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Children's Social Worker – Team Manager

Coronavirus update

Subject to the ongoing situation, it's essential that we continue recruiting safely. Therefore, interviews and communication will be virtual wherever possible and this will be communicated to you directly by the hiring manager.

Please also expect that advert closing dates and interview dates may change as required. We still continue to welcome applications for our current roles and wish you the best of luck with your application.

We would welcome applications especially for our most critical roles to ensure we're supporting our residents

Team Managers: £44,838 - £50,711 per annum

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As a Team Manager, you will support the Service Manager in managing a team of social workers and family support workers, acting as the voice between the management and the social workers.

You will line-manage social workers, which will include supervision, case management, management of risk, performance management and supporting social workers to develop and progress.

An essential part of your role will be to balance supporting social workers in their roles, whilst also promoting and implementing the organisational goals and targets.

You will be required to be a Qualified Social Worker registered with Social Work England (or equivalent).


We are looking for Team Mangers in the following areas:


Multi Agency Partnership (MAP) Team

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The MAP Team Manager plays a key role by coordinating and managing the daily activity in the MAP and maximising the contribution of partners to ensure that operational teams are equipped with the fullest picture when they make contact with children and families to follow up on safeguarding concerns.

Reporting to the MAP Service Manager, the MAP Team Manager plays a crucial role in:

  • Listening and responding to staff and partners at all levels and from a range of different professional backgrounds.
  • Being able to interpret information, data and intelligence
  • Communicating and giving feedback whist making informed and evidence based decisions
  • Keeping pace in a fast moving multi-agency environment
    Adhering to strict timescales.

The MAP Team Manager will coordinate and manage daily activities in the MAP and maximise the opportunities and benefits of working with partners to deliver a safe and effective service. The MAP Team Manager will supervise social workers and MAP Officers, including one MAP Administrator.

We are looking for someone who has experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment, ideally with direct experience of working in a front door service such as ours. This would've involved managing a statutory child protection team with demonstrable confidence and competence at making decisions to safeguard and protect children. You would be able to support robust quality assurance, provide training and development for those making requests for support and also help us to develop specialist knowledge and partners as part of MAP.


Assessment Team

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As a member of the Assessment team you will be working with children from pre-birth to 18, in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. Each quadrant has a number of small assessment teams, made up of statutory social workers, a family support worker and a youth support practitioner.

As the Assessment Team Manager you will manage and develop a geographically based social work assessment team that conducts assessments in accordance with statutory guidelines, policy and standards and Surrey's thresholds of need.

It is important that from the first engagement with a new family the Assessment Service are thinking ahead to the next step for that child. Assessment teams aim to create support around each child to either resolve family problems without statutory support or, when there is potential that the child will be harmed in their family, that they are thinking about the best next steps to arrive at permanency for that child. Our practice across the whole service is based upon consent, strong relationships with families and with partners who are also supporting our families.

Therefore as a team manager within the Assessment Team you will help to nurture and develop a strengths based motivational practice that aims to keep as many children in need/in need of protection as possible safely within their family.


Family/Adolescent Safeguarding Team

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Jacquie Burke, Director of Family Safeguarding and Resilience, says:

"Our Family Safeguarding model brings together under one roof professionals in adult mental health, substance misuse, domestic abuse and children's social work. Using motivational interviewing this model enables families to make positive changes to keep children safe. This ground-breaking approach has proved highly successful in other authorities around the country, and we are the first council in the South East to implement it, for the benefit of Surrey's children."

It is not possible to provide great services without a fundamentally close connection with our children and families and that is why Surrey implement the Family Safeguarding model. This model is strength based and includes professionals who work with adults in teams supporting children and their families. We are bringing together Social Workers, Family Support Workers, Domestic Abuse Practitioners, Recovery Workers, Mental Health Practitioners and Psychologists so that the whole team can address all the issues facing a family

This ground-breaking approach has proved highly successful in other authorities around the country and Surrey is the first council in the South East to implement it for the benefit of Surrey's children. As an early adopter of the model, Surrey is ahead of the curve in this approach.

You will be responsible for managing and developing a geographically based social work family/ adolescent safeguarding team that aims to keep as many children in need/in need of protection as possible, safely within their family.

Your role as a team manager would be to help your team of social workers and practitioners to build strong networks and draw on their expertise to work with other agencies to share resources and improve the outcome for service users.

Managing, motivating and developing your specialist team by sharing your professional leadership and support to help them deliver safe practice and effective management of their workloads. You will ensure that the practice your team delivers is consistent and under your expert guidance and supervision that complex cases and decisions are managed effectively within your area.
Throughout all that you do you will ensure that your team uphold and champion best practise so that together we are focused on solving problems before they escalate and we meet the needs of our Children, Young People and their families, reducing the risk of harm.


Leaving Care Team as an Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC Leaving Care) Team

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The UASC Leaving Care Team works with children who are outside their country of origin to seek asylum in the United Kingdom and are separated from parents and relatives. The aim of this team is to support UASC care leavers to achieve their full potential as they transition to adulthood.

As a Team Manager for UASC leaving Care Team you will lead, manage a team that aim to provide a social care service to care leavers according to our statutory responsibilities and the Local Offer in Surrey.

The Social Worker team you oversee help to ensure that young people leaving care have access to high quality health care; education, training and employment opportunities; and a range of suitable accommodation that provides a safe place to live.

As a team manager you will develop strength-based motivational practice in the team so practitioners can build effective supportive relationships with young people and their families.

You will work collaboratively with partners to deliver effective and safe leaving care services which are timely, within budget, and in accordance with statutory guidelines, policy and standards to ensure that young people's needs are being met and vulnerable children and young people are protected from harm.


Children with Disabilities Team

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Wherever possible all children and young people in Surrey are supported to have their individual needs met by their family and by early help services available in their local community.

The Children with Disabilities Teams provide support to Children and young people with disabilities in cases where their individual needs cannot be met by their extended family or by early help services within the community. Our social workers provide a specialist service to those children and young people in Surrey with permanent and substantial disabilities.

The Children with Disabilities Service aims to safeguard and promote the welfare and development of disabled children whilst supporting children to be cared for by their families at home. We work closely with our colleagues in Education and Health in supporting disabled children and their families.

Professionals within our Children with Disabilities teams work closely with families and children so that they feel more supported, building resilience within the family. Through early help and prevention, the teams support children before crises so that issues can be addressed and deescalated.

As a Children with Disabilities Team Manager you will manager a team of social workers that works across Surrey County Council to assess, provide and review short breaks for children with disabilities. As a newly formed team, this is an exciting time to use your knowledge and experience in developing and taking the team forward.

Social workers within the Children with Disabilities teams ensure the safety of children with disabilities in Surrey and support them towards independence.

We're looking for professionals who are as passionate about children with disabilities in Surrey as we are. We are constantly striving to improve outcomes for young people in Surrey, and that means giving children with disabilities the opportunity to be heard, and listening to what they say.

You will be supported in this challenging role with regular supervision, and by working alongside other social workers, family support workers and partnership organisations such as: SEND teams, Health Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Independent Reviewing officers and carers.


Children Looked After (CLA) Team

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Our CLA teams support those children who cannot live with their families. Social workers within these teams, have a mixed case load of children aged between 0 to 18.

As a team manager, you will manage and develop a geographically based team providing social care services for Children looked after (CLA) that enables them to achieve a strong identity, good health and achieve their maximum potential. You will help to develop strength-based motivational practice so social workers and practitioners can build effective supportive relationships with children and young people and their families.

A part of your role will be to work collaboratively with partners to deliver effective and safe CLA services which are on time, within budget, and in accordance with statutory guidelines, policy and standards to ensure that children and young people's needs are being met and vulnerable children and young people are protected from harm.

Your aim is to drive an approach within the team that encourages children and young people to maintain positive contact with siblings and family members and supports a return to live with appropriate family members wherever this is compatible with their welfare and needs.

Work closely with colleagues in fostering and adoption to achieve early permanence for children in permanent stable families wherever possible. Manage operational effectiveness of the team, allocating and prioritising workloads and taking responsibility for ensuring all cases are safely managed.

We're looking for Team Managers who understand our young people. That means giving them an opportunity to be heard and listening to what they say. If you will never give up on our young people but will push them to be themselves and achieve their potential, then we want to hear from you.

Surrey County Council has implemented the Mockingbird Family Model for fostering. The Mockingbird model is an innovative method aimed at replicating supportive family networks and relationships. It provides sleepovers and short breaks, peer support, regular joint planning and training, and social activities.

The model improves the stability of fostering placements and strengthens the relationships between carers, children and young people, fostering services and birth families. Our aim in Surrey is to build strong relationships between foster homes, empowering families to support one another so that they can overcome problems before they escalate or lead to placement breakdown.

At the centre of each network of six to 10 foster families is a hub home, which offers planned and emergency respite, advice, training and support, to the other families within the extended family network.

The Mockingbird programme improves the resilience of each family within the network, meaning issues can be dealt with before they escalate, reducing social workers' caseloads so they can focus on helping young people achieve their potential.


Early Help Hub Team

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The Early Help Hub offers information advice and guidance to residents and those working with children in Surrey. The Early Help Hub is staffed by Supporting Children Advisors, Early Help Advisors, Family Information Advisors, Youth Homelessness Prevention Advisors and Surrey Police.

As the Early Help Hub Team Manager you will foster good relationships with all partner agencies whilst providing operational support and guidance to Family Group Conference (FGC) Coordinators and Family Information Service Advisors (FISA) services in accordance with statutory guidelines, policy and standards and Surrey's threshold of need.

Family Group Conference (FGC) Coordinators deliver a critical front facing service that supports the effective delivery of the right services at the right time, the team are commitment to working with the child's extended network in forming genuine partnership.

The Family Information Service Advisors ensure families in Surrey are able to access information and support to keep themselves healthy, safe and knowledgeable about the opportunities available to them. To find out more about their work please our Family Information Service webpages.

As the Early Help Hub Team Manager you will have responsibility for to ensure that they deliver services on time and within budget by allocating and prioritising workloads and taking responsibility for ensuing all services and cases are safely managed.

By developing and embedding strength based motivational practices you will ensure your teams are able to offer advice to those working with families about how best to support them and connect them to other people or services who can join them to support a family.

As well as provide operational support for early help teams you will also oversee and ensure that the family information and local offer websites are consistently up to date so that children, families and professionals are able to be signposted and access the website to locate support.


Fostering Team

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As a Team Manager within Surrey's Fostering Service you will play a key part in our work to improve outcomes for our children and young people. Your role will include involvement in all aspects of the service including Recruitment and Assessment, Supported Lodgings, Short Breaks and continuing to develop the Mockingbird Family Model.

Working closely with managers and teams across the whole service, you will be crucial in ensuring foster placements are safe, well-supervised and supported, in order to ensure foster carers are able to meet the needs of the children in their care. You will drive an improving picture of permanent placements for children, and contribute to the ongoing development of the Mockingbird Family Model and training needs of our carers.

In addition to the supervision of the team you will also get involved in chairing and recording meetings including foster carer evaluation and stability meetings. You will also act as the panel advisor and duty manager as part of a rota system.

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