Service Manager - Family Wellbeing Service
Service Manager - Family Wellbeing Service
Management Grouping: Children's Services
Service/Team: Children's Social Care - Family Wellbeing Service
Location: Civic Offices, Bexleyheath
Salary: GBP57,675 - GBP65,598 (inclusive of GBP3,000 pa Market Premium & Choices* of GBP2,322 pa)
Contract: Permanent/36 Hours per week
Closing Date: 19 th December 2018
Job reference: ECS
"Bexley is a safe and supportive place to work with highly creative work undertaken by a skilled and well supported workforce - Ofsted 2018"
The Council, its staff and partners, were delighted in August this year when Ofsted judged the overall effectiveness of children's social care services to be 'outstanding'! We were especially pleased that our investment in frontline practitioners and managers was recognised. We have been working for four years to create an environment where our staff can do the work they came into the profession to do - to support and help families to stay together where this is in children's best interests and it is safe enough for this to happen.
Our family well- being service is an integral part of our vision for local families in Bexley. We work with families as soon as any difficulties become apparent and we aim to provide the most effective support we can with the least disruption to family life as possible. We believe strongly in the principles of the 1989 Children Act, specifically that the upbringing of children in their own families is where our help must be directed to enable families to identify their own solutions. Where we need to act to protect children, we do, but our first act is to understand and honour every family's wisdom about what will work to promote the safety and welfare of their children.
Family well-being is an intensive service offered locally to parents. It is a consent based offer working closely with our statutory social work service. Families who live with violence, mental ill health, drug or alcohol abuse, over use of physical chastisement and /or children at risk of or already excluded from school are offered our support. There are two teams, each with a team manager and capacity for up to 400 children in total. In partnership with parents, we undertake family well - being assessments and plans with help available from locally commissioned services. Our family keyworkers are the central co-ordinators of the plans in collaboration with schools, local health services and our voluntary sector partners. The recent inspection judged the quality of work in this service to be outstanding.
We are looking for a service manager to continue to build on our excellent foundation but to help us to innovate even further with our preventative work. First and foremost, we need you to be an exciting practitioner believing firmly in the rights of families to bring up their children safely and where they need support, to be able to help to develop respectful and authentic offers of help. You will need to have experience as a team manager and be a qualified social worker. In addition, you will be creative and collaborative as a leader working closely with colleagues in our Multi - Agency Safeguarding hub and our child protection teams.
Ofsted judged that we provide strong management oversight of practice, that we have a well - embedded practice framework to enable meaningful family focused help, that we offer clear progress in career pathways, a talent management scheme and a nurturing environment to enable social work to flourish. We believe deeply in relationship based practice and ' Signs of Safety ' is the vehicle enabling us to do this respectfully and in collaboration with the people we are trying to help.
If this sounds exciting and reassuring, we want you to get in touch with us. Our workforce is stable with over 90% permanent staff, but we are always looking for practitioners wanting to come and practice confidently as part of our team making a difference for families and children.
We will invest in you in return for your investment in our families and children.
Appointment to this post will be subject to the outcome of an Enhanced Disclosure obtained through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
What we Offer:
- An excellent working environment at our fantastic offices
- Professional supervision
- Opportunities for flexible working with excellent ICT facilities
- Bexley has a flexible and generous package to support you moving to work in Bexley. We will pay up to GBP8k which you can use as you wish, e.g. to pay a deposit or mortgage, to meet housing costs, fees and other expenses.
- Career progression pathways for training and continuous professional development
- Signs of Safety Training and the opportunity to become an SOS Practice Lead
- Opportunity to engage in our Aspiring Leaders Programme
- Reimbursement of HCPC subscription
- Our Choices Benefits include a lease car or cash options to the value of GBP2,322 per annum
- Excellent local government pension scheme
- Performance related pay with the opportunity to earn a 5% bonus each year
- MyChoice Staff Benefit Scheme - Includes Childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, access to high street shopping vouchers and online discount codes.
- Annual Leave Purchase Scheme
View more about our employment deal at our website.
How to apply
- Closing Date for your application: 19/12/2018
- Please visit our website to find out more and apply. CVs will not be accepted unless they are submitted with a completed application form.
- Anticipated Interview date: 09/01/2019
This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
This post is considered by the authority to be a customer-facing position; as such it falls within scope of the Code of Practice on English Language Requirement for Public Sector Workers. The council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the JD/Person Specification. These will be applied during the recruitment/selection and probationary stages.
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