LB RICHMOND UPON THAMES AND LB WANDSWORTH
Would you like the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of children, young people and their families?
Can you inspire, encourage, shape and develop excellent social work practice that makes a real difference in the lives of children, young people and their families?
If yes, we have the perfect role for you!
Our Family and Friends (Kinship) Service is looking to recruit a Team Manager to join our committed staff in the Kinship Team. You will be energetic, inspirational, passionate and resilient about achieving positive outcomes for the children and young people that require a service from our team.
Our goals and visions
Here in Wandsworth, we are on an exciting journey of transformation. We have developed our Practice Model and are the first Local Authority in London to implement the Family Safeguarding Model. Our values inspire our Outstanding Practice Framework , which creates the context for our social workers to build relationships with families that bring about change to support children to live at home wherever possible. Coupled with our implementation of Family Safeguarding we believe we have the best practice conditions we’ve ever have to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and families in Wandsworth.
Our goals and vision are all about keeping families together where it is safe to do so. We are looking for a Team Manager with a vision and ability to embed good practice in working with family and friends. We work with each family’s strengths to help them meet the challenges they face alongside supporting our practitioners to do the transformational work needed to reduce or prevent the need for children to be looked after by the local authority as a permanent plan. When families are referred to our team, we want them to experience a quality and timely assessment where we develop positive relationships with those family members we are assessing and supporting.
Our culture has been recognised by Ofsted in January 2023, they highlighted “the healthy culture that has been created in the organisation places children at the centre of its ethos and approach. This is alongside the whole organisation embracing a ‘support and challenge’ model. These developments ensure that everyone is accountable for children’s progress, and their impact is evident at all levels within the service”. ‘Support, challenge, appreciation and kindness’ were seen and heard in every conversation with a range of staff, managers and senior leaders according to our report, and our ‘healthy culture’ was lauded by inspectors.
We are proud of the difference we are making to support children and families in Wandsworth and have invested in all our staff, our leaders as well as partners to enable us to make our engagement with families and communities in Wandsworth a success. We passionately believe that if we invest in new ways of thinking and working, you’ll have everything you need to do the job you trained for.
About the role
As Team Manager in the Family and Friends Team, you will be responsible for leading a group of social workers as we develop evolve this service. You will be working collaboratively with your colleagues across the department and with partners to deliver high-quality and responsive social work to kinship/connected persons carers and Special Guardians. Your team will lead on assessing connected persons and Special Guardians during care proceedings and offer ongoing support to approved connected person carers and Special Guardians. We are a busy team working with family and friends of the children and families in Wandsworth, offering a variety of assessment and support. We value each staff member in the service and want each and every one to be a leader and champion of exemplary practice.
To be shortlisted your application and personal statement (no longer than 2 sides of A4) will clearly evidence:
If you would like to have an informal chat about the role, please contact either Candice Levy on or Elizabeth Souter on
At Richmond and Wandsworth Councils, we care more about how you work and what you achieve, rather than where you work on any given day. The difference you can make to our local communities is what really matters most to us, service delivery must always come first. We have carefully considered agile ways of working to provide the best experience for residents, stakeholders and our staff. Our agile working strategy actively supports and encourages a dynamic work environment and daily working experience. Agile working helps put the needs of our staff at the centre of everything we do, so if specific flexible working arrangements helps you with this, feel free to let us know.
Your wellbeing and the flexible way in which you can work is and will remain a key priority for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils. We want you to thrive and feel empowered in your work!
We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 40 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.
In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.
Indicative Recruitment Timeline
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. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible.
We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our teams, including males.
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.
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 response 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).