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Team Manager (Permanence) (Dorchester and Chesil)

Salary details: £41881 - £47710

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Dorset Council
Occupational group
Health and Social Care - Children's
Salary details
£41,881 - £47,710
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Paula Golding
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Closing Date
29 November 2020 11:00 PM
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Develop your Social Work Management career with Dorset Council Children’s Services. We have current Team Manager vacancies for a Permanence Team based in Chesil (Weymouth) and a Permanence Team based in Dorchester.

It’s an exciting time here for Children’s Services in Dorset.  We have recently launched our new model of working - Dorset Children Thrive which will:

- Put children first

- Get it right first time

- Make services easy to access

- Develop our skilled and confident workforce

- Provide good quality and efficient services

- Measure success

As part of our new model we have developed multi-agency Locality teams bringing together colleagues from across Early Help, Children's Social Care, Educational Psychology, SEND and Inclusion services under the leadership of new Heads of Locality and Strategy.


Our Locality teams are based within 6 communities across Dorset - Chesil, West, Dorchester, Purbeck, East and North. The Locality model promotes collaborative working with our Early Help and Education colleagues. It also enables Social Workers to get to know their children, the communities within which they live and the partner agencies who are also able to support our families.


Within our Locality Teams we have Permanence Teams for our children who have had their permanence plans agreed through the Court or as a longer term placement under s.20 of the Children Act. We have four Permanence Teams across the six Localities – East and Purbeck Permanence, Chesil Permanence x 2 and Dorchester, West and North Permanence.


Our approach to working with children and families is strengths based and restorative. We want our Social Workers to build relationships with children and their families to enable positive change. We are working on reducing caseloads to facilitate relationship building through direct work with children and families with purposeful and evidence based interventions.


We want our Team Managers to provide regular reflective supervision, promote group and peer supervision and promote a learning culture. We want our Team Managers to support the professional development of our workforce. We want our Team Managers to promote an environment of high support and high challenge. This will include focus on performance and auditing to ensure we understand our children’s needs, we provide timely responses and we achieve the very best outcomes for our children in care.


We are currently developing our Learning Academy to promote the Career Development of all of our Children’s Services workforce, and to provide access to up to date evidence based tools and research. We promote the development of our managers through opportunities for Leadership and Manager training.


You must have a Diploma/ Degree/ Masters in Social Worker and have a minimum of 4 years post qualifying experience in Children's Services.

You must be registered with Social Work England.

You will have or will be willing to undertake a formal qualification in Leadership and Management.


A successful applicant will demonstrate the following behaviours:

Responsibility: We act with integrity. We are honest and we don't attribute blame when something goes wrong. We are all part of the solution

Respect: We are aware of our impact on others. We treat people fairly and have high expectations of ourselves and others, and value differences in approaches and opinions. We instigate and lead through positive behaviours

Recognition: We appreciate and value the contribution of individuals and teams for work well done. We lead by taking time to provide feedback and share lessons learned and achievements to support the organisation development. We celebrate commitment and success

Collaboration: we work with colleagues, residents and partners to achieve the best possible outcomes. We feel confident to share ideas, we listen and respect other's points of view and set this example for each other. We value the power in combining our personal qualities, skills and experience to achieve a shared goal


Please click here for further information, or for an informal discussion please call Paula Golding, Service Manager on 01202 868237 (email

Please clearly state on your application the location you wish to apply for, either:

  • Dorchester (position number 61033008)
  • Chesil (position number 610442278)

This post involves working with children and having access to significant information about them and will therefore be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

Nb. Once this post has closed, the job description and person specification will no longer be available to view.

Please note Dorset Council does not accept CV’s in place of an application form due to Safer Recruitment procedures, and because we require the same range of information from all our candidates.