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Gloucestershire County Council

Service Manager

Job Type



South West



£55,396 - £58,474

Posted Date

4 June 2024


Closing Date

16 June 2024

We are currently recruiting for a Service Manager to manage and support our team of Independent Reviewing Officers in the Independent Reviewing team.

About the role

This is an essential role to secure good outcomes for some of the most vulnerable children and young people of Gloucestershire. In accordance with The Children Act (1989), Working Together (2018), and the Statutory guidance for Independent Reviewing Officers and Local Authorities (2010), the Multi-Agency Reviewing Service (‘the Service’) will provide a specialist independent service to every child subject to a child protection plan, and those within the care of the Local Authority. This post will have responsibility for management of our team of Independent Reviewing Officers and will manage a number of IRO as be supported by a Senior Independent Reviewing Officer. You will be responsible for ensuring that the service being provided to children is effective, high performing and of a high quality; overseeing practice that has strategic impact on the system as a whole. You will ensure the views of children are central to practice and service developments, integrating this with your professional and research/evaluative knowledge to drive service improvement. You will use quality assurance, resources and budgets appropriately and are responsible for the effective day-to-day running of your service areas. As part of our commitment to best practice you will be responsible for proactively identify strengths and challenging weak and inadequate practice, thereby playing a pivotal role in the local authority’s continuous improvement.

As well as your experience as a frontline social worker, there are some things we require of you to be successfully appointed to this post:

- Social Work England registration
- a recognised qualification in Social Work
- to have passed your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)
- a full driving licence and willingness to drive
- DBS clearance

Reward and support

For all your hard work, you will receive the following:

- between £55,396 - £58,474 per annum
- up to £8,000 relocation package
- annual retention payment of £2,000*
- flexible and agile working opportunities
- 30 days annual leave
- option to purchase 10 days of additional leave per year
- family friendly policies and benefits to help support you and your family
- supportive and positive working environment with regular, robust supervision
- Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
- access to our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) that provides free, confidential, counselling and advice for employees, available 24 hours a day, online and by telephone.
- an in-house Occupational Health service
- employee discount scheme
- cycle to work scheme
- salary sacrifice green car scheme (T&Cs apply)
- links to employee networks such as Prism (LGBT+) and the Young Employees Network
- career development and qualification opportunities
- access to our Social Work Academy
- paid SWE registration renewal

Right child, right support, right time, every time

We are working together to support families and communities to give every child the best chance of a happy and rewarding life, especially those who need more help.

Gloucestershire offers a range of opportunities to develop your career, supported by a phenomenal Social Work Academy offer, a developing systemic practice methodology, an ambitious leadership team and an award-winning workforce.

Gloucestershire Children’s Services are improving. Our latest Ofsted inspection (February 2022) identified that:

‘Significant progress has been made in many areas of Gloucestershire’s children’s services… significant financial investment and the backing of political leaders, has led to improved services that are now more effective in meeting the needs of children and families’.

We are a local authority adopting, and training all colleagues in, systemic social work practice. If you would like to join an authority that takes a relational approach to working with families and focuses on what needs to change in the system around a child and family to enable children to thrive, then consider a role with GCC.

How to apply

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