Didcot Assistant Team Manager SW0519

  • Type: Full Time
  • Location: Greater London
  • Role: Ongoing
  • Salary: to £42 per hour
  • Reference: SW0519
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SW Locums are recruiting an Assistant Team Manger for Family Solutions Plus Team in Oxfordshire Children’s Social Services. Based in Didcot.

You will need to have previous UK experience in a similar statutory setting and show the ability to act responsibly for the allocation and timely progression of new referrals into the team via the duty system, under the direction of the team manager.

Minimum requirements are:

  • 4 years Experience in the UK as a Qualified Social Worker
  • Social Work England Registration
  • Enhanced DBS
  • Right to work in the UK
  • 5 years referencing history of working in UK

Must be able to provide Line management of Children’s Practitioners in the FSP teams.
Show previous experience of deputising for the Team Manager, in his/her absence.
The post holder is responsible for supporting County Safeguarding and Child protection policies and ensure they are adhered to and that concerns are raised in accordance with these policies.

Pay rate up to £42 per hour + £100 accommodation allowance per week.

The £100 p/w accommodation allowance is available to locums who live over 40 miles away from the office base and who require short term accommodation.


To support the team manager with performance management to ensure that statutory duties are undertaken in line with key performance targets;
to operate within local performance framework and to strive to improve team performance.
To play a lead role in improving practice, including the quality of assessments and care planning within the team, leading team meeting
discussions and workshops, and updating staff on practice developments and research findings.
To ensure timely progression of work with families within the FSP model, ensuring direct reports work in accordance with the model modules
and attend group case supervision as required.
To lead group case supervision in respect of children and families in the absence of the team manager.
To support the team manager with the induction of new staff.
To convene and chair multi-agency core group meetings, professionals’ meetings, strategy meetings, mapping meetings and planning meetings.
To ensure direct reports’ effective multi-agency working with partner agencies and adult-facing practitioners in FSP teams.
To support social workers with legal casework including pre-proceedings and care proceedings, ensuring the timely submission of social work
evidence, timely instructions to LA solicitors, and the timely initiation and progression of pre-proceedings when warranted.
To ensure that child and family assessments are completed to a high standard and within proportionate timescales, in accordance with the
complexity of presenting needs.
To promote consistently high standards of practice across the team that put the needs of children and young people at the forefront of all
To ensure robust quality assurance of casework across the team and to participate in the Service’s Quality Assurance Framework, undertaking
monthly audits and themed audits as required.
To support social workers to working in partnership with children and their families.
To ensure all children for whom the post holder is responsible for, have a clear care plan to promote their development, well-being and
protect them from harm.
To actively promote anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice and challenge discrimination in the workplace and with service users
as and when required.
To use the service’s electronic communications system, database, spreadsheets, word processing packages and templates competently and promote
the use of IT within the team.
To ensure a high standard of electronic social care recording for all children.
To ensure compliance with local and national procedures for responding to risk of/actual significant harm to children.
To ensure that statements for court, child protection conferences and looked after reviews are completed to a consistently high standard,
within timescales and evidence the views and wishes of children, families (including absent fathers) and carers.
To follow the Service’s procedures for the authorisation of care packages, placements, financial expenditure and accommodation of children.
To address poor performance in a timely way when required, including the Council’s Capability & Disciplinary procedure.
To represent and advocate for children, young people to access the services they need.
To promote children and young people’s participation in all meetings about them.
To make full and appropriate use of the Family Group Conferencing process.

At SW Locums you will benefit from:

  • Great, fast and accurate rates of pay.
  • Committed support with your own, vastly experienced and knowledgeable consultant.
  • No “waffle” straight talking, conscientious and informed advice.
  • Contact available 24/7.
  • Access to exclusive vacancies nationwide. and exclusive training.
  • Free DBS and compliance service.
  • Industry leading “Refer a Friend” recommendation scheme offering up to £300 for successfully placed referrals.
  • Excellent “Find your own job” bonus – get £250 for bringing your own position to us *
* Terms and conditions apply to our bonus scheme.