Practice Leader

London Borough of Newham
    Published
    July 6, 2018
    Location
    Newham Dockside, United Kingdom
    Job Type
    Category
    Salary Range
    £42,876 to £48,489
    Closing Date
    31/12/2018
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    Job Overview

    Overall purpose of the job.

    1. To provide leadership and be accountable for the performance and quality of work within a single social work team.
    2. To ensure that children and families referred to the team are provided with appropriate assessments and plans relevant to their needs.
    3. Directly contribute to improving the resilience and independence of Newham’s children, young people and their families

    Newham is a diverse borough with a young and vibrant population. There are over 86,000 children and young people in the borough and we want each of them to have the same life chances as young people in other parts of London.

    Newham Children and Young People’s Services are currently undertaking an exciting transformation programme to create integrated Early Help and Safeguarding services for our children, young people and families.

    Our vision is to get it right the first time for all. We are aligning our services to improve accessibility for residents and to strengthen partnerships between statutory, specialist, early help and universal services.

    On our journey to embed systemic practice into all our social care services we have structured the service into practice pods. The new structure has smaller social work pods led by Practice Leaders. This smaller span will enable better grip of case management, higher quality supervision and a stronger learning environment.

    We are the first London borough to offer a fully integrated 0-19 health and social care service and have in-house Health Visitors and School Nurses.

    If you choose to join Newham as a social worker, you’ll have access to unrivalled learning and development opportunities, retention incentives, and quality management and supervision. Dynamic, innovative, committed and passionate, you will bring comprehensive knowledge and skill-base to the challenge of working with vulnerable children and families.

    Over the last six years, we’ve driven and benefited hugely from the Olympic legacy and regeneration, but we’re always ambitious to achieve more for our residents. Newham is a great place to practice social work – join us and be a part of our success!

    The Job

    Our current vacancies are primarily in the Assessment, Intervention, Triage and LAC teams. We are seeking experienced social workers who have a minimum of two years post-qualifying experience. We would welcome applicants with a background in systemic practice or with an interest in developing their knowledge within this area.
    Accountable to and supported by a Service Manager you will be expected to:

    1. To provide leadership and be accountable for the performance and quality of work within a single social work team.
    2. To ensure that children and families referred to the team are provided with appropriate assessments and plans relevant to their needs.
    3. Directly contribute to improving the resilience and independence of Newham’s children, young people and their families
    4. Provide regular supervision and utilise performance management tools to ensure service delivery is compliant with statutory requirements, locally defined procedures and performance measures.

    About You

    • Dynamic, innovative, committed and passionate, you'll bring a comprehensive knowledge and skill-base to the challenge of working with vulnerable children and families
    • 5 years + post qualifying experience in social work interventions that promote the safety and wellbeing of children
    • Experience in dealing with complex situations in practice and be able to meaningfully move cases forward and secure positive outcomes for children
    • Experience of working with students or staff in a supervisory or coaching/mentoring capacity
    • Able to interrogate and analyse management information systems to track and report on performance and quality
    • Able to promote the CPD of supervisees, create a culture of learning, to support staff retention, providing stability and driving continuous individual and service improvement.
    • Able to create a safe, calm and well ordered environment and an ethos which motivates and supports staff to be ambitious for children and families
    • Strive to share learning and collaborate with practitioners and multi-agency partners to achieve outcomes for children and their families.

    Our offer

    • Innovation: Bespoke, new, intermediate level systemic practice training as part of NewDAy, Newham’s social care innovation programme – see attached flyer for more info. And a chance to be part of our improvement journey.
    • Genuine management support: Low supervisor/supervisee ratios. Practice Leaders are provided with accredited training in systemic supervision from the Institute of Family Therapy to ensure high quality supervision is delivered as standard. Access to mentoring and consultation from trained family therapists. Strong culture of practice education and support for ASYEs.
    • Learning & Development: Access to one-to-one coaching and wider workforce development package to enhance your skills. Clear competency and career progression framework. Access to smart technology and flexible working. Opportunities to qualify in post-graduate qualifications in systemic practice.

    Contact
    For more information please contact Nicole Harman, Social Care Recruitment and Retention Officer, on 0203 373 8403 or email nicole.harman@newham.gov.uk for more information on Practice Leader positions.

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