Peterborough City Council
Team Manager - Youth and Family Team
Peterborough City Council is looking for a skilled and experienced Team Manager to oversee the work of a vibrant Social Work team leading on adolescent CIN cases. This group of talented and dedicated professionals, work with children, young people and families who are being supported through Child in Need processes and provide intensive services for those at imminent risk of Care.
The post holder will be responsible for managing a service for children at risk of family breakdown, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE), radicalisation and becoming a Looked After Child.
The successful candidate will be required to demonstrate excellent operational knowledge of current legislation and procedures relating to Children's Services. The post holder will also have a strong understanding of contextual safeguarding and have a proven ability to work with this approach to extra-familial harm.
The outstanding candidate will also have knowledge of Youth Justice and preventive work
and will be working within a management team delivering in these areas. The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate the ability to effectively manage a high performing team that deliver excellent outcomes for children, young people and families.
We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Peterborough and want our workforce to reflect this diversity, which we believe is beneficial for our employees, the organisation and the communities we serve.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. Work in partnership with children, young people and their families/carers and, through building effective relationships, to elicit their needs and views and promote participation in decision making. Communicate skilfully and confidently in complex or high risk situations, applying an understanding of the benefits and limitations of partnership work.
2. Undertake assessments in accordance with statutory/regulatory and operational standards, policy, and procedures for the service. Anticipate, assess and manage risk to children and young people in more complex situations and produce high quality assessments.
3. Plan, implement and review a range of interventions for children, young people, families/carers in accordance with statutory/regulatory and operational standards, policy and procedures for the service.
4. Manage a complex workload independently, establishing a network of internal and external colleagues from whom to seek advice and expertise. Model and help others with effective workload management skills.
5. Make pro-active use of supervision to support effective practice, reflection and career development and to meet the objectives of Professional Development Reviews.
6 Maintain accurate, up to date records safely and confidentially in accordance with the Council's policies and procedures. Produce succinct, well-structured records and reports, clearly recording and reporting analysis and judgements.
7. Pro-actively engage with colleagues and a range of organisations to identify, assess, plan for and support the needs of children, young people, families/carers in order to promote positive change and independence, whilst demonstrating confident and effective judgement about risk to children and young people.
8. Play a leading role in practice development within the team, through mentoring and modelling good practice in assessment, interventions and inter- professional and inter-agency work.
9. Carry out all duties in accordance with the Council's Equal Opportunities Policy and other policies designed to protect employees and service users from harassment. It is the duty of the post-holder not to act in an oppressive or discriminatory manner towards employees or service users. The post-holder should respond to such practice or behaviour by challenging or reporting it.
10. Meet the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework, Experienced Social Worker level, and of registration with the HCPC in respect of practice standards, conduct and professional development.