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Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Assistant Team Manager

Job Type

Permanent

Reference 

SOL/TP/178/1

Salary

Location

£48,474

Posted Date

6 March 2024

Solihull

Closing Date

1 April 2024

We are looking for Assistant Team Managers to provide line management for groups of staff. Speak to us at the Compass Jobs Fair, Birmingham about our current careers!

Together with the relevant Team Manager, to take responsibility for the day to day operational management of the team. To ensure that vulnerable children and their families receive a responsive service that promotes and safeguards their welfare.

We're looking for Assistant Team Managers to join the following teams:

- Children with Disabilities
- Children's Assessment Team
- Children Looked After and Care Experienced

At Solihull Council we are on a transformational journey committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for our children, young people and their families across our local area. We’ve increased investment in our people and services, as well as introducing additional resources that allow us to deliver more positive changes to the borough.

As part of this role, you will:

- Contribute to the development of services and be committed to ensuring the best
possible outcomes for children, young people and their families across the borough

- Direct line management of Social Workers and Support Workers

- To supervise and quality assure the work of social work staff reporting directly to you to ensure that all work is carried out in accordance with good professional practice, legal requirements, directorate policies, procedures and performance standards

- Maintain and promote strong working relationships with partners and stakeholders

- Promote the active participation of children, young people and their parents and carers in their assessments and plans

- Endorse a learning environment within the team and develop the skills of team members to enable them to do their job well

- Manage and be responsible for chairing service user and professionals meetings as appropriate

- Take the lead responsibility for specialist areas of work and practice development within the teams as needed

- Participate in the development and maintenance of practice standards and competence

- Work within allocated budgets in accordance with Corporate and Directorate policies and procedures

Our Offer to You

- Earn one of highest salaries in the region. In a recent independent analysis of pay data across the West Midlands comparing our maximum grade salaries to 13 other local authorities we were proud to learn that our offering is in the top three for both Social Worker and Senior Social worker. Earn up to £48,474 pa as an Assistant Team Manager

- Local government pension with 6.8% (subject to annual review/change) section contribution

- 25 days annual leave rising to 30 days after 5 years of service. We also offer the opportunity to buy up to 10 days of additional leave per year

- Hybrid working approach across the borough of Solihull, including council buildings and other localities

- Flexible working hours

- Our Children's Social Care Academy provides training and coaching for practitioners, with year-round training to progress in your career. Working in partnership with Bournemouth University, we deliver academic programs in-house to help you attain the Practice Education Award at either Honours or Masters level

- Manageable workloads - our Social Workers have an average of 17 children, giving you the time to give dedicated support where it is needed

- Cycle to work scheme.

About You:

You will hold a Professional Social Work Qualification and have Social Work England registration. Evidence of Continuous Professional Development and looking for a new challenge in a forward thinking organisation.

Significant post qualifying experience of working with children, families and their carers

Experience of supporting the professional development of colleagues and other professionals in a social work environment e.g. through coaching, mentoring, training, quality assurance and/or peer/group/student supervision.

Have a thorough knowledge of relevant childcare legislation, statutory guidance and the family justice system

Sound knowledge and awareness of current social work policies/practices - adhering to the Knowledge and Skills framework 2014. Also knowledge of up to date social work theories and research and how they impact on practice

Possess the ability to lead, motivate, support, develop and manage Social Workers and Support Workers. Lead on safeguarding within the team and build effective relationships with children, young people and families

Ability to demonstrate the capabilities at the required level of the Professional Capabilities Framework including professional leadership

Hold a driving licence and own your own vehicle as this is an essential car user post due to the demands of the job.

For disabled applicants, reasonable adjustments will be made where required

Delivering a high quality transparent service and committed to ensuring the wellbeing of children, young people and their families


About Us

We place children and young people at the heart of all we do to enable them to achieve their potential and lead fulfilling lives. This means our workforce needs to be effectively led, supported, and well trained. It’s our aim to offer high-quality supervision and guidance to all team members. This includes supporting you, as you support others in the team.

We pride ourselves on a strong culture of child-focused practice. This means transparency, cooperation, and a real commitment to the young people we will care for.

These posts involve working with children and therefore if successful you will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records check at an enhanced level. Further information about the Disclosure Scheme can be found here: www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check

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