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Service Manager - Leaving Care Service

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

The Role

Do you see yourself promoting good practise in social work?

Would you like the opportunity to shape and develop lives of children in Wandsworth?

Does the sound of joining a council that promotes positive outcomes for care leaving young people appeal to you?

If yes, we have the perfect role for you!

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Service Manager to join our team and play a central role in achieving the very best outcomes for our children and young people.

About the role

This new exciting position has arisen to support, develop and champion the needs of care leaving young people.

The successful candidate will play a key role in the management and running of the Leaving Care Service, working with key partners and stakeholders to support the work of Children’s Services.

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.

About you

Bringing expertise in the field of safeguarding, managing change, supervision of staff and relevant legislation/statutory guidance you will ensure we deliver a high quality and effective service for Care Leavers in Wandsworth.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:

  • A social worker degree and registered with Social Work England (formerly HCPC)
  • Experience of working with partnerships to improve service delivery
  • An ability to manage budgets
  • A proven track record of leading and motivating staff
  • Management experience working in a Children’s Social Care setting
  • A good understanding of the legislative framework ,statutory guidance and initiatives applicable to care leavers
  • Experience of formulating strategies, policies, objectives and targets

How to apply?

To be considered for interview your CV and supporting statement must address the requirements listed in the attached Job Profile and Person Specification located at the bottom of the advert.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Paul Coke by email paul.coke@RichmondandWandsworth.gov.uk


In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance 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 is also offered.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

  • Advert close date: 11:59pm on Sunday 31st May 2020
  • Shortlisting date: Week commencing 1st June 2020
  • Interview date: Week commencing 15th June 2020 (Due to Covid-19 we will be interviewing for this position remotely via Microsoft Teams)

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.

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 pleased to be 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).

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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