Overall purpose of job.
- To provide overall leadership and management and be accountable for the performance and quality of work in a service of up to 7 social work teams.
- Lead and be accountable for initiatives that ensure the service meets its strategic aim to develop effective interventions to enable more children to be cared for safely within their own families.
- Lead and be accountable for the effective operation of the service, including leading teams through transformation, instilling a clear sense of direction, priority and pace across the service, ensuring clarity of goals at a service, team and individual level, conveying how they support the fundamental purpose of the council and energising staff towards their achievement.
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!
Children’s Safeguarding Neighbourhood Service Manager
£55,878 - £69,291 pa
As a key member of our senior management team for Children’s Early Help and Safeguarding services you will provide overall leadership, management and be accountable for the performance and quality of work in a service of up to 7 social work teams. Our aim for integrated working is to get it right first time for more children and young people. The wider integrated offer in each Neighbourhood Service includes Youth services, Best Start in Life including Children’s Centres, CAMHS, Health Visiting and School Nursing.
Our programme has integrated a range of our targeted and specialist services into four Neighbourhood Service areas, each covering a quadrant of the borough. In addition to the Families First team providing targeted early help, each Neighbourhood Service have an assessment team providing social work assessments, and the Intervention team providing long-term social work casework including care proceedings, child protection and children in need.
We are currently developing a Complex Safeguarding Hub which is responsive to the community, residents, exceptional demand and complexities.
- With a proven track record of performance improvement and service development you will leada dedicated management team and build on the strengths in our safeguarding services
- You will have extensive management experience, strong evidence based professional knowledge and a sound grasp of performance and budget management.
- Social Worker registered with the HCPC
If you have a passion for improving outcomes for vulnerable children, and want to work in a challenging and rewarding setting we would like to hear from you.
In return we will offer:
- Being part of a supportive and skilled senior management team
- Opportunity to innovate and develop provision as part of our service transformation programme
- Excellent training and development opportunities/including accredited training in systemic practice
- Generous annual leave (31 days after 10 years continuous service)
Plus a range of benefits that includes:
- A competitive salary starting from £54,782 - £67,932.00 per annum
- Local government pension scheme
- Staff discount offers and discounts
- Travel season ticket and car loans, with low interest rates cycle loans
- Family friendly policies
- Free eye tests
- Olympic legacy
- Subsidised leisure passes
- Access to parking
- Housing scheme - applicants who work in Newham will receive priority when applying to buy a new home through our shared equity scheme, NewShare.
Newham Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.
The post is subject to an enhanced DBS.
Interviews: Monday 30th July 2018.
You will be required to email a presentation prior to your interview and undertake an online assessment.
If you would like to have a confidential discussion about this role, please contact:
Roy Choudhury, Interim Director on 020 3373 39891. For more information about the role and details of how to apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
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