Job Description

Service Manager – Safeguarding

Full time 37 hours per week; 9.00am -5.30pm, 9.00am – 5.00pm (Friday)

Sandwell Children’s Trust are recruiting for a Service Manager – Safeguarding to lead their Safeguarding function, who is a passionate and tenacious social work manager who thrives when working alongside social work professionals and managers relentless in improving practice by utilising quality assurance mechanisms which support positive and timely outcomes for children.

Salary range: £50,555 – £53,722 plus the possibility of up to £6,500 relocation allowance

Sandwell overview:
Since the Trust’s inception in April 2018 our fabulous teams have won awards for Community Cohesion (The Teamwork Programme) and Youth Justice of the Year Award at the UK wide 2019 Shine a Light Awards (Sandwell Youth Offending Service). Our Staff Award events highlight the amazing work delivered by our dedicated individuals and teams and gives us a chance to show our appreciation to all who are on this improvement journey with us.
The Trust has recently secured funding from the Department of Education which will enable us to bring our ’12 reasons to work in Sandwell Children’s Trust’ to life, particularly around learning & development in offering development opportunities for all staff.  Please visit our 12 reasons via this hyperlink:

As a new Trust we are agile, we understand where we are in our journey, our recent Ofsted monitoring visits reported:

  • Sandwell Children’s Trust knows itself well
  • Management oversight has improved
  • The workforce is increasingly stable; continued to attract and retain staff.
  • Recruited additional agency staff above its established workforce, recognising the need to reduce caseloads
  • The social workers talked to all spoke positively about working for Sandwell Children’s Trust.
  • Progress has been made in ensuring that the first response to families and children in need is timely

What can Sandwell offer?
At the heart of England with excellent transport links, Sandwell offers a wealth of amenities to enhance your work life balance. With house prices lower than the national average and an ever-developing infrastructure, living in Sandwell is an attractive prospect for many.
Not only this but with an abundance of history, culture, arts, shopping and sporting venues to enjoy PLUS the development of venues for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022, Sandwell really is an exciting place to be right now.

As the Service Manager for Safeguarding working in the Trust you will: –

  • Have the autonomy to influence, support and challenge practice, managing independent reviewing officers and working alongside social care teams.
  • You will be joining a team of experienced managers and senior leaders who have a shared goal of improving social work practice in order to deliver excellent services to the children and families we support.

About you:

  • A qualified Social Worker with significant social work management experience.
  • Have a proven track record for driving quality assurance, improving services alongside supporting the development of staff.
  • Must be able to demonstrate significant experience of working with vulnerable children in need of statutory safeguarding intervention in a range of settings and from a variety of backgrounds.
  • An understanding of the main issues relating to, and factors impacting on, safeguarding children and young people from abuse or exploitation.
  • Have a proven track record of supporting continuous improvement in service delivery.

An Enhanced DBS is required for this position and registration with Social Work England.

Applicants are requested to provide an up to date CV together with a supporting statement  outlining your application and what you feel you can bring to Sandwell Children’s Trust, please send CV and statement to:

Closing date:  28th May 2020

To arrange an informal discussion about the role, please contact Insa Hussain on 0121 569 8471.

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