Assistant Team Manager – Children Services

Social Care
£28 Per Hour
Merton, London
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Overall Purpose of the Job

The Assistant Team Manager, under the direction of the Team Manager, will assist with the delivery of key service strands within Children’s Social Care & Youth Inclusion. Support the team manager in managing a statutory social work service, providing professional and comprehensive casework to children, young people and their families. Deputise in the Team Manager’s absence and provide day-to-day supervision and management oversight for a specified group of staff. Work with colleagues and partner agencies to ensure a high quality, professional service leading to positive outcomes.

Assistant Team Managers are expected to support the delivery of local social work for one or more the following range of services:

MASHChildren subject to Child Protection or Children In Need PlansChildren being looked after by the Local AuthorityChildren needing permanency and placementsChildren with special needs, especially those with disabilitiesChildren and the courtsFamily Support/Parenting Assessments/Family Group Conferences

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Ensure vulnerable children and their families and/or carers, receive a high quality and responsive service as set out by the London Borough of Merton’s policies and procedures and enshrined in the Children Act 1989 and 2004 and other relevant legislation relating to Every Child MattersAssist the team manager in the supervision and support of staff in the day-to-day delivery of services in respect of vulnerable children, including those with a Child Protection Plan, subject to care proceedings and children who are Looked After or In NeedSupervision and consultation on casework and contribute to the development of colleagues within the team and where appropriate, the wider service by virtue of being an experienced and reliable practitioner managerEnsure that all vulnerable children and their families receive responsive services to prevent children and young people being taken into care and support positive parenting, preventing harm and promoting children’s life chancesEnsure that all assessments are completed within agreed timeframe and social work resources are deployed according to the appropriate assessment of risk within the departments priorities and statutory requirementsSupervise, support and monitor direct reports and multi-agency professionals where appropriate, ensuring the services provided are effective and delivering positive outcomesEnsure robust recording of information on relevant systems, databases and IT systems and timely reporting of management informationSupport the development of operational services to ensure the delivery of significantly improved outcomes for children, young people and their familiesContribute to the development of policy, procedure and practice, in line with the departments core objectives and visionSupport collaborative working with key agencies and the community to ensure integrated approach to service delivery and the development of effective joint working partnershipsRepresent the team, Children’s Social Care and/or department on relevant partner working groups, panels and conferencesChair where required, key operational meetings and reviews including case conferencesSupervise operations within a framework that is responsive to and values diversity and is fair, consistent, inclusive and service user focusedProduce reports for internal and external bodies and attend meetings/forums as requiredEnsure the Team Manager is kept fully appraised of problems arising from workload and seek advice as and when necessaryDeputise for the Team Manager in all or some of their functions as required in their absence.All Social Work Staff are required to adhere to the various professional standards, including the Professional Capability Framework and the Health and Care Professions Council Standards.


  • HCPC Registered
  • previous experience in management and previous experience working in children services.

Please contact Amy Maher on 01992 513 777 ext 3 or