Team Manager

Team Manager - Swindon (South West and Channel Islands Hub)

At the NSPCC, we’re leading the fight against child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. We believe that every childhood is worth fighting for. Which is why we’re working harder than ever to protect children at risk, help children who have been abused to rebuild their lives, and find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening.

We work directly with children and families either in their homes or at our regional and national hubs across the UK and Channel Islands. Each service we provide is evaluated at different stages and from different perspectives so we can learn what works best and improve our provision. We are committed to sharing our evaluations to increase the evidence base of what works in children's services and help keep many more children safe.

The NSPCC South West and Channel Islands Regional Hub, based in Swindon, has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Team Manager (Social Work qualified), who is looking to fully use and further enhance their skill sets; delivering innovative services to children, families and adults/professionals involved with safeguarding children.

The NSPCC can offer the right candidate with the potential to grow and develop, fantastic learning opportunities, an improved work / life balance and the experience of working in a well-established charity that sets high standards and expectation on improving the lives of children. The successful candidate will have access to a Team Manager Development Programme alongside service specific training.

The successful candidate will, as a leader in the local team, manage and shape new innovative services within the themes of Sexual Abuse and Neglect in Early Years, in line with the NSPCC current strategy. They will be an integral part of the management team and will be responsible for the line management of a number of social workers /and other professionally qualified staff, delivering front line services within neighbouring local authority areas.  

The NSPCC are looking for a candidate with excellent communication skills, experience of supporting and developing staff within the safeguarding field as well as skills, knowledge and passion to drive improved outcomes for children and families. Candidates need to demonstrate motivation to improve the quality of the work provided by the team, have some experience of delivering supervision that supports good practice that promotes positive values and behaviours and expertise in the field of safeguarding.

An integral part of the NSPCC current strategy is the delivery of innovative, pioneering, evidence based practice across the safeguarding agenda. In addition, the NSPCC is seeking to share this learning to spread the reach and impact of our work. We are developing a fresh approach to community engagement, working in partnership with others, identifying and meeting local need and seeking involvement from all sections of the community; creating and delivering services to meet diverse needs. Therefore, the role requires a positive and flexible approach to influencing change and innovation.


What does the role involve?

Provide first line management to social work qualified practitioners 

Ensure safeguarding children practice is high quality and is embedded in the core of practice of the Hub

Support the Assistant Director to maintain high standards of assessments of risk and need, case recording and ensure key performance targets are met

Develop and maintain partner relationships, including strategic leadership groups and improve referral pathways, promoting the work of the Hub

Lead on local demands for training/workshop and consultation delivery to external partners and professionals

Support practitioners, Social Work students and volunteers through co-working, coaching and mentoring

Develop and deliver practice workshops/development sessions, sharing good practice and learning

Contribute to evaluation of services

Produce and present reports to the NSPCC leadership team

Provide high quality developmental supervision, robust annual appraisals and development plans for practitioners


What qualities/skills are we looking for?

Self-motivated and flexible mindset

Confident communicator with colleagues, including senior leadership, external partners and children and families

Proven commitment to high quality practice

Actively committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Ability to collaborate with colleagues across NSPCC directorates and with external partners, including strategic groups

Passionate about safeguarding children and seeking the best outcomes for them

Assertive and resilient when raising and escalating safeguarding children concerns with other agencies

Responsive to new challenges and solution-focused


Interviews will be held on the 24th May 2022

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Andrew Freeman, Assistant Director – South West and Channel Islands on 07710143421 or email andrew.freeman@nspcc.org.uk.

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Albert Street - Swindon
Unit 5 Little London Court, Albert Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, United Kingdom, SN1 3HY

As an organisation, we are committed to creating and fostering a culture that promotes safeguarding and the welfare of all children and adults at risk. Our safer recruitment practices support this by ensuring that there is a consistent and thorough process of obtaining, collating, analysing and evaluating information from and about candidates to ensure that all persons appointed are suitable to work with our children and adults.

  • Annually:
    P6 (entry-median) £35,533 - £41,803
  • Region:
    South West & Channel Islands
  • Location:
    Albert Street - Swindon
  • Department:
    Local Services
  • Vacancy Type:
  • Working Hours Per Week:
    1FTE / 35 Hours
  • Closing Date:
    31 May 2022


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