Designated Social Care Officer/Team Manager



Closing Date:

10 Jul 2022

Job description

Contract Terms

Grade: PO7+2

Salary: £51717 – £57084 per annum

Full Time, Permanent

Closing Date: Sunday 10th July 2022

About Haringey

We are investing in creating a better borough for all our residents and bettering the lives of children and young people in Haringey is our first corporate priority. We are located in the north of the capital with a population of approximately 250,000 people and a growing population of 0-19-year-olds. We are a diverse and fast-changing borough and tomorrow’s leaders; artists and innovators are busy growing up here.

Haringey is transforming its services for children and young people, and have already made exciting, innovative changes as we strive for excellence in all we do.

In short, we’re a council with high ambitions; a place to work that is full of energy and focus. Our teams have passion, integrity and commitment, and people join us, do so as they see Haringey is a learning organisation, and the people that work here strive for continuous improvement in their practice, aiming high to ensure we provide outstanding outcomes for our children.

We offer a great place to develop a career that is yours to own.

About the Role

This role will lead in framing and developing the social care elements of the SEND strategy across the local authority, in compliance with legislative requirements of the SEND Code of Practice (2015). The role will directly inform and influence the direction of wider SEND services through the facilitation of research, policy and best practice. The DSCO will have sound knowledge and understanding of both social care processes and the SEND reforms agenda and will look to strengthen practice and generate solutions.

The post holder will have the ability to negotiate with and influence others, build and nurture effective partnerships, working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders across the LA and promoting opportunities for co-production with partners within and outside of the Local Authority including health partners. The post holder will represent Haringey Council at key regional and national events and will be a source of professional advice on SEND reforms relating to social care within Haringey and will seek to promote learning across the department drawing on national standards and from the evidence base of best practice.

This post is contracted to Haringey Children’s Social Care department and will be based in the Disabled Children’s Team. This strategic role will work with our SEN Service to develop the social care elements of the SEND strategy across the local authority.

The post will work with all Council departments, in particular the borough’s Education Service, NHS, as well as other partners.

The Team Manager part of the job requires The Person to be responsible for the day to day management of the work allocated to the team and the development of the team and its individual members in the context of the over-arching objectives of the service. They will conduct regular, reflective supervision with staff, be responsible for HR/people-related activity and act as part of the service management team.

About You

  • A recognised qualification to at least degree level in a relevant profession eg. Social Work. If relying on a social work qualification the applicant will need to demonstrate current Social Work England registration. Other professionals will need to demonstrate equivalent professional registration (if appropriate).
  • Evidence of knowledge, understanding and practice in relation to the implementation of SEND legislation, particularly within social care.
  • Relevant experience of working with children and young people with SEND, and Disabled Children’s Teams and direct work with their families.
  • Experience and understanding of budgetary constraints and a commitment to using local resources and effective work between education and social care for children to receive the best education and social care commitment locally and utilising community and family support.
  • Communicating clearly and persuasively both orally and in writing to a varied audience profile, including writing reports, guidance, templates, presentations, training materials and programmes.


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