Kirklees is on an ambitious journey and we have grown our social work service.  We are seeking to recruit a Team Manager to join our Duty and Advice team based within the Front Door. The Duty and Advice team is a front door service taking contacts from both members of the public and professionals. Your role would be to manage social workers and early support case work consultants and you will form part or our management team within the Duty and Advice team.

This is an exciting time to be part of this team where we are building our multi-agency team working closely with colleagues in the police, health, education and other key agencies.  In addition to this, we have expanded the early help offer in the front door to ensure appropriate outcomes for children and their families are achieved.

Our last Ofsted inspection in July 2019 highlighted our progress stating:

“progress has been achieved through increased corporate commitment and investment in services, clear and focused leadership, strengthening of partnerships for example the duty and advice team, and improved workforce stability and engagement.

Children who need help and protection are now recognised, and risk of significant harm is quickly responded to.”

Application deadline 7th June 2020
Job reference 335
Job location Kirklees
Hours per-week 37
Salary £42,683 - £44,632 plus a Market Rate Supplement of £4500 per annum (reviewed annually)

We are not complacent and continue our hard work on our improvement plan to ensure that we offer the best service to children and families in Kirklees.

We are looking for candidates who have the potential to lead and inspire a multi-disciplinary team ensuring good quality services to children and families. Candidates will need to demonstrate the ability to work in a fast-paced environment as part of a multi- agency team. You will need to demonstrate an ability to foster positive working relationships with a range of different agencies. You will need to be able to work within a quality assurance framework and to provide good quality support and supervision for staff. Above all, you will need sound, consistent decision-making skills under pressure.

Our Offer to You

“Senior managers have successfully recruited and retained social workers……. Kirklees Council nurtures and develops its new social work staff.” (Ofsted 2019)

Children’s social work in Kirklees is underpinned by a culture of restorative practice with high quality relationships at the heart of our approach. We will ensure that you have high-quality professional development and receive high standards of induction, supervision and management.

We have a bespoke learning and development offer at all levels of social work allowing you access to professional development opportunities enabling you to develop and progress your career. Our well-established career structure also supports us to develop our own managers and leaders.

We will provide you with a comprehensive induction programme, dedicated supervision and a range of comprehensive Continuous Professional Development opportunities.

You must hold a recognised Social Work Qualification and be registered with Social Work England.

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check is required for this job.  Please note that a conviction may not exclude candidates from appointment but will be considered as part of the recruitment process.

If you wish to discuss this opportunity, please contact Head of Service, Charlotte Jackson or Service Manager, Theresa Racz on 01484 221000

During Covid 19 we are undertaking virtual interviews. Interviews for this role will take place the week commencing 15th June 2020.

To apply please follow the link above to the Kirklees website and complete the online application form.

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