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Team Manager - Duty and Assessment Team

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Organisation: Northamptonshire Children's Trust   Hours: 37.00
Salary: £48,729 - £53,494   Working Pattern:Permanent
Location: One Angel Square - Northampton   Reference: 22059

Closing date:

11 December 2020 at midday
Northamptonshire Children’s Trust
Duty and Assessment Team (DAAT)
Team Manager
£48,729 to £53,494


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.

We are currently recruiting energetic and passionate Team Managers to work in our Duty and Assessment Team in Northampton to continue and develop a high quality service.

Our Service
Duty and assessment is the single point of contact for all safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people in Northamptonshire.
Professionals from a range of services that have contact with children, young people, their families and carers, collaborate to ensure immediate and prompt responses; their combined knowledge and expertise keeping children and young people in Northamptonshire safe from harm.
With a rotating duty element, the team works at pace, completing robust short-term quality assessments of need, ensuring the right service provision is in place. Skilled social workers in these teams are friendly and confident professionals, who are able to work collaboratively to very tight deadlines, and ensure the child’s voice is evident throughout.
There are 6 teams within DAAT, each team consists of a Team Manager, Advanced Practitioner, who holds complex cases and supports 5 or 6 Social Workers / Senior Social Workers and a Newly Qualified Social Worker within their team. We collaborate with other professionals to ensure immediate and prompt responses. Their combined knowledge and expertise keep children and young people in Northamptonshire safe from harm. We are supporting excellence in Social Work practice, with a signs of safety based approach, and clear personal development opportunities for the right candidates.
We have a range of opportunities in Northampton for experienced social workers who will contribute creatively to the development of this evolving service.

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 each team consists of a Team Manager, Advanced Practitioner, who holds complex cases and supports 5 or 6 Social Workers / Senior Social Workers and a Newly Qualified Social Worker within their team. 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
• Up to £8,000 relocation payment
• £2,200 Recruitment Bonus (external candidates only)
• 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.

For an informal discussion about the role please email Greta Ullfors – Service Manager GUllfors@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk
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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