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Early Help Team Manager

The Role

Do you see yourself as an Early Help Team Manager who recognises the importance of working with communities that would benefit from Early Help services from Wandsworth Council and community-based interventions?

Would you like to work in a dynamic and creative adolescent service, that offers Early Help through a partnership approach to working with children, young people, and their families?

Does the sound of using a systemic approach and relational informed lens, appeal to you?

If yes, we have the perfect role for you!

We are looking for Team Manager to join our Targeted Youth Support Service at a time of exciting and positive changes in Wandsworth. Come and join us!

About the team

Working for Wandsworth, you will have the opportunity to be part of an established Youth Service based in the Adolescent and Specialist Service, which is innovative and dynamic. The team consist Senior Early Help Practitioners and Early Help Practitioner who work with families in an early help capacity to young people escalating into statuary service.  The team takes a whole family approach, working closely with schools, community provisions and other voluntary provisions.

About the role

We are looking an experienced Early Help manager with a youth work, social work, or other child focused qualification, to join our targeted youth support service at a time of exciting and positive changes in Wandsworth. We are implementing a Family Safeguarding model, with specialists trained in several disciplines (mental health, domestic abuse, and substance misuse) to be co-located within our family and community service. We have also invested in systemic training for staff in early help, both at practitioner and managerial level.

Ofsted have graded Wandsworth Children’s Service as good, and we are now on a journey to be an outstanding local authority and are looking for applicants who wish to join us on this exciting journey. Working alongside the Service Manager, you will be leading on developing the team ensuring a systemic approach.  We are keen to ensure that our services are bespoke, flexible and offer timely interventions.

Contact details

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Nicky Nicholls on email at Nicky.nicholls@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk or by direct phone number at 0208 871 5559.

Benefits

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops, and other establishments. You will also be availed of all training available to the service.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

  • Closing date: 11:59pm on Sunday 12th February 2023
  • Shortlisting date: Week beginning 13th February 2023
  • Interview date: Week beginning 20th February 2023

Useful Information: The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing are our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

Equality Statement

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

How to apply?

To be considered for interview your CV and supporting statement (no longer than 1 side of a4) must highlight your knowledge, skills and experience listed in the Job Profile located at the bottom of the advert, as well as completion of the job application.

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