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Team Manager - Children in Care Team

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Organisation: Northamptonshire Children's Trust   Hours: 37.00
Salary: £48,729 - £53,494   Working Pattern:Permanent
Location: William Knibb Centre - Kettering   Reference: 22010

Closing date:

10 December 2020 at midday
Northamptonshire Children’s Trust
Children in Care Team – Team Manager
Kettering – William Knibb Centre
£48,729 to £53,494

Our Service
It’s an exciting time to be working in Local Government and Children’s Services in Northamptonshire. In May 2019, the Secretary of State announced the creation of two new unitary authorities and the establishment of a standalone Children’s Trust.
Northamptonshire Children’s Trust is now live and will deliver children’s social care, targeted early help and young offending services. The Children’s Trust will allow for a single focus on improving the outcomes of children and young people in Northamptonshire and will aim to develop a culture that allows the very highest quality of professional practice to flourish, aiming to deliver at the cutting edge of new innovation. The Children’s Trust will deliver services for two new unitary authorities across the county.
The Children in Care Team is a team of highly motivated staff who are committed to achieving the best outcomes for children and young people.
Our children in care service provides oversight for all the children in care in Northamptonshire. This includes children subject to legal proceedings as well as children with a plan to remain long term in our care. We focus on building meaningful relationships with young people, their families and their carers to ensure that we plan effectively for the future of every child.
This vacancy is in the longer term teams in the service and although the Children in Need , Child Protection , and Care proceedings are elements that may appear in the team our main focus is on longer term planning and permanence for our children and young people subject to Care Orders or Accommodated under s20
The Team Manager should ideally have experience of working with Children in Cares complex needs and their families. The Team Manager will supervise Social Workers and Family Support Workers with a range of cases, where the focus and oversight will be the effective progression of Care Planning to ensure the best outcomes for our children and young people.
The Team Manager needs to be passionate about improving the outcomes for some of the most vulnerable children in the County. Strong skills in multi-agency work are essential to the role as we work closely with our colleagues in Education, Health and the voluntary sector. All candidates needs to have a commitment to Signs of Safety as this will be the model that will be key to our improvement journey.

The Role
We are seeking a Team Manager, with current Social Work England registration, and previous leadership experience in a similar role. You will provide leadership to your team, who will consist of a Consultant Social Worker, 5 to 6 Social Workers, a family support worker and a business support administrator. You will be responsible for allocating and prioritising workloads effectively to ensure the care of the child is paramount, whilst also ensuring you develop your team to provide an effective and efficient service. The right candidate will have responsibility for the team plan to meet objectives and ensure performance targets are achieved.

The Person
The right candidate will be a qualified Social Worker, with current Social Work England registration, and ideally with a Level 5 NVQ Management qualification, or equivalent relevant experience. You will have the ability to manage a team and ensure development and performance issues are addressed though support and coaching. You will have previous budgetary control experience, ICT skills and the ability to represent the service at a more senior level if required.

What We Offer

• The opportunity to personally contribute to improving the service
• Monthly high quality supervision
• 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays (with service rises to 32 days plus bank holidays)
• opportunity to buy back up to 5 weeks of additional holiday each year
• Subsidised pension scheme
• Additional 12 weeks of maternity leave at 50%
• Employee discount schemes
• Lease car scheme
• Recruitment Bonus of £2,200 (external applicants only)
• Up to £8,000 relocation payment
• Signs of Safety training
• An onsite academy delivering a variety of learning & development opportunities
• There is parking in areas of Northampton from £4.00 per day.

Internal applicants to apply please send us a copy of your CV and Expression of Interest Form directly to our recruitment team at
For an informal discussion and more information – please contact Angie Marsh – Service Manager at
The closing date for applications is 10th December 2020
We look forward to hearing from you
This post is covered by the statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English is an essential requirement for the role.
Enhanced DBS clearance and SW England required. Some posts in MASH and First Response (s47) teams are based in the Criminal Justice Centre (CJC) and are therefore subject to annual vetting by Northamptonshire Police. This clearance is required to undertake the role.
Please note we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the closing date should we have sufficient applications.

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