Childrens Service Manager- Family/ Adolescent Safeguarding
GBP60,258- GBP68,151 per annum for working 36 hours per week.
We are looking for a number of Service Managers for our Family/ Adolescent Safeguarding teams. We currently have vacancies in the following locations across Surrey:
- NE- Leatherhead, but with a planned office move for later this year to Walton- on - Thames
- SE- Redhill
- NW- Guildford
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 24 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.
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.
About the role
We have redesigned the way we do things at Surrey and are implementing the award winning approach to statutory social work, 'Family Safeguarding', whereby we will use motivational interviewing to work with families' strengths, taking the time to understand their needs fully. In doing this we are:
- Focused on solving problems before they escalate and offer flexible responsive support when and where it is required;
- Recognising and meeting the needs of adults in order to reduce harm to children and
- Building the resilience of families and communities to support each other
Overall we are aiming to align services to provide a more seamless provision to children and their families and reduce the number of case holders and managers that children come into contact with as they pass through the system from the front door, to becoming looked after.
As a Service Manager you will be required to plan, organise and manage your Family/Adolescent Safeguarding Teams, providing effective operational management and support, as required, but delegating this to your Team Managers, where required, so as to support your Assistant Director to deliver on portfolio commitments.
You will lead your area based Family Safeguarding/Adolescent service, with the overall aim of keeping as many children in need/in need of protection, safely within their family. You will champion the use of strengths-based motivational practice across your teams, and will work closely with other multi-disciplinary teams to address parental mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse as well as other issues affecting young people and their families.
As a skilled communicator you will have the ability to work with a broad range of people, including working respectfully with children, young people and their families in a truly co-productive way that encourages them to develop their own solutions and to identify what support they require. You will consistently ensure the views, wishes and feelings of our children, young people and their families are used to inform care plans produced by your teams, ensuring that all cases are safely and efficiently managed to agreed service standards, on time and within budget. Your strong interpersonal skills will allow you to work positively with partners to deliver innovative and integrated services that provide value for money.
Your leadership skills, broad experience of working with children, and young people and specialist knowledge will ensure that your teams deliver and learn from good practice, are accountable for their work and are committed to improving outcomes.
If you have the passion and ambition that matches ours we would love to hear from you.
Please ensure that you refer to the full role profile attached at the bottom of this advert when applying.
For an informal discussion about our Family/Adolescent Safeguarding Service Manager roles please contact the following:
NE- Juliette Blake- or
SE- Sam Bushby- or
NW- Jo Moses- or
We look forward to receiving your application.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 8th September 2019.
Interview dates are to be confirmed. If successful in being shortlisted you will be invited to an attend an assessment day.