Team Manager- Leaving Care, Milton Keynes Council

Job Category: Social Care
Contract Type Permanent
Location Milton Keynes
Job Type Full-time
Hours per week /
Salary Annual salary from £52,342 to £55,719

Purpose of Role:

To ensure that all referrals, assessments and care plans for children in need, in care and care leavers and the assessments of and support to Milton Keynes foster carers and adopters are carried out and implemented effectively to improve the outcomes for children and young people, by managing a team of Deputy Team Managers, Senior Practitioners,  social workers and other staff, to fulfil the Council’s statutory requirements under Children Act 1989, adoption and fostering services regulations and other legislation and statutory guidance.



  • The post holder is accountable to the Head of Delivery and is responsible for managing a team of deputy team managers, social workers, social work assistants and child care professionals.  They will have full case accountability including the responsibility for allocation of case work to team members and the delegation of management responsibilities to team members.
  • The post holder will be required to line manage seconded partners and to manage other teams/groups as directed by the Head of Delivery.
  • The post holder will ensure that assessments, care planning and case reviews are undertaken to the required standards. The post holder will be fully responsible for the management of risk associated with the team’s casework.
  • The post holder will be responsible for leading the staff team and ensuring it reaches its performance standards and complies with all legislative and regulatory requirements. The post holder will ensure that monthly quality audits of work are undertaken and service reports are written as required.
  • The post holder will be responsible for staff recruitment, induction and retention, staff support and supervision and appraisal, and for identifying training and development needs and resources for the team in conjunction with the council’s staff development officers,. They are responsible for ensuring that staff have the skills required to do their work effectively. The post holder is responsible for the team’s work and that ensuring that it meets the required standards and performance criteria for the safeguarding and well being of children and young people.
  • The post holder will be a member of the service management team and will lead on their area of work within Children & Families  and be involved in the planning, provision and development of the service and the preparation of policies, procedures and protocols.
  • The post holder will be required to contribute to strategic and operational working groups and projects that are established to develop services or policy that improve outcomes for children. This can include taking responsibility for the commissioning, recruitment, evaluation and critical review of any subsequent service provision.
  • The post holder will be responsible for the service planning of the team and for the management and deployment of the team’s budget and resources.
  • The post holder is responsible for managing and forecasting of their budget, and taking action to address any demand-led or other forecast overspending. The post holder is responsible for the delivery of the objectives and performance targets of their team. The post holder will be fully responsible for responding to complaints within their area of work within the requirements of the council’s complaints procedures.
  • The post holder will as required represent the Head of Delivery on working groups or operational panels when it is appropriate and effective to do so and to cover for absent colleagues across the service as required.
  • The post holder will work flexibly, ensuring that workers who are engaged in emergency or high risk work out of hours are adequately monitored and supported and have access to management decision making.


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