Salary range : £42,821 - £45,859 per annum
Work location : Barton, Didcot, Abingdon or Banbury
Hours per week : 37 - we are open to discussions about flexible working
Contract type : Permanent and Temporary
Closing date : Sunday 13th December 2020
Vetting requirements : This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check. Please note that under safer recruitment requirements, references will be requested prior to interview.
Oxfordshire County Council is looking to recruit Assistant Team Managers for the exciting new Family Solutions Plus teams
Getting it right for children and families
it’s who we are and what we do.
We’ve been consistently rated as good by Ofsted, but we are not content with that, we are ambitious and want to do even better! At a time when many local authorities are facing financial cuts, Oxfordshire has made significant investments into children’s services, to support the implementation of a new, transformational model - Family Solutions Plus (FSP).
We’re transforming the way we help our frontline social workers support our children and families to get the best outcomes possible for each and every child and family we work with.
Please watch the following videos to learn more about us :
We recently hosted a webinar, a recording of which you can watch by clicking here .
A message from Hannah Farncombe - Deputy Director of Children’s Social Care
Our new way of working in Oxfordshire will bring swift help to families, delivered by workers who really get to know and understand them.
Children’s interests are at the forefront of our hearts and minds, but we’re also creating teams in which practitioners get to do the quality work they only dreamt of doing in other authorities.
We have great staff and managers and I want to continue attracting the best recruits to our service."
Our new approach
Family Solutions Plus will be comprised of locality-based multi-disciplinary teams of professionals, including specialist adult practitioners, working together to support children and their families.
Our new teams bring together Social Workers, Children’s Practitioners, and adult mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse workers to work collaboratively to achieve best outcomes for children and families.
Motivational interviewing is at the heart of our new model - we are committed to engaging families using a strength-based, solution-focused approach.
Our practice model will use a single structured workbook’ approach to assess parents’ capacity for change’, reducing the volume of recording for social workers.
All practitioners will participate in regular group supervision led by managers, so that risk is assessed, tackled and owned collectively.
it’s a really exciting time to join us!
About the role
We’re looking for Assistant Team Managers to support Team Managers with developing and leading our Family Solutions Plus teams.
As an Assistant Team Manager, you’ll help to lead a multi-disciplinary team comprised of specialist adult workers as well as children’s social workers, to tackle parental difficulties as a means of increasing parenting capacity.
As someone with strong communication skills, you’ll build successful working relationships both within your own team and across the service, as well as with other professionals to help shape, develop and deliver services effectively.
You’ll co-ordinate and monitor assessment activity within the team and ensure that practice standards and timescales are always met.
Your own standards of practice will be consistently high, and you will work with the child at the centre of all that you do.
you’ll do this by coaching and supervising social work staff, leading team discussions and workshops, and updating the team on practice developments and research.
Please click here to read the full Job Description and Person Specification
Oxfordshire Children’s Services has invested in extensive training and professional development for our social care workforce, to help our teams develop and improve practice in a workplace that values continual learning . Through our
Social Care Academy
we offer our social care practitioners outstanding, aspirational learning and development opportunities to ensure that everyone is enabled to reach their true potential and thrive in their careers.
We offer a wide range of training programmes and aspirational learning such as reflective coaching, helping individual workers to build the knowledge and skills they need to follow their chosen career pathway.
Our benefits offer
We are committed to ensuring that you get the right support to ensure your wellbeing at work, and our benefits speak for themselves!
Our benefits for Assistant Team Managers include :
Interested in joining us?
You can quickly and easily register your interest by clicking the Apply Now button. You can also contact us by emailing workforus oxfordshire.
if you have a preferred workplace location within the County, please state this on your application.
The online application form includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the role requirements, as specified in the job posting.
You may attach a cover letter and / or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory.
If you experience any difficulties whilst completing the application form, please contact the Recruitment Team at occ.recruitment hants.gov.uk
Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment.
We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.
As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job.
We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job.
For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships.
All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to flexible working arrangements.
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