sever or profound disability. The children and families that are open to this team may be open for an assessment, on a Child In Need plan, a Child Protection plan, or Child Looked After care plan.
The successful candidate will have experience of managing a team and extensive knowledge of both children’s social care legislation and legislation/ regulation’s specific to children and families with disabilities. In addition to the operational management of the team you will work closely with the the SEND commissioner, the SEND Team, the Transitions Team and colleagues in both Health and Education.
• Ensure effective delivery of a service in a specialised field in accordance with legislative requirements, all relevant policies and procedures and agreed performance targets.
• To advise your line manager of any significant incident, event or identified trend, in order to ensure effective and timely management and resolution.
• Provide advice and support in relation to complex cases; respond to complaints from service users/relatives/carers.
• Allocate and supervise workload to agreed service priorities; monitor case files, computerised records; deal with workload management issues as they arise.
• Lead a team of staff, including recruitment, induction, training and personal development, absence management, retention, grievance/discipline/capability, succession planning, work force planning.
• Undertake professional supervision of staff, including appraisals and staff development activities.
• Undertake performance management, quality assurance and ensure value for money in services delivered by the team; act on inadequate performance as appropriate.
• Social Work qualification and HCPC registration
• Appropriate Post Qualifying Moderated Training eg PQ Level 1 or 2 / Consolidation or Specialist / Practice Teacher of Enabling Learning or equivalent is desirable.
• Willingness to undertake a relevant management qualification is expected for all teams and an undertaking to complete a management qualification is required for fostering and adoption teams.
Essential knowledge, skills and experience:
• Demonstrable post qualification experience and direct management experience within a statutory children’s social care service.
• Experience of the legal and social care policy framework
• Effective implementation of quality performance management systems
• Experience of effectively and productively chairing complex meetings
• Experience of the concept and activity of corporate parenting
• Leadership experience and understanding of influence
Contact details for an informal discussion:
What we offer our qualified, permanent workers:
• We offer a supportive framework to develop your career
• You’ll work in a friendly and collaborative environment where we are committed to delivering positive outcomes.
• We have a strong training and developmental pathway
• All team managers are permanent staff and our Consultant Practitioners will coach, mentor and support you.
• Competitive salary
• Local Government Pension Scheme
• Discounted childcare
• On-site outstanding nursery
• Free parking
• Pool cars.
We offer a range of extras
• Cycle to work scheme
• Season ticket loans
• Local discounts
• Health and wellbeing programme
• Staff Club and social events.
Closing date: 19.04.2020
Interview date: week beginning 27.04.2020