Remarkable people work for Outstanding Leaders in Wakefield

Here are just some of the things you can expect when working for Wakefield Council:

Excellent salary, Manageable spans of control ? Flexible working ? Small and Supportive Teams ?Permanent Service managers ? Excellent Learning and Development opportunities

Are you looking for a new opportunity to be part of our permanent, driven and passionate management team, motivated to providing an excellent service for the children and families of Wakefield? If so, then this role may be perfect for you.

Due to retirement, a fantastic and rare opportunity has arisen for Team Managers to join our enthusiastic, supportive, and welcoming teams in Locality Children’s Services at our Hemsworth and our Featherstone bases.

OFSTED recently acknowledged that in Wakefield children and young people “are at the centre of practice”.  We know our social workers are the key to achieving this.

Application deadline 4th February 2022
Job reference 231380
Job location Wakefield
Hours per-week 37 hours
Salary £49,777.00, Grade 13

We recognise the challenges for Team Managers – both in the complexity of the role and with the additional impact of national pandemic and understand the importance of retaining connectivity with staff and providing staff with the right support, tools, and environment so that they can thrive.  In Wakefield, you will be provided with the space and resources to meet safely with team members, with families and children to ensure that you feel safe, but also without sacrificing the essential elements of your role.

OFSTED said that we excel as a “learning organisation”.  It is this ethos that has allowed us to build ‘an environment where good and effective social work is flourishing’ and where staff ‘without exception’ are ‘very enthusiastic about working for Wakefield’ (OFSTED November 2021).

The permanent management team and ever increasing and stable permanent workforce are the key to our achievements and are making a real difference to the children and families who need them.

What do our Team Managers say about working for Wakefield?

‘Working for Wakefield as a Team Manager is such a rewarding role and it is a great place to work. There is outstanding support and many opportunities to progress in your practice and career. Senior managers in Wakefield care about individual people and create a working environment which enables you to excel in your knowledge and skills.  Being a Team Manager enables you to contribute to Wakefield’s journey, which allows you to really feel like you are making a difference for the children and families we work for.  There is a clear drive in leadership and management, which all Team Managers are on board with and supportive of.  A fantastic place to work’.

What can I expect?

  • We have strong and supportive teams with effective leadership and a fully permanent senior management team across the locality service.
  • We have permanent senior managers who are committed to promoting your development.
  • We provide regular, reflective supervision.
  • A well-resourced and innovative Learning Academy offering excellent learning and development opportunities.
  • An active CYPS management forum
  • Competitive pay
  • Manageable team caseloads – ASYE and Advanced Practitioner caseloads of no more than 15 and a target of 20 for all other staff.
  • We promote career progression to enable you to grow with us.
  • We care about our workers and staff morale is good.
  • Manageable spans of control with teams consisting of maximum of 8.
  • One to two Advanced Practitioners per team to drive the development of outstanding practice.

What will be expected from Wakefield?

Here we’re looking for only the best – those with the skills, motivation, and passion to help us to continue to move forward.  If this is you, you will also need to be:

  • A qualified and experienced social worker, with a proven track record in achieving the highest standards of practice in complex casework.
  • Able to evidence your management and leadership qualities and experience.
  • An individual who can develop and maintain highly effective relationships with colleagues and adopt a restorative approach to management, offering reflective supervision, high support and high challenge.
  • A proven track record in mentoring, coaching and helping others develop their skills, expertise and confidence to progress as social workers.
  • A team player, passionate about contributing to quality service provision. You will be expected to assist the Service Manager by providing support and guidance to other team members to promote strong practice and positive change.


Essential requirements:

  • BA or MA in Social Work, Dip in Social Work, or equivalent recognised by the Central Council for Education & Training in Social Work and registered with Social Work England.
  • A qualified and experienced social worker, with a proven track record in achieving the highest standards of practice in complex casework.
  • Able to carry out your role and responsibilities well whilst holding a complex case load and supporting our growing number of newly qualified social workers.
  • An individual who can develop and maintain highly effective relationships with colleagues in order to co-work cases and assist with their learning and development.
  • You will be Social Work England Registered.

Salary grade range: G13 SCP44 – £49,777 per annum.

  • These are full-time posts of 37 hours per week, with a mix of office and home working and flexible arrangements being possible.
  • Benefits include a minimum of 30 days paid annual leave (rising according to your grade and length of service), plus 8 days paid bank holidays.
  • Discounted and subsidised public transport (Arriva Bus Annual Travel Ticket, Northern Trains Limited (NTL), MetroCard).
  • The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
  • Great range of benefits including discounted membership to our excellent leisure facilities with free 12 weeks exercise program with a dedicated personal trainer, discounts for a range of retail, entertainment, health and leisure providers, cycle to work scheme and many more.

To view a video, highlighting some of the key quotes and parts of our recent Ofsted report, click here. `

You can read the report for yourself in full on the Ofsted website and our media release here.

For further information or a discussion please contact:

Louise Danks – Locality Service Manager  or 07823 520956

Closing date: 24 January 2022

This post is subject to the Fluency Duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016. The post-holder is required to demonstrate an appropriate level of fluency under the duty as detailed within the job specification for the post


The successful applicant will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form and to provide criminal conviction information.

Wakefield Council is wholly committed to ensuring children and vulnerable adults are fully supported and safe. We are dedicated to the safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults whilst promoting their welfare. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this responsibility.

In accordance with the Council’s Probation Procedure this post is subject to a 6 month Probationary Period.

How to apply

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