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Deputy team manager (16-25 Team)

Job Introduction

We are looking for an experienced Social Work Practitioner to join our 16-25 team as a Deputy Team Manager. You will work with the team manager to ensure that services are delivered in line with National legislation and policy in relation to Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking children, children in care and care experienced young people.  

As a Deputy Team Manager you will supervise and support social workers and personal advisors, implementing practice developments in line with local and national needs and expectations. You must hold a recognised Social Work qualification (degree/diploma), undergo a DBS check and be registered with Social Work England. You will need to have experience of Working with Care Leavers, Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers or Looked After Children, service development and supervision experience and understand what good looks like in respect of Social Work practice.

This is a 1 year fixed term contract with the possibility of becoming permanent for the right candidate. 

Main Responsibility

 

  • To undertake regular staff supervisions,  to act in a supportive role whilst assessing  performance in line with MKC policies and procedures.
  • To be supportive of multi disciplinary work, encouraging effective team working, which leads to improved  outcomes.
  • The management of complaints allocated to them by the Team Manager.
  • To take the lead on practice and service development for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and Care Leavers.

  • ​To ensure that all children and young people in need, in need of protection, and/or in care are safeguarded and their well-being is promoted effectively, through assessment and care planning alongside the application of theory, practice and procedural knowledge.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Professional qualification in Social work with post qualification experience and/or supervisory experience in social care field with Children in care, care experienced young people and Unaccompanied Asylum seeking Children. 
  • Must be self-motivating and able to make difficult decisions and support staff in complex work, experience in supervision is desirable but not essential as training will be provided, commitment to development of staff, within a framework and Social Work England standards.
  • Able to lead and motivate staff to deliver changes in practice, team structures and joint working in line with local and national requirements.
  • Good interpersonal, organisational and information management skills.

  • To possess good written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills with ability to question, challenge, solve problems and complete tasks within variable time frames.

Package Description

​We are really proud of the benefits we are able to offer our staff here at Milton Keynes Council, including:-

  • Local Government Pension Scheme, considered to be one of the best employer contribution rates of 18.8%
  • 27 days annual leave per year in addition to statutory and public holidays, rising to 31 days after 5 years
  • Holiday Purchase Scheme
  • Our Professional Development Centre provides access to courses such as in-house management development programmes endorsed by the Institute of Leadership, Apprenticeship Programmes (junior and senior), coaching and mentoring and access to our Smarter Learning portal
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Health Cashplan
  • MK Advantage benefits package – a range of savings on a wide range of retail, leisure and entertainment products and services such as Pizza Express, M&S, B&Q, John Lewis and Arriva Travel.
  • SmartGo – Aimed at encouraging low-carbon transport and healthy lifestyle with discounted travel e.g. Halfords, Arriva, Europcar, National Railcards and Stagecoach.
  • Homebuy Scheme (for eligible roles)
  • Smarter working which provides the opportunity to work from various locations including from home for a proportion of your role (subject to business needs)
  • A full range of family friendly policies including enhanced Maternity, Adoption and Paternity entitlements
  • Childcare Subsidy

About the Company

Milton Keynes is a diverse, welcoming, and expanding place, built on smart ideas with even bigger plans for the future. We have world class attractions, beautiful open spaces, and a great standard of living.

Milton Keynes Council is one of the largest employers in the region, making a difference every day for local people. We’re responsible for all local government services in MK including education, housing, highways, and social services - around 240 services in all.

Our values are to be dedicated, respectful, and collaborative. If this sounds like you, join us for a stimulating and fulfilling career measured on results, and a rewarding work-life balance.

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