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About The Role

Job Title: Social Work Manager - Children in Care Team 
Location: Hereford (Hybrid)
Hours: 37 per week
Salary: HC11 £48,474 - £52,859 (plus £5,000 market rate supplement per year £53,474 - £57,859)
Welcome payment: £5,000 after 6 months completion in post
Relocation package of up to £10,000 available
Contract: permanent

Closing date: 12/05/2024

The Role

We are looking for a Children in Care Team Manager with passion and drive to help us improve our service and continue make us the best we can be.

As a team manager you will develop, manage and support a small team of 6 social workers to deliver an effective Children in Care service, which safeguards children but also explores permanency plans for our children.  You will provide regular, quality personal and professional supervision to support your social work team and oversee work with children, young people and families.

You will have a keen eye for detail and be confident to signing off various assessments and reports from your team of social workers. You will be confident to lead and participate in meetings at various levels of need, including, but not exclusive to chairing strategy meetings.

You will be passionate to develop and inspire Restorative Practice principles in the team to build and maintain positive and healthy relationships, resolve difficulties and repair harm where there has been conflict.  To ensure outcomes for children and their families are appropriately developed and progressed in a timely way.

You will work diligently alongside our key partner agencies to ensure care planning for our children and families is delivered in a timely way and proportionate to need.

You will have a minimum of 2 experience as a team manager within Children’s Social Care and a proven record including;

  • Supervising and supporting social workers
  • Overseeing effective service delivery
  • Building sustainable multi-agency relationships around children
  • Quality assurance

You will have a recognised social work qualification and will be registered with Social Work England.

We Offer

A competitive salary, generous holiday entitlement, and access to our contributory pension and staff benefits scheme, which includes:

  • Team Manager starting salary: £48,474 - £52,859 per annum
  • Market rate supplement: plus £5,000 per year 
  • Welcome payment £5,000 for experienced social workers joining our children’s teams
  • Relocation packages: support of up to £10,000
  • Pension Scheme Enrolment in the Local Government (LGPS)
  • Professional development: protected time and budget to support social workers develop themselves and their careers.
  • Career progression: clear pathways to progress.
  • Generous Annual Leave: 31 days (pro rata) plus bank holidays. You can also purchase an additional 10 days per annum
  • Flexible working: flexi-time, job-share, part-time hours and, in some instances, home working
  • Employee Assistance Programme: 24/7 access to support and counselling
  • Payment of professional membership fees
  • Pick your perks – our benefits include access to a range of retail, leisure, holiday and health benefits. This includes savings, cash back and discounts.

About Us

Herefordshire is a beautiful, historic county located in the heart of the Marches on the border with Wales. We are one of the most rural and sparsely populated counties in England with a wealth of unspoilt countryside, distinctive heritage, and lively and attractive market towns.

Our priority in Herefordshire is to keep children safe and give them a great start in life. It’s the priority for the council, our partners and for all of us who work with Children & Young People. 

How do we do this? By having dynamic, dedicated, passionate and professional staff who work in a culture that focuses on what we can achieve with children, what they can achieve themselves, and the relationship we build with families and partners to enable this. We have invested heavily in training and developing staff in our relational practice approach with our improvement partner Leeds City Council, so it's an exciting time to join Herefordshire – we believe in investing in you so you can be the best you can be!

Herefordshire has a really strong team ethos. Our teams are passionate about the work they do and the positive difference they and the teams they are in make to people’s lives. This is all underpinned by the focus and support from their managers and the council as a whole. 

We will deliver better support to our most vulnerable children and their families, develop stronger relationships with partners across the region, and beyond.

Therefore, we take our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults seriously and expect all of our staff, visitors and volunteers to share in this commitment.

Come to Herefordshire and join the journey.

Herefordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children & young people and vulnerable adults. If you are offered this position, it will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced check and further pre-employment checks.

We welcome applicants whatever their personal characteristics or social identity. All requests for flexible working arrangements and reasonable adjustments will be considered.

The following candidates will be interviewed if they meet the essential criteria for the post they are applying for:

  • Those who indicate that they have a disability. This is part of our commitment to the “Disability Confident” scheme;
  • Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are an Armed Forces Veteran or Reservist. This is part of our pledge to support the Armed Forces Covenant; and
  • Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are a Herefordshire care leaver. This is part of our commitment to supporting young people leaving our care. 

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for more details of this role.

To apply, please submit your CV and complete the supporting statement within the application form, referring to the job description & person specification, detailing how you meet the specific requirements of the role.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you would like to obtain details regarding feedback on your application please contact Hoople Resourcing at: [email protected]

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