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Assistant Team Manager - Children Looked After
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The London Borough of Sutton “is uncompromising in its focus on improving quality of frontline social work” – Ofsted

Ofsted announced in February 2017 that the provision of children’s services in Sutton has been rated asGood

About the Job:

Assistant Team Manager – Children Looked After 

Salary – (Grade 9): £38,994 - £46,578 (£48,495 unconsolidated maximum through performance related progression)

Plus welcome bonus of £1000 and a retention payment of £1000 in the first year, £2000 in the second year and £3000 a year thereafter  

Free car parking pass to local car park

The Children Looked After team works with children and young people aged up to 16 year olds, who are under full Care Orders, whose long-term or permanent plan is to be looked after by the Local Authority for the duration of their childhood. As appropriate, children are moved into adoption, long term fostering  or become subject of special guardianship Orders.

The team is responsible for ensuring that all looked after children are safe, have stable and secure placements, they are consulted and have robust care plans. Care plans cover their safety, permanency,  education, health, emotional health to ensure positive outcomes for the short, medium and future. The team benefits from a Family Therapist and a Clinical Psychologist who are based within the team and provide consultation and support to social workers as well as carers

About You:

We welcome applications from experienced Social Workers and Managers who are able to show initiative, an ability to work under pressure and to expected standards; have supervisory skills and who can develop our services to an outstanding standard. You will be highly organised and have strong written and analytical skills, a thorough knowledge of safeguarding legislation and experience of supervising staff or students.  If you have experience in front line Children's services and are looking for the next challenging step in your career apply today. 


The offer:

A modern and flexible working environment for our staff allowing you to work flexibly from multiple locations, remotely from your mobile/tablet using Google Mail and Apps which are a  key enabler for collaborative and streamlined working. Manageable caseloads and a culture of strong management and autonomy. The offer includes:

  • A competitive salary

  • A £1000 one-off welcome payment*

  • A £1000 annual retention payment at the end of the first year, £2000 at the end of the second year and £3000 thereafter*

  • An annual leave entitlement of up to 32 days

  • Reimbursement of your annual HCPC registration

  • Fuel allowance

  • Use of Zip car scheme

  • Subsidised gym memberships

  • Discounts in local shops

  • Season ticket loan

  • Parking allocation

  • Introduce a friend scheme

*Please note some bonuses are only suitable for those appointed on point 30 and above

For more information about the role, please click here to view the role profile


Closing date - 25th May 2020

Interview date - To be confirmed


COVID-19) - information for job applicants


Given the ongoing situation, we have not set a closing date for this job vacancy. We are unable to currently advise when interviews will be arranged. We feel that this is the correct and responsible decision to make in these exceptional circumstances in view of:·

  • increased demand on the time of the council staff in response to the pandemic

  • the need to support more vigilant public health measures.

We appreciate that applicants will want further information. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, arrangements for undertaking these interviews will require careful consideration.We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


Intended Closing Date: 25th May 2020

Intended Interview Date: TBC


The London Borough of Sutton is Disability Confident Committed.  We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role and ensure that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible

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