Team Manager

New London Borough of Lewisham    2 hours ago Post Date

Job Ref: CYP-21-
Job type: Full-time 35 hours
Closing date: Monday 9th May , 11:59
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: £52, – £54, (PO7) per annum

Our Vision – What Good Childrens Social Work Looks Like in Lewisham
In Lewisham Childrens Social Care, we know what good social work looks like and we are passionate about creating the right conditions and culture for good practice to thrive.

Families are respected and supported to stay together, whenever there is safety.
Families will tell us they understand why we are involved.
Children will tell us their social worker has made a difference to their lives.
Children who are in our care know we care and we wont give up on them.
Young people who have been in our care feel confident about their future.

We have taken a whole system approach to improving our services to children and young people in our borough using Signs of Safety as our practice model. Ofsted recognised the progress we have made in their focussed inspection in July 21 noting that:

Staff talk positively about their manageable caseloads, regular supervision, team meetings and access to a range of training, including the social work model of practice.
Senior leaders demonstrate a clear focus on hearing the voices of children to develop and improve services.
Leaders know the service well. They have a clear understanding of areas for development that are being appropriately addressed.

We know we are making progress but we recognise that we still have more to do. We need passionate, creative and energetic leaders and managers to join our teams to get us where we want to be. Could this be you?

We are recruiting to Team Manager posts in Childrens Social Care. But why choose Lewisham?

Our staff tell us that they enjoy working at Lewisham and that there is a positive learning culture where reflective supervision and continuing professional development are promoted.
Lewisham has so much to offer any social worker. I feel supported, respected and valued every step of the way (Social Worker).

As a team manager, you will be a key member of our leadership team. You will manage a team of 5-6 social workers and you will be responsible for the professional development of your staff. You will lead on practice improvement in your team and service area using Signs of Safety as our practice framework. You will be a skilled and reflective practitioner and leader and will have a clear vision of what good practice with children and families looks like. You will be able to use and analyse performance data effectively to support our work with children and families.

Our social workers benefit from working in small, supportive teams. Our caseloads are on average between 15-20 children. In Lewisham, we are committed to working in a relationship-based way with children and families, focussing on strengths in the family network to effect change. Promoting opportunities for reflection and relationship-based practice are important to us. We are committed to developing our practice using reflective practice spaces such as case mapping, listening circles and group supervision.

If you join us as a team manager, you will be part of a permanent and stable leadership team who are visible and approachable. We have a dedicated principal social worker and workforce team supporting professional development across the service. You will be supported through our comprehensive learning and development offer, which includes subscriptions to Research in Practice and Making Research Count. You will receive regular supervision and appraisal. We offer an established leadership development programme to our team managers and this offer includes 1-1 professional development coaching.

You will also have access to regular Signs of Safety training and the opportunity to become a practice leader through attending our bespoke practice leader course. Our staff have access to external leadership development opportunities including the Practice Supervisor Development Programme (PSDP), Firstline and the Black and Asian Leadership Initiative (BALI). We have a clearly defined career progression pathway with opportunities for social workers to become NAAS accredited as part of their professional development.

We have a strong working relationship with Goldsmiths, University of London as part of the South East London Teaching Partnership. Our practitioners have the opportunity to teach on social work courses as teaching consultants. We host both Step Up and traditional route students and social workers have the opportunity to become practice educators.

Creating an Inclusive Lewisham
A core value of Lewisham Council is to ‘draw on the diversity of our communities to create a more inclusive Lewisham’. We believe that freedom from discrimination and equality of opportunity are fundamental rights and that each person should be valued regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, gender re-assignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, or age. Social inclusion lies at the heart of everything we do as a Council in our roles as an employer, a provider of services and a community leader.

We are based in two offices in Catford SE6. There are 2 local train stations
5-10 minutes walk from both offices, and the train journey from London Bridge is approximately 15 minutes. There are also numerous bus routes that stop right by the offices. Whilst the service is primarily based in Laurence House, we operate a hybrid approach whereby you may be required to work both in the office and from home as determined by service requirements.

What were looking for
Lewisham is the London Borough of Culture and if you want to work in a thriving borough and our social work vision connects with your professional values, then we are interested in hearing from you. We are looking for people to join our team who:

value the importance of communication and seeking feedback
can inspire and motivate those they work with, manage and lead
are committed to developing their skills and expertise to deliver an excellent service
are professionally curious and value thinking slowly and calmly in a balanced way
work inclusively, collaboratively with others recognising their strengths
take responsibility and make a positive contribution by focusing on solutions
are transparent, are appreciative in enquiry, reflect and learn.

In return, well offer excellent development opportunities, plus a range of benefits that includes a career average pension scheme, flexible working, a generous leave entitlement and the opportunity to make a real difference to our local community.

We currently have vacancies for team managers across our service areas including Referral and Assessment, Safe Space (working with vulnerable adolescents), Family Support and Safeguarding and our Leaving Care service.

Salary details
£52, – £54, (PO7) per annum

All appointments will be offered at the minimum spinal column point (SCP) for the grade of the role. The only exception to this will be when matching current salary (up to the maximum of the scale), which is subject to evidential proof.

Lewisham Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.

We value diversity and welcome applications from all backgrounds.

The post is subject to a DBS.

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