Deputy Team Manager – Children Looked After, Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and Leaving Care Team.

Ref: 24155

Location: Harrow Civic Centre

Directorate: People Services

Contract Type: Permanent

Working Hours: 36 hours

Closing Date: 25/01/2021

Interview Dates: 03/02/2021 & 04/02/2021

Salary Range: G11 £43,422 - £46,383 and Market Supplementary Payment of £1,500


This is a fantastic opportunity for a Deputy Team Manager with a recognised professional Social Work qualification (e.g. Degree in Social Work, Dip SW or CQSW) to join the People’s Services team at Harrow council as a Deputy Team Manager.

Reporting directly to the Team Manager, Children and Young People Service, the post holder will deputise for the Team Manager and assist in the execution of all managerial functions relating to the smooth running of the social care teams in Targeted Support.

In addition, the post holder will assist Team Managers in supervising and supporting Social Care staff, to provide a range of services for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children, Care Leavers and Children Looked after including ensuring robust permanency and pathway plans are in place.

The post holder will also oversee a small team dedicated to improving the standards and outcomes for Looked After Children, Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children, Care Leavers.

About Us:

Harrow Council is the 12th largest London borough by area and one of the most culturally diverse local authorities in the UK, making it a great place to live, work and visit. Located 10 miles from the city centre and just 13 minutes to Euston from Harrow & Wealdstone station there are great transport links via the Metropolitan Line, Watford DC Line and national rail service. It is easily accessible to the M1, M25 and A406.

About You:

We will always want to do more and achieve better for our young people, such is our aspiration. We therefore seek applications from committed professional and dynamic practitioners who have experience in the following: 

  • Expert knowledge of the Children Act 1989 and related regulations and guidance.
  • Supervising workers.
  • Experience of undertaking complex social work assessment and practice which take fully into consideration the child/young person’s background and lifestyle choices.
  • Experience of quality assuring care plans which consider the range of services appropriate to children/young people and their carers/families.
  • Ability to discuss and negotiate with colleagues and partner agencies and to resolve differences of opinion or refer these to an appropriate level of management.
  • Experience of co-ordinating and delivering support through good quality child in need plans child protection and court work all effectively formulated to meet individual children’s needs.
  • You will care about children and will consistently ensure that their voice is represented.
  • Be able to work with complexities in responding to the changing need of communities such as contextual safeguarding for young people.
  • Working knowledge of all statutory duties and responsibilities relating to children and families, including:
  1. Legislative Framework
  2. Statutory Guidance and Standards
  3. Government Objectives and Initiatives

The following also applies for all applicants:

  • Have a Social Work qualification i.e. CQSW, DipSW or equivalent.
  • Be registered with the Social Work England as a Social Worker.

For additional information please refer to the Role Profile/ Selection Criteria.

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Important Note

Our staff are our greatest asset and therefore no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender, reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification applies.

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We particularly welcome female applicants, individuals under 25 years of age, those from the BAME community, LGBTQ+ applicants and disabled applicants, as they are under-represented within Harrow Council at this level. Appointment will always, however be made on merit.

Role Profile/Selection Criteria

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