Social Work Team Leader - Children Protection

Location Portsmouth
Salary £38 - £42.20 per hour
Children's Social Care provides social work interventions to children in need, this includes those children subject to child in need or protection plans and children looked after, the service also supports care leavers and children with disabilities. It is the responsibility of Children's Social Care to offer a range of options for children who need placements outside their families; including fostering and residential care alongside adoption, special guardianship and kinship arrangements.

What is the role of Team Leader:

• You will join a team of Team Leaders based in the south of Portsmouth supporting Social Workers at ASYE, main and higher grade level. You will report to the Service Leader and will be based at the Civic Office.
• You will supervise a team of social workers supporting vulnerable children open to the department, subject to child in need or protection plans and Looked After Children. The role requires the individual to ensure all team requirements are met regarding:
- Staff development
- Performance management
- Compliance with statutory guidance and local policies and procedures
- Quality Assurance
- Budget management
- Embedding a restorative approach to practice
- Driving forward are improvement goals
• The Team Leader will be responsible for case planning through supporting social work staff to assess need and identify outcomes needed to safeguard the wellbeing of vulnerable children. This will be done through regular quality supervision, opportunities for reflective practice and the chairing of planning meetings. You will ensure that children are central to assessment, planning and intervention and that their views and the views of their parents/carers are properly embedded in all aspects of service planning and delivery.
• The Team Leader will offer scrutiny and challenge to social work staff so as to promote a creative and dynamic workforce committed to ever improving outcomes. The quality of work will be regularly reviewed and audited through reading case files, direct observation and getting feedback from service users and partner agencies.
• The Team Leader will lead by example having integrity, promoting equal access and having aspiration. You will create positive working relationships across the team, with other professionals and with children and their families.