How you'll make a difference

At South Gloucestershire Council we are immensely proud of the skills, abilities and compassion of all our social workers and wider team members – demonstrated even more so during the recent years of the  pandemic.  

A key priority during this time is to support and develop newly qualified social workers embarking on their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment.  In order to meet these workers’ needs and ensure that there is committed and focused support in place, South Gloucestershire Council launched an exciting pilot NQSW team within the Access & Response service during  2021-22.  This pilot was evaluated with positive feedback and we now plan to develop this as a permanent offer.

Each year the ASYE team will be based in a different service area within Children’s services ,giving a Team Manager a unique opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge across a range of service areas

For a 12 month period this team will hold NQSWs exclusively, providing an environment of close professional oversight, quality reflective personal and group supervision whilst completing all the requirements of the ASYE.

We need a dedicated and focused Team Manager who can provide support, recognition, guidance and professional oversight to these NQSWs and who can ultimately prepare them for moving into more autonomous practice. 

Starting In July 2022 the team will be based within the 0-18 Children with Disabilities Service; and will be reviewed for each annual intake – meaning this role will give you the flexibility of leading teams across various functions of Integrated Children’s Services.

To apply, you must already be an employee of South Gloucestershire Council, preferably with agreement from your current manager that you will be released for the required commencement date of the ASYE Pod if successfully appointed.


What will you be doing?   
 
You will have a fantastic opportunity to succeed in unprecedented circumstances – helping to guide your team forward in 202
2 and beyond.  Yes, you will have the usual targets to achieve, but you will also have a very supportive leadership team around you, that are always accessible from the very top down.  If you can focus on the people behind the Social Worker title – we know you will achieve the best for all of children and families. 

• First and foremost, as a supportive manager you will be able to get the best from your team members whilst ensuring they are fully supported and know how valued they are.
• Ensuring a focus on the individual and assisting in personal and professional development through the several available pathways and programmes offered by our Children’s Services

What we need from you

• You will be a current Team Manager or aspiring Team Manager (Advanced or Senior Social Worker) who is passionate about developing others, who is keen to share their own knowledge and skills and has the willingness and ability to nurture these workers who are at the very start of their professional social work career.

• You will have relevant professional qualification and experience in a relevant setting, that must include experience of management of staff (including students), and supervision of other professionals. 
• You will be able to evidence your ability to lead teams to achieve optimum performance in delivering excellent social care services for children.  
• You will have evidence of on-going continuous professional development and a thorough knowledge of current legislation and practice relating to children and young people’s services.

Please note that due to the nature of this role it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post.

How a career at South Gloucestershire Council is different

  • We invest in the careers of our people and we are recognised for the quality, breadth and depth of our training and development offer, which helps our people make the greatest long-term difference in their work. 
Tim is one of our newer Team Managers and as progressed his career in South Gloucestershire is just one of our examples of this investment.
 
“Working at a smaller authority, you might think that there are fewer opportunities to develop and progress, but I think the opposite is true. We’re a relatively small authority and we have strong connections with services managers and heads of service. 
We have strong links between teams and there are good opportunities to experience different parts of the service, which is something which I’ve definitely benefited from.”
 
  • We have invested in the technology and support to enable staff to work seamlessly from home so we can ensure we are keeping staff safe during Covid-19.  For those staff who may need to work in the office we have also ensured that our offices and hubs are Covid secure; and have measures in place such as one way systems, socially distanced work stations and hand sanitizer stations throughout our premises.   
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Ensuring all our staff are given right skills, knowledge and support to recognise and respond effectively to potential abuse or neglect.
 
We recognise that our diverse team of skilled and dedicated people make us a great place to work. We welcome applications from everyone and ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and developed on the basis of their merits and abilities.   
 
We are currently working remotely, but the usual place of work for these teams is Badminton Road, Yate, as we provide a service to our customers from the council offices.  It is expected that you will return to the usual place of work in line with governmental guidance and local council policy in the future. 
 
Our teams at South Gloucestershire Council are making a real difference to the lives of people who live, work and learn here.  
  • We're building and shaping communities which people are proud of  
  • We're working with the most vulnerable in our community to help them achieve what they want in life  
  • We're investing in our schools to ensure every child and young person in South Gloucestershire achieves their full potential.    
We've achieved a great deal, but we need talented and dedicated people to ensure we continue to make a difference.  
 
We’re making a difference, be part of it!  

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