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Team Manager - Looked After Children (Adoption Lead)

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
23/08/2020 23:59
£46,499 to £50,725 plus one time welcome payment of £5,000 for those new to the council after probation.
Pay award pending
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work
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Employment Location:
Badminton Road, Yate
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
23 Aug

Further information

Team Manager Looked After Children (Adoption Lead)

We’re making a difference: be a part of it

Our team at South Gloucestershire Council are making a real difference to the lives of people who live, work and learn here.

• We're building and shaping communities which people are proud of.
• We're working with the most vulnerable in our community to help them achieve what they want in life.
• We're investing in our schools to ensure every child and young person in South Gloucestershire achieves their full potential.

We've achieved a great deal, but we're ambitious about the future. Join us and be part of something bigger and better.

How you’ll make a difference

Our social workers and managers make a real difference. Every day they work with families to help children and young people who have had a difficult start in life to achieve their ambitions.

- Listening to young people and putting them at the heart of all that we do
- Working in partnership with families, equipping them with the skills they need to ensure young people live in happy, healthy and safe homes.

We have a strong culture of giving staff the time, freedom and support to explore new and better ways of doing things, so we’re looking for individuals keen to use their creativity to deliver high quality, child-centred practices, which ensure the best outcomes for children and families.

What we need from you:

- A qualified social worker with relevant registration to practice and a good understanding of asset and strength based approaches to social work
- A problem solver, confident about making important decisions, underpinned by a genuine passion to work collaboratively with children, young people and families to meet their goals and aspirations
- Innovation, positivity and dedication. You’ll welcome challenge and embrace change.

You will be working as one of two full time Team Managers in the Looked after Children’s Team. We are a team of up to 15 workers, including Social Work Assistants, Social Workers, Advanced Social Workers, a Senior Social Worker and two Team Managers.

In addition to general Looked after Children’s work, the team also oversees the plans for children with a care plan of adoption, and you would be responsible to oversee this specialist adoption work. This means that you would be supervising the Looked after Children’s Team social workers with adoption responsibilities (working with children following the making of a Placement Order until permanence is achieved via the making of an Adoption Order). Alongside this, and more general looked after children’s oversight, you would take on the role of Adoption Lead within the department and would work closely alongside our colleagues in regional adoption service called Adoption West.

We are a supportive team who are committed to our young people and are aspirational for their futures. As corporate parents we put our children’s voice at the centre of our service and celebrate their successes with them.

If you have the skills we need and want to put them to good use to make a difference to the Looked after Children of South Gloucestershire and their birth families and carers, contact us today.

How a career at South Gloucestershire Council is different

What’s special here is the strength of the team ethos. We are a relatively small local authority, so managers know staff well. They can plan their services to ensure teams have manageable caseloads and have effective reflective supervision so feel supported to make decisions which are right for the children and young people they work with.

We know our team work best when they have balance in their lives and we offer genuine flexibility to help them achieve that work/life balance - whatever that means for them. This is particularly important for our team who support children living all over the country, which leads to working some long days out of area.
We invest in the careers of our people and we are recognised for the quality, breadth and depth of our training and development offer, which helps our people make the greatest long-term difference in their work.

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