Unit Manager | Children in Need Service

Social Care
£30 to £34 Per Hour
Contract Type:

An experienced manager is required who is able to effectively manage a team of 7 SW's, including ASYE's working with children on CIN plans, CP plans and LAC plans. The manager will also need to have experience of private and public law proceedings.

Responsible for:
 • This role directly manages and supervises up to seven social workers. Some social workers will be located, on a rotational basis, in the MASH.

• The role directly manages and allocates / prioritises the work of a Consultant Practitioner (Consultant Practitioners receive clinical supervision from the Department’s senior Family Therapist).

• The Unit that the role manages also has a Unit Co-ordinator within it. This role is line managed by the Business Support Team Leader. However, the role is also an integral part of the Unit, and the Unit Manager is responsible for the allocation and prioritising of work and on-site operational management.

The service area covers the Council’s statutory responsibilities for children in need in the community, including those in need of protection, and the early stage of children coming into care. It is therefore a high profile area for the Council, plus it is subject to inspection by Ofsted which can have a major impact on the Council’s reputation. As such it is an area of significant professional and organisation responsibility.

Role Purpose and Role Dimensions: The focus of this role is the transformation of social work practice. 

It is an operational role responsible for the transformation, planning, delivery and development required at Unit level to achieve positive well-being and safety outcomes for children in need, including those in need of protection. These outcomes are achieved through the:
• post-Munro remodeling
• leadership
• management
• quality assurance
of a social work Unit which is responsible for fulfilling the council’s statutory requirements and goals in respect of:
• the assessment and initial care planning of children in need, including those in need of protection
• making recommendations about those children who need to become looked after
• direct work with children and families as part of the assessment process to achieve desired safety and well-being outcomes. 
The unit works to a geographical locality.

The role involves remodeling, at an operational level, relationships with partner agencies, third sector and community / faith organisations, and children and families in the locality in order to:
• promote the locality and early intervention strategic developments taking place across the children’s partnership
• ensure the effective application of Croydon’s four-stage model of early help and staged intervention.