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Team Manager - Children in Care

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

About the role

Are you passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of children and young people facing challenging circumstances? An excellent opportunity awaits you as we look for dynamic individuals to join our Children in Care Service as a Team Manager.

Key Responsibilities:

Leadership Excellence: We are looking for candidates with robust leadership skills to guide and inspire a team committed to supporting children and young people. Your leadership will be crucial in fostering a culture of creativity, aspiration, and dedication.

In-depth Knowledge: Your role demands a deep understanding of Children's Social Care, including familiarity with legal frameworks, statutory requirements, and guidance for care-experienced young people. An appreciation of the unique challenges faced by separated migrant children is essential.

Innovative Thinking: Demonstrate your ability to think creatively, delivering targeted support and impactful project work. Your aspirational approach will be the driving force behind our commitment to providing exceptional services.

Care Planning Expertise: Utilise your expertise in quality care planning to support the team in developing clear and concise Care Plans and Pathway Plans. Drive positive outcomes, including successful long-term fostering matches, adoptions, and step-down plans for children in residential settings.

Stability and Solutions: Play a vital role in monitoring the stability of foster placements, employing creative problem-solving to maintain and stabilise them. Collaborate closely with the Care Leavers service to facilitate seamless transitions for young people into adulthood.

Supervision and Development: Use your experience in staff supervision, overseeing work allocation, performance and quality monitoring, and providing support. Your role will also involve training and developing the team to ensure ongoing excellence.

If you are ready to contribute to the welfare of young lives in Cambridgeshire and thrive in a challenging yet rewarding environment, we’d love to hear from you. Make a difference with us!

Our locations include Ely and Huntingdon.  

For more information, call Beth on 01223 475920 or email

This is a rolling campaign and we check applications daily, so don’t wait to apply!

Appointment to this post will be subject to the outcome of an Enhanced Disclosure obtained through the Disclosure and Barring Service. The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We support flexible working requests from day one of employment and so we are open to discussing different working patterns to help you bring your best self to work.

What will you be doing?

As a Team Manager in our Children in Care Service, your day-to-day responsibilities are diverse and impactful. Here's an overview of the key aspects of your role:

Supervision and Development:

  • Provide effective supervision and development opportunities for practitioners.
  • Identify individual strengths and areas for improvement, implementing tailored plans for professional growth.
  • Regularly review and enhance Care Plans, Pathway Plans, and Assessments to ensure optimal support for each child and young person.

Meeting Facilitation:

  • Attend, facilitate, and chair meetings, creating a collaborative environment for effective communication and decision-making.
  • Ensure that meetings are purposeful, fostering a team approach to address challenges and celebrate successes.

Reporting for Senior Management:

  • Produce comprehensive reports for Senior Management, offering insights into the team's performance, challenges, and achievements.
  • Provide transparent and accurate information to contribute to strategic decision-making.

Safeguarding and Risk Management:

  • Prioritise safeguarding by ensuring that risk assessments and safety plans are up to date and reflective of the evolving needs of each child or young person.
  • Implement proactive measures to mitigate risks and maintain a safe and secure environment.

Progression of Plans:

  • Drive the progress of reunification plans, adoptions, and long-term matches, ensuring that each child's journey is supported with empathy and expertise.
  • Collaborate closely with all stakeholders to achieve positive and sustainable outcomes.

Transition Planning to Adulthood:

  • Facilitate seamless transition plans for young people into adulthood, recognising and addressing their unique needs and aspirations.
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external colleagues to ensure a holistic and supportive approach.

About you

We're looking for confident and dynamic individuals who enjoy making a difference in their local community, are curious and spot things that others might not see, enjoys building relationships and likes to explore possibilities.

You must:

  • Be a qualified Social Worker with a Social Work England registration
  • Have the ability to work from a variety of locations and travel countywide independently

For a full list of the requirements of the role, please check out the Job Description & Person Specification.

Our benefits

We value our colleagues in Cambridgeshire County Council and have developed a number of benefits. Benefits include:

  • Flexible and creative working arrangements, including agile working
  • Generous annual leave entitlement and flexible Bank Holidays
  • A comprehensive wellbeing package
  • Our Cambs Rewards employee discounts
  • A comprehensive pension scheme
  • IDEAL staff equality, diversity and inclusion network
  • Camweb our staff intranet helping to keep you informed
  • An employee recognition scheme
  • We offer a generous mileage allowance

About us

We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Cambridgeshire and want our workforce to be reflective of this diversity, which we firmly believe benefits our colleagues, the organisation and our communities. If you don’t meet every single requirement in the job role but think this could be you, please don’t be put off.   We are committed to building a workplace that is compassionate and inclusive as well as diverse, so if you think you could be a good candidate for this role please consider applying and speak to the recruiting manager if you have any questions.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, along with our employee network 'IDEAL' and self-organised peer support groups help us to foster an inclusive, supportive and safe working environment where people feel valued, respected, and empowered.  We collect relevant diversity data for monitoring as part of the recruitment process to understand the diversity of our applicants and monitor any trends throughout the recruitment processes so that we can take meaningful action.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We fully support providing reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process, as well as when you join us, and we encourage candidates to contact the Hiring Manager, whose details can be found in the advert, to discuss any adjustment needs. Some examples of adjustments could include additional time to complete an assessment or printing a document on pastel coloured paper with larger font size and line spacing. We would value talking about what might be possible to enable you to join us and thrive, so if there is something that would help you to do your best during your journey with us, please get in touch.

Visit our jobs and careers section to find out more about our wide range of learning and development opportunities; apprenticeships; our wellbeing package; staff benefits; our commitment to equality, diversity and Inclusion.


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