Team Manager- Youth Justice

Posted 31st Jan, 2024
Barking and Dagenham
£54,129 – £58,248
Working arrangements
Contract type
Closing date
14th Feb, 2024
About the role

We keep on striving for the best for our children and young people” #Be More Due to internal promotion/career progression an opportunity is now available to join the Adolescent team as a social work team manager. This is an exciting time to come and join us as a team manager in the Adolescent team, our multidisciplinary response to the range of exploitative situations faced by some of the most vulnerable children in our borough. The team includes social workers, a therapeutic practitioner, missing children coordinators, a young woman and girl’s worker, NRM Coordinator and is supported by colleagues from community sector organisations such as substance misuse services. The Adolescent team sits alongside the Youth Justice Service to create a joined up targeted response which supports us in having a holistic focus on the young person within a contextual safeguarding environment. Barking and Dagenham has a rapidly growing 0-19 population and we recognise that not all risks faced by children originate from within the family home. We have worked with experts from the University of Bedfordshire to help embed a contextual safeguarding approach to tackle these issues, alongside our partners across Barking and Dagenham and are now a pilot site for a number of exciting projects such as National Referral Mechanism Devolved-Decision Making and Your Choice, a programme offering intensive support to young people using a CBT approach. Within the borough we use a trauma informed, relational approach to engage our children and young people, and caseloads and processes within the team have been set in a way that recognises that such an approach takes time. As part of this team, you will manage social workers and staff who work with children and young people that have been victims of or are at risk from a range of exploitative situations. Our Team Managers are central to driving excellent social work practice and making a positive difference to children, young people, and their families in our community. You will be responsible for delivering services to children and young people through the operational management and supervision of the social work team and will have the opportunity to be part of some of our innovative and exciting projects. You will focus on managing case allocations, having casework oversight, including auditing of cases, and driving progress towards positive outcomes for each child. You will offer reflective supervision and support the professional development of each member of your team. You will be able to demonstrate what excellent social work practice is, together with sound safeguarding knowledge.

About Barking and Dagenham

There has never been a more exciting time to join us at Barking and Dagenham Council – we have achieved Gold Investors in People accreditation and been shortlisted for PPMA Excellence in People Management Awards 2022, demonstrating our investment in and commitment to our staff. We are always on the lookout for Social Work applicants who are eager to achieve more.

We are putting the heart back into social work, and supported by our relational practice model, we ensure the child’s lived experience takes centre stage. We need committed individuals to support us in the delivery of these aims and to become part of our team to make a difference to our children and families.

In Barking & Dagenham we are developing our current career progression offer so that all internal staff and those wishing to join us know what to expect.  Similarly to the journey of the child, we term this the journey of the worker. Below are some of the things we have as part of this offer:

  • a career progression handbook and matrix for all social workers, YOS practitioners and other non-social work roles

  • a bespoke offer of mentoring/coaching for all Team Managers from Service Managers as part of their progression

  • a bespoke offer of coaching for staff by the Principal Social Worker

  • a corporate mentoring offer available to all staff

  • shadowing and internal transfer opportunities for all staff so that a culture of internal movement between services can be promoted as part of retention

  • a robust ASYE programme as part of the NE London partnership with bespoke training schedule and plan

  • a potential post ASYE offer

  • fortnightly lunchtime share and learn practice sessions for all Assessment, Prebirth and MASH staff

  • a CSW forum for all Consultant Social Workers, to give a focus on development into management

  • a monthly management development forum focusing on oversight

  • a corporate leadership development course for all frontline managers and aspiring staff

  • a Child Practitioner Council for staff wanting to step up into representing their service to the Director of CS

  • free subscriptions to Research in Practice and other service-related forums for e.g., CORAM and LASC

Qualified Social Worker roles will also receive a recruitment and retention allowance of £2,500 with your first salary payment and an annual £2,500 retention payment (terms and conditions apply). We have a range of other there are a range of other benefits available to Barking & Dagenham employees, including:

Pay and Conditions:

  • flexible working (including “condensed hours”, flexi-time, part and term-time working)

  • up to 32 days annual leave

  • Local Government Pension Scheme

  • support for employees with caring responsibilities

  • support for employees who are members of the armed forces reserves or adult cadet volunteers

  • workplace adjustments for employees with a disability or long-term medical conditions

    Health and Wellbeing:

  • employee assistance programme

  • health and wellbeing support (including health checks, mental health and “revitalised” programme)

  • individual health risk assessments as appropriate

  • Occupational Health

Employee Support Networking Groups:

  • EASE (Disability)

  • Graduates and trainees

  • LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender)

  • Maternity

  • Menopause

  • STARE (Standing Against Racism and Exclusion​)

  • Womens’

  • Trade unions

Learning and Development:

  • appraisals

  • learning and development opportunities

  • mentoring

Employee Benefits:

  • credit union membership

  • cycle purchase scheme 

  • discounted gym membership

  • retail, holiday and travel discounts with our Wider Wallet scheme

  • season ticket and travel loans

If you have any questions regarding this role, your application, or children's social work in Barking & Dagenham, please contact us via email