Assistant Team Manager - Childrens Services

Location Swindon
Salary £36.00 - £38.50 per hour
Discipline
we are looking for a suitably qualified and experienced Assistant Team Manager with the passion and commitment to work within the Disabled Children's Team for a 3 month period. With your previous supervisory experience, you will play a key role in delivering high quality and effective services, which will really make a difference to disabled children and their families, giving them the support they need to develop essential life skills and achieve their goals. In the Disabled Children's team we are working to ensure disabled children in Swindon are appropriately safeguarded and supported to achieve their full potential, we use current research and innovative practice to ensure we achieve these goals. The team is divided into two Pods, one Safeguarding Pod and one Support Pod

To undertake work in accordance with legislation, guidance and protocols and have a clear understanding of how the role contributes and adds value to outcomes for children and their families.  To undertake the necessary investigations using information from various sources in addition to direct contact with families, children and professionals to analyse and determine the level of support and actions required.  To have a robust oversight of care planning with a focus on timely progression to permanence.  Ensure that diversity is respected and takes account of the different needs of children and their carers, and that the decisions made and service delivery is sensitive to and addresses 2 discriminatory issues of language, gender, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexuality and social background  To ensure that social workers record all case work, undertake assessments, analysis, decisions, care planning and actions on the necessary ICS systems – signing off all decisions made and discussing any issues that require clarification or further scrutiny with the relevant member of staff.  To offer guidance, supervision and support to practitioners to enable them to take actions to prevent family breakdown or escalation of issues / risk, accurately recording the advice and guidance given.  Lead and supervise team members on a day to day basis, including their performance management through regular supervision and appraisal, in order to deliver a high quality and consistent service.  Ensure that monthly activity and performance feedback is provided to the Group Manager.  Motivate and develop the team through learning opportunities that ensure that the competencies and professional practice required to achieve the aims and objectives of the service are met.  Undertake audits and collect service user feedback on the service to enable robust reporting and management information as well as identifying areas for service development and improvement.  Ensure that the service meets its statutory obligations and ensure that departmental and council procedures are effectively implemented and followed.  In liaison with the Group Manager, contribute to business planning within the Team.  Promote the development and maintenance of high standards within the team in accordance with the Councils and the Service’s values and behaviours.  Promote corporate working across teams, and wider across the organisation, ensuring that every opportunity is taken to develop a wider understanding of the child’s journey and the impact that other areas of the Council have on this.  Develop relationships and information sharing across teams to enhance overall decision making in the best interests of the child.  Ensure engagement and understanding of performance measures within the Team and be able to accurately describe the contribution made in achieving outcomes.  Represent the Team at internal and external meetings with voluntary, partner and statutory bodies where appropriate.  Contribute to and participate in his/her own personal development programme.  Undertake any other duties and responsibilities as may be required by the Group Manager commensurate with the grade of the post.