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Assistant Team Managers Ref: 50038222

County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight

Grade 11, £36,058 to £ 38,743 per annum plus a Market Supplement of £5,000

Vacancy Reference: 50038222

Closing Date: 30/08/2019

Interview Date: 09/09/2019

Hours: 37 Hours per week   

1x Permanent, 1x Up to 12 month fixed term maternity cover

Ofsted rated us as good across all aspects of our service in 2018 and our ambition is to be outstanding. Ofsted found that: 

'Managers consistently provide valuable support to social workers, ensuring good oversight of children’s plans. Management involvement at key decision points and in reviewing important documents provides clear, accountable reasons for their decisions.' 

'Social workers say that management oversight and support is regular, reflective and helpful, and staff supervision records evidence this.'

We have an exciting new opportunity for you to join our team as an assistant team manager in one of our CAST teams, within children's services on the Isle of Wight. One position is permanent and one is for a 12 month fixed term contract to cover maternity leave. We are looking for an experienced social worker who is ambitious for children and families, and is able to drive improvement in performance and quality of practice. The successful candidate will have an extensive knowledge and experience of children's social care and a sound understanding of how to safeguard children.

You will be responsible for the effective delivery of services in line with Government guidance and policy; promoting high quality practice internally and externally with the wider children's workforce.  You will champion and challenge service delivery and work with multi-agency partners to improve outcomes for children, young people and families. 

We have invested heavily in continuing professional development across our workforce ensuring that we support colleagues to deliver evidence-based best practice through our active membership of Research in Practice. You will have access to extensive quality training and professional development opportunities. We offer a nine day fortnight, so that you can enjoy all the lifestyle choices the Isle of Wight has to offer. You will also have an additional five days free to dedicate to your continuing professional development together with 31 days of annual leave. 

For those considering relocating, we offer a generous relocation package of up to £8,000. We also pay a market supplement which is reviewed annually. For those who decide to commute daily, we can reimburse ferry travel costs. We also support social workers who are thinking about returning to social work practice.

For more information about our services please visit https:/

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Kim Goode, Service Manager Operations, on 01983 821000 Ext. 6288.

The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination, we actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.

Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.

The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer and is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. This council and its schools recruit according to the council’s Safer Recruitment policy and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. 

In addition to the above, the Isle of Wight Council is a Disability Confident Employer. This means that providing an individual meets the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared themselves as disabled, they will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.

Please note that this role falls within the strategic partnership between the Isle of Wight Council and Hampshire County Council. The employer will be the Isle of Wight Council and employment is on Isle of Wight terms and conditions. Hampshire County Council delivers, on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council, all of its children’s services functions and did so for an agreed period of five years from 1 July 2013. The original five year partnership arrangement under direction of the Secretary of State finished in 2018 but has been extended voluntarily by both local authorities for a further five years. 

The management reporting line for this role is ultimately through Hampshire County Council Children’s Services Director/Assistant Director and managers who take operational responsibility for children’s services.

Please view information pack and complete your job application online at Telephone 01983 823134 or email if you need further information about applying. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

In the interests of efficiency and economy, no further communication will be sent to you unless you reach the final shortlist. This means that if you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion.