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Service Manager - Child in Need Service

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

The Role

Paul Angeli, Assistant Director for Families and Communities

“I am committed to developing a culture and environment where social care practitioners are valued and recognised. I want staff in the department to feel safe, supported and to be well managed and we have lots of work taking place to achieve this. I am working with staff to build a positive culture that will help to build a strong community of practice.”

Can you inspire, encourage and develop amazing social work teams to make a real difference in the lives of children and young people?

If the answer is yes, then we want to encourage you to consider becoming our next Service Manager for our Child in Need team!

Our vision

Here in Wandsworth we are on an exciting journey of transformation. We have developed our Practice Model and are preparing for the implementation of the Family Safeguarding Approach. Family Safeguarding is a way of keeping families together where it is safe to do so. It was developed and promoted by Hertfordshire and is funded by the Department for Education. Wandsworth will be the first Local Authority in London to implement this new way of working.

We are investing massively in all our staff, our leaders as well as partners to enable us to make our engagement with families and communities in Wandsworth a success. We passionately believe that if we invest in new ways of thinking and working, you'll have everything you need to do the job you trained for. We have incredibly sound, solid and strong leadership in Ana Popovici and Paul Angeli, who have an exciting vision to transform our approaches to the most vulnerable in society.

About the service

The Families and Communities Service has undergone a recent restructure. We now have 12 Child in Need teams (two dedicated to vulnerable adolescents) working in three clusters, covering different parts of the borough. These clusters mirror our Early Help clusters to aid continuity for families, a holistic approach, and seamless transitions between different parts of our service. Families and Communities also includes a specialist team for children with disabilities, and a Case and Court Progression Manager to oversee the Court and PLO work in the service.

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing our south cluster covering Putney, Southfield and Roehampton and our two vulnerable adolescent teams.

About the role

The Child in Need Service Manager will be responsible for ensuring our fantastic and dedicated social workers have the support and training required to enable them to safeguard children and young people and to protect them from significant harm.  You will also be the strategic lead for vulnerable adolescents.

To be shortlisted your CV and personal statement will demonstrate:

  • You have a Social work degree and social work England registered
  • Experience of delivering best practice in relation to young people who are at risk of CSE or are missing
  • Extensive experience of management within children’s social care services and specialist targeted services
  • Substantial experience of the operation of key statutory processes and the operation of child protection procedures.
  • Experience of developing, embedding and managing new teams or projects within a children’s social care environment


The Shared Staffing Arrangement aims to be at the forefront of innovation in local government and the organisation will invest in your development and ensure the opportunities for progression that only a large organisation can provide

In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance including a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays (pro rata). In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

  • Closing Date: 11:59pm on Sunday 22nd November 2020
  • Shortlisting date: Wednesday 25th November 2020
  • Interview Date: Tuesday 1st & Thursday 3rd December 2020

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. 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. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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 must address the requirements listed in attached Job Profile located at the bottom of the advert.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Jo Ross by email Jo.Ross@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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