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Cardiff City Council

Deputy Team Manager (Principal Social Worker)

Job Type



Social Work



£42,403 - £45,441

Posted Date

15 November 2023


Closing Date

28 November 2023

About the job
As the Principal Social Worker you will have the opportunity to develop the practice of others within the team through joint working and supervision whilst also leading by example as case-holder for those children with more complex needs who require the expertise of an experienced and skilled practitioner.

Benefits offered

Cardiff is frequently found at the top of lists of best cities in the UK to live in so come join us and see what we can offer.

A generous annual leave entitlement starting at 27 days per year to a maximum of 32 days per year after 5 years, with the option to purchase additional annual leave to a maximum of 10 days.
Our working culture is flexible, with a flexi scheme allowing you to work to a schedule that suits you
Hybrid working – supporting you to flexibly deliver your role whether on visits, from an office or your home
Access to the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Pension Fundwhich is part of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), offering a reputable, secure and flexible pension plan for peace of mind.
This is just some of what Cardiff has to offer, take a look at our Social Work website for more information about all our benefits and hear from some of our social workers, talking about why cardiff is the place to be.

Home - Social Work Cardiff : Social Work Cardiff
Cardiff Safeguarding and Children looked after teams are now based in 3 localities across the city at St Mellons in the East, Fairwater in the North and Cardiff Bay in the South enabling staff to be based within the communities that they serve. Within the team's geographical area you will support children and young people through robust assessment, outcome focused planning and effective intervention to support them in achieving positive outcomes within their families and communities. Working within a restorative practice approach, you will work in partnership with families and multi-agency colleagues in intervening to address both the presenting concerns and underlying difficulties.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the service which puts the individual at the heart of our work. The teams work from a strengths-based (Signs of Safety) approach to meet the needs of young people and their families.

What We Are Looking For From You
The successful candidate will be required to supervise a pod of social work assistants and lesser experienced social work staff.

Cardiff Council is seeking an individual able to

support staff, ensuring the focus of a supportive, positive environment is nurtured within the team.
will be responsible for conducting monthly supervision, chairing strategy meetings and attending joint visits.
will be expected to provide regular oversight of the Young People’s care plans through robust quality assurance of the Social Work Assistants work and attendance at relevant meetings such as Child Looked After Reviews.
Whilst the role is predominately non-caseholding, where concerns escalate in respect of Young People allocated to one of your supervisees you will be expected to take on allocation until risks have de-escalated to enable relocation to the Social Work Assistant or NQSW.

Additional information
Please refer to job description and person specification when applying for the above posts.

With effect from 1st April 2023, this role attracts a market supplement of £5,000 (full time equivalent). This payment is reviewed on a 12 monthly basis.

This post has a requirement for registration with Social Care Wales.

These posts are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced check.

Safeguarding and Child Protection are key priorities for the Council. We aim to support children and vulnerable adults to ensure they are as safe as they can possibly be. Our services and schools are committed to ensuring the safety and protection of all children and vulnerable adults, and will take action to safeguard their well-being, and acknowledge that children and vulnerable adults have a right to protection. This is supported in the general ethos of the Council and all schools.

This vacancy is suitable for post share.

We welcome applications in both English and Welsh. Applications received in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than English applications.

Due to the current interim working arrangements, we are unable to provide recruitment packs or accept application forms via the post.

If you have any concerns around your ability to participate in a virtual interview process, please contact for a discussion.

Please note the Council does not accept CV’s. When completing the supporting information section of your application, please ensure you refer to the below located on our website.

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