Safeguarding Team Manager (Children's Social Care)

Date:  23-Jul-2022
Job Location: 


  • Job Title:                           Safeguarding Team Manager (Children's Social Care)
  • Job Location:                    Cotswolds, Gloucester and Forest of Dean
  • Salary:                               £44,863 - £46,845 per annum
  • Hours per Week:               37
  • Contract Type:                  Permanent
  • Job Requisition Number:  769 
  • Open to Job Share or Part-Time Hours

Locations: Cotswolds, Gloucester & Forest of Dean


Gloucestershire’s vision is “to give every child the best possible chance of a remarkable life, especially those children who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.”



We are a local authority adopting and training all colleagues in systemic social work practice. If you would like to join an authority that takes a relational approach to working with families and focuses on what needs to change in the system around a child and family to enable children to thrive, then consider a role with GCC.


•Fundamentally repositions the relationship between the Local Authority in the form of the allocated social worker, and the family: families are worked with rather than done to

•Has a liberating effect for families and practitioners: families are no longer pathologised, and practitioners are free from the burden of trying to urge a family to change,

•It supports the idea that there are multiple ways of working with families to make change, and the theory of change is explicit and articulated.


We have ambitious improvement and transformation plans to create the optimum conditions within which our staff can make a real difference and improve outcomes for children.


Reward & Support: Here’s what we offer in return for your hard work. A generous pay and reward programme including:

  • £5,000 Welcome Payment*
  • £2,000 Retention Payment*
  • Up to £8,000 Relocation Package*
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Employee Benefits Programme
  • Annual Leave entitlement of 24.5 days rising to 29.5 days after 5 years continuous service.


*Please note, all our welcome payments and retention payments are non-contractual, pro-rata for part time staff and subject to National Insurance and tax deductions.


We also offer all children’s social care staff a clearly defined career pathway with support and encouragement from management for individuals to fulfil their potential. 


Our Vision: Committed to building the best, our Children’s Services are on the lookout for high calibre social workers with a track record of excellence, commitment and delivery to the highest standards, securing the best outcomes for the children and young people with whom they work.


Our team structures are designed to ensure there is the right level of support available to staff and that caseloads are kept at a manageable level with a Team Manager, Advanced Practitioner, 4 Social workers and an ASYE making up each team’s full complement of staff.


As well as your experience as a frontline social worker, there are some things we require of you to be successfully appointed to this post:


  • A recognised qualification in Social Work
  • Social Work England registration
  • To have passed your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)
  • A full driving licence and willingness to drive
  • DBS clearance


Your Team: Children supported by Safeguarding teams are either under child protection plans, children in need plans or in care plans. This means the teams may need to work with the courts to undertake pre-proceedings and proceedings. The teams will work with partners to make sure that every child has an accurate assessment of need, with a plan that sets out how help will be delivered, with improved outcomes and arrangements for review.

About our Social Work Academy: The Gloucestershire Children’s Services Social Work Academy offers leadership of practice to develop outstanding Social Workers and Social Work leaders who effect positive change for children, young people and families in Gloucestershire.  The aim of our Academy is to support workers at all levels, from students and newly qualified Social Workers to our Senior Leaders with their professional accreditation responsibilities and career progression options, as well as ensuring that our Children’s Services workforce receive the highest quality Continuing Professional Development to make sure we are the best at what we do. For more information on our Social Work Academy please click here.



For an informal chat about this role, please email with your name, number and what you wish to discuss and a member of the team will give you a call within 48 hours. 

To ensure a personalised and responsive recruitment experience all applicants will receive a call from the recruitment team to discuss this role, where you would like to practice and in what area and to book you in for an interview. 





Additional Information


Safeguarding Team Manager - Job Profile


Gloucestershire Children's Social Work Recruitment Booklet


Under the terms of our Safer Recruitment Policy, if you are invited to interview, we will take up safeguarding references prior to your interview to understand your suitability to work with vulnerable children. These references will then be discussed in your interview.  Please give details of at least two referees, one of whom must be your present and/or last employer and the other from a previous employer(s).  These will need to cover the last three years of employment/education.  In the case of applicants leaving full time education or not having worked since doing so, the Head of School, College or University should be one of the named referees   We do not accept references from friends or family members or workplace colleagues (who are not more senior).  To ensure we process your application in a speedy and efficient way, we will contact your referees by DocuSign. Where appropriate, please inform them of your application.


This Position is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Gloucestershire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people or vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We want to be an employer of choice, attracting and retaining excellent people to work for us, so that we can best serve all of Gloucestershire’s diverse communities.  Our promise to you is that we will provide an inclusive and supportive working environment that enables you to bring your whole self to work and realise your full potential.

It is a legal requirement, under the Immigration Act 2016, that anyone appointed to a ‘customer facing role’ must be able to demonstrate an ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in fluent English.