Team Manager - Court Team

Sutton Council
Full Time
£43,815 - £51,903 (£53,946 unconsolidated maximum)
Per annum
27 days

28/11/2022, 23:55


In Sutton, there is much for us to be proud of both as a council and as a borough. This includes high levels of resident satisfaction, the quality of our services, our success in addressing our financial challenges to date, the way that we involve and engage with residents on key issues facing the borough, and the enthusiastic and motivated staff that we employ. 

Children Services in Sutton are rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted with ‘Outstanding’ Leadership across the service, priding itself on being a safe place to practise with supportive and caring management, regular supervision, support with complex cases and opportunities to learn and develop.

Looking ahead, there are plans for the delivery of new homes and new schools and the London Cancer Hub is being developed, while the Council is also seen as a driving force within the South London Partnership of five outer south west London boroughs focused on strategic growth, regeneration and investment.

All of this demonstrates a good track record and an authority that is ambitious and set to deliver more improvements for the borough. We've set out our vision for the future of Sutton in our corporate plan - Ambitious for Sutton. This strategic plan will shape the outcomes we achieve, the services we provide, and the impact we have on residents, to make Sutton a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Team Manager - Court Team

Salary (Grade 9) – £41,586 - £49,674 (£51,717 unconsolidated maximum)

Team Managers receive a Welcome Bonus of £1000 paid in your first month salary followed by a Retention Bonus of £1000 after your first completed year of service, a retention bonus of £2000 after your second completed year, followed by a retention bonus of £3000 for every completed year thereafter 

Whole package totals up to £54,717

Team Managers within this service area are able to work flexibly between home, work and court environments to meet the needs of the service whilst recognising the benefits that a hybrid model of working can bring.

Reporting to the Head of Service and supported by a Service Manager, we have a fantastic opportunity for a Team Manager to support us in delivering a specialist service to Children within care proceedings, working closely with Courts to secure their safety and wellbeing through the means of permanency. Our objective is to deliver the best outcomes for children and young people

As a Team Manager within the Court Team, your role is to manage the statutory duties of the Social Workers whilst developing a court service to achieve outstanding outcomes for our children. Working in partnership with other teams and organisations in health, education and legal services to ensure the best outcomes for the children and young people of the borough, our Team Managers maintain the highest standards set in our organisation and make positive impacts on the families we help.

As the Team Manager your duties and responsibilities will include (not limited to):

  • The management and supervision of Social Workers.
  • The management of cases within Proceedings who may either be looked after or living at home.
  • The quality assurance of court reports, statements, Care plans, parenting assessments, other court documents, and when necessary attending court.
  • Compliance with Court direction, providing the Court with child focussed evidence and analysis in order to achieve the best outcomes.

Our vision encapsulates the community-based approach and commitment to improving the quality of life and well-being for all Sutton residents.

PRIDE - our acronym that illustrates our five core values which reinforce the vision and provide the underlying context to the ways in which we work:

  • Working in PARTNERSHIP with the people who live and work in the borough 
  • Making our services open and accessible so that everyone is listened to and treated with RESPECT 
  • Seeking INNOVATIVE approaches in order to provide better, more cost-effective services 
  • Promoting DIVERSITY and ensuring that we recognise and celebrate difference within the context of fairness and equality 
  • EMPOWERING everyone so that we can all 'take part and take pride' as active citizens and staff.

Our Team

Sutton’s Court and Adoption service provides a specialist service to Children within care proceedings. In Sutton we ensure that our staff have manageable workloads, regular supervision, and through annual appraisals you will have the opportunity for career development and progression. Court social workers will also have the opportunity to develop skills by undertaking a variety of assessments and attend a range of training.

The Borough prides itself on engaging with children and young people, and this is no different in the Court team with the expectation of staff undertaking direct work with children to elicit their voice and to give age-appropriate clarity and reassurance.

The successful candidates will be leading the team to deliver against our statutory obligations in providing Child care services. You will provide leadership and expert advice to your team ensuring that services are delivered in a safe and effective way in accordance with statutory requirements and with the application of early help/preventative  interventions. You will be able to think creatively around support packages for families meeting their needs and being innovative with your approaches. 

In addition, we would expect the successful candidate to demonstrate the following competences (not limited to):

  • A relevant Professional Qualification in Social Care and registered with the regulatory body Social Work England with strong evidence of relevant formal post qualification experience. 
  • Extensive experience of working in the relevant setting or evidence of transferable skills and experience.

Our culture of strong, accessible and supportive management will provide you with good regular supervision and the opportunity to take part in restorative supervision and case discussions. We also offer training for career progression to help support and develop your role as a manager. 

As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential and will offer you a supportive, friendly and collaborative environment to grow and develop your career and skills. We’re constantly striving to improve our ways of working so putting your ideas across - however big or small - will be fully encouraged and supported by your colleagues and our dynamic and experienced management team.

In addition, we offer a modern and flexible working environment for our staff, supported by our IT infrastructure, including Google Chromebooks and Google Apps.

Employees have access to a wide range of benefits, some of which include:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays (pro-rata if part-time working hours apply)
  • Flexi-time (Please note, this applies to roles at grades 1-9 only)
  • Comprehensive learning and development programme
  • Local and national discounts for shopping, eating out and leisure activities
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Car parking scheme
  • Bicycle loan facilities and cycle to work scheme
  • Zip car scheme
  • Free eye tests and contribution towards glasses
  • Confidential wellbeing and counselling support
  • Subsidised gym membership

Please apply online outlining what skills, abilities and experience you can bring which makes you an ideal candidate for this role. Please ensure you refer to the requirements outlined in the job profile when completing your application.

To support our diversity agenda and reduce the risk of bias in our recruitment activities, our short listing process completely anonymises personal information that can identify job applicants e.g. name, title etc. Our hiring managers review and short list applications based on the information provided as part of your application as to how well you meet the requirements and criteria for the role, as outlined in the job profile.

The closing date is given as a guide. 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 submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

We pride ourselves on being a diverse, inclusive and welcoming Borough and we aim to create a workforce which reflects the community we serve. We are respectful of difference and realise the positive value of diversity in our workforce. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds and particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates and disabled candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce. As part of our Disability Confident Committed status, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum/essential criteria for the role.

We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, and inclusive staff networks who help drive our diversity agenda.

The UK has introduced a new points-based immigration system affecting EU and Non-EU workers and sponsorship requirements. We advise checking the GOV.UK website for right to work guidance.

Important Information - Criminal Records
This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory result to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

This opportunity is closed to applications.