Team Manager - Care and Placement Services
The Care and Placement Services team is a vital part of the future of effective social care in Wiltshire - and to the future of vulnerable children and young people who are in the care of Wiltshire Council. Within the wider service, the Fostering Team has its own goals and priorities to improve the life chances and outcomes of looked after children. The Team is working hard to recruit more foster carers; we want to make sure that they receive the best support we can give and so provide more safe and secure places for children to live when they cannot return home. The Team is responsible for managing everything to do with the advertising for, and recruitment of, in-house foster carers and Supported Lodgings providers, their support, supervision and review and the making of placements and home finding for children.
In short, you will be an important part of the team, working to ensure brighter young futures.
About the role
Joining our experienced team as we continue to improve and remodel our services to families and children, you'll help us to transform outcomes for children, their families and carers across Wiltshire. Your role will be to manage and support the Fostering Team: you will take responsibility for the day to day work of the team, supported by two Assistant Team Managers - managing performance and fostering practice, developing partnerships and ensuring that we're working effectively with external agencies. You will help to develop the strategic approach to fostering, in all its guises, and the recruitment of foster carers, working closely with other managers and colleagues from the wider Service.
This is an exciting time to be part of the Service. You will be directly involved in developing and shaping what we do with opportunity to innovate and bring new ideas, energy and enthusiasm to your role.
Alongside a relevant qualification, you'll need substantial knowledge of social work and experience of leading Children and Families teams. Experience of working with children in care and fostering services, along with direct management experience would be advantageous. Strong communication and motivational skills are also key to this role so that you can bring your team members and other colleagues along as we continue to develop and improve what we do.
Above all, we are looking for Team Manager who is ambitious for themselves and for their team, who has drive, energy and ideas. We need you to help us bring improvement right across our service.
Applicants for this role must be qualified to a DipSW level or equivalent and be registered as a Social Worker with HCPC registration. This is an essential requirement for this role and if you do not meet this requirement your application will not be considered.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, as an employee you will be expected to share this commitment.