Application deadline 6th August 2017
Job reference FAM 9904
Job location Kirklees
Hours per-week 37
Salary £41,025 - £42,899 + £4,500 market rate supplement. Plus £2,000 welcome package for external appointments

At Kirklees Council we are on a journey – and we are looking for dynamic, high-performing team managers to join a team that’s already transforming services for children and young people.

The council and its partners are changing and improving the ways they help children, young people and families to thrive. This is happening in line with our New Council approach and following our recent Ofsted Inspection.

With a strong focus on early help, we are putting staff at the heart of our improvements and valuing their knowledge, views and ideas.

We are looking to recruit a Team Manager in the Assessment & Intervention and Looked After Children & Care Leavers Service. You will be accountable for the development and delivery of a complex range of key services in line with policy, best practice, professional standards and legislation, ensuring children are always at the centre of social work practice. You also will ensure children, young people and their families receive timely assessments and interventions undertaken by one Social Worker. This provides consistency for everyone and ensures our practitioners really get to know the families they are working with.

As a manager you will provide regular supervision and opportunities for reflection and analysis as well as being responsible for the allocation of casework and actively managing caseloads so that our practitioners are able to do the quality child centred work that they want to. Focused on performance and outcomes with the ability to work with partner agencies within and outside the Council you’ll provide a supportive environment to build positive and meaningful relationships with young people and evidencing positive outcomes. We will provide you with a comprehensive induction programme, dedicated supervision and a range of great CPD opportunities as well as further management development. You will be allocated a mentor/coach to enable you to become the best you can be.

We are looking for experienced Social Work professionals with a proven track record in managing both employees and case related performance. You will have strong understanding of what best practice looks like and be passionate about inspiring and improving children’s lives, as well as the continuous professional development of social work practitioners.  You will need a solid understanding of the law, statutory guidance and good practice in relation to looked after children and young people.  A creative and flexible approach to work and the drive and motivation to work with young people whose needs are complex is key. Good people skills are a must.

An enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service Check (DBS) will be required for this job. A conviction may not exclude candidates from appointment but will be considered as part of the recruitment process.

Travel is an essential part of this job and therefore it would be extremely difficult for you to do your job effectively if you did not use a car for all or most of the time.  It is essential that you hold a full and valid driving licence and it is expected that you will either use a council vehicle or your own car.

For more information please contact Julie Mepham, Service Manager or Linda Patterson, Senior Manager, either by email at and or by phone on 01484 221000.

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