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Service Manager (Children Looked After, Placement Support)

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

The Role

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Service Manager, who has experience of managing teams. This new exciting position has arisen to support and develop the work of the Placement Support Provision for children looked after and care leavers, permanent placements other than immediate family and edge of care.

The Service Manager plays a key role in the management and running of the Placement Service, working with key partners and stakeholders to support the work of Children’s Services. The role requires knowledge, experience of safeguarding, managing change, supervision of staff and relevant legislation/statutory guidance.

The main role of the Service Manager will be to offer guidance to Team Managers, enabling them to support their staff and develop the service in line with statutory requirements and the key priorities of Children’s Services.

It will be expected that the Service Manager has a social work qualification and is registered with the HCPC.

In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance. These include home working, dependent on service need, and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays. 

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 are also offered.

Richmond and Wandsworth are currently reviewing our pay, reward and benefits framework, in partnership with Trade Union colleagues. We are developing different options that make sure we have a fair and transparent system in place.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

Shortlisting Date: Wednesday 24th April 2019

Interview Date:  To be confirmed

Useful Information

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.

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).

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