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Team Manager - Family Assessment Service

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

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join an established, successful and supportive team in a leadership role in Wandsworth’s only residential parenting assessment centre. As the Team Manager, you will be supported by the 3 Assistant Team Managers to lead the team as we move the service forward; whilst continuing to provide high quality assessments of children and their families in a residential setting.

Our vision

Our vision is to continue to be a well-respected centre, that produces fair, well written and evidenced based residential parenting assessments in a supportive and empathetic environment.

About the team

Falcon Grove Family Assessment Centre is within the Children Looked After Service, in Children’s Social Care. The division is led by energetic and supportive senior managers who are striving to continue improving and developing the service. You would have access to an excellent training opportunities to support future career development.

About the role

As the team manager you will be responsible for the overall management of the residential assessment centre whilst overseeing and developing the centre’s work. You will hold decision making responsibility, and together with the 3 ATM’s will ensure the high standard of practice for the children and families using the service. The centre values high quality supervision and reflective practice, and this is supported both individually but also in group settings.

This opportunity brings with it a chance to oversee and support workers in the team with the intensive direct work we do with families. The way we work with families is creative and very hands on, as we tailor make our assessments to meet the individual needs of each family.

The role is currently full time, however we are very open to discussions around flexible working proposals (including compressed hours, part time and home working) that would fit with the service and give an applicant a positive work/life balance.  There is also a requirement to support a duty rota of managers out of hours providing advice and support to the staff at the centre if needed. There is a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays.

What do we need:

  • A qualified social worker with substantial experience in a statutory social care setting.
  • Someone with good knowledge and skills in undertaking parenting assessments and have some familiarity with various models of assessment and theories/research that underpin this work.
  • Experience working in the court arena and confidence to support staff to do the same.
  • A skilled social work practitioner and supervisor you will need to have management experience, ideally in Children and Families based on assessments of needs and risks.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please provide an expression of interest focusing on the knowledge, skills and personal experience and motivation that you would bring to the role.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Candice Levy (Service Manager) on 0208 871 5330 or candice.levy@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk.

Benefits

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 2nd August 2020
  • Shortlisting Date: Tuesday 4th August 2020
  • Interview Date: Friday 7th August 2020

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 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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