Interim Service Manager – Adopt London South

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Interim Service Manager - Adopt London South
Interim Position

Southwark 5212336

Posted: 4th August 2022 14:35
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  • Pay Rate:

    £289.16 per day PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3-4 months

  • SOUTHWARK, London,

    SE1 2QH

What's involved with this role:

Full Job Title: Interim Service Manager - Adopt London South

Reference no: Southwark 5212336

Enhanced DBS disclosure required

To act as service manager for Adopt London South, the South London Regional Adoption Agency (RAA) which combines the adoption services for the 10 South London Boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Southwark Sutton, Wandsworth, Greenwich and Achieving for Children, the Voluntary Adoption Agency delivering adoption services on behalf of Richmond and Kingston.

The Service Manager is responsible for the operational management of social work practice, ensuring the delivery of a high quality, systemically-informed social work service. To set objectives for the service, develop plans and allocate resources to achieve these objectives. To contribute to the strategic assessment of need. To promote and govern excellent social work practice across the service, ensuring purposeful work with families, support networks and other professionals to safeguard children and demonstrably improve outcomes. To ensure the delivery of a social work service which is both relationship-based and responsive to the needs of children and their families in a timely manner and within statutory guidelines. To ensure the development of a culture of learning and improvement.

The Service Manager is expected to provide leadership and vision for the continuous development of ALS, leading the strategic planning, development and management of all aspects of ALS to ensure the delivery of high quality, effective and legally compliant Adoption services.

The post holder will manage the operational relationship with Local Authorities through interaction at Service Management level and will be responsible for the line management of the team managers within ALS.


Specific Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:

  1. A relevant recognised Social Work Qualification required and registration with Social Work England (SWE)
  2. Knowledge:
    1. Knowledge and understanding of child development, parenting capacity, environmental factors and risk and protective factors
    2. Knowledge and understanding of statutory frameworks for children’s social work
    3. Knowledge of roles and responsibilities of key children’s agencies
    4. Knowledge and understanding of a range of systemic, restorative, and attachment-informed practices, methodologies and an ability to decide on the best provision for each case
  3. Experience:
    1. Experience of direct complex social work with children and their families in addition to formulating and implementing effective social work plans
    2. Experience of providing formal supervision and support to a group of team managers/social work staff, including task allocation, setting priorities, and personal development
    3. Experience of professional leadership, including accountability for the practice and development
    4. Awareness of diversity issues in adoption. Experience of addressing race disparity in adoption outcomes including the importance of appropriate therapy providers
    5. Experience of financial and resource management within a social care environment
    6. Experience of strategic planning and leadership
  4. Skills & Abilities:
    1. Ability to provide clear systemically-informed leadership to professional staff - understanding and commitment to “Social Work Matters” and its key principles of openness, transparency, accountability and leadership
    2. Ability to design and drive service improvements and embed best practice within the service
    3. Ability to respond proactively with all the LA’s and
    4. Stakeholders with transparency and open partnership
    5. Ability to produce high quality concise reports and have excellent verbal communication skills
    6. Ability to prioritise and be accountable for the delivery of a social work service with children and families through the management and emotionall
  5. ICT Skills: Proven ability to utilise technology effectively, in particular excel and with case management systems to analyse and produce quality data in a variety of formats


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Other Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. *** Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.
  5. *** Other Work-Related Requirements: Ability to work flexible hours to fit with the needs of Service - including evening and weekends as required
  6. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above – your CV must address the requirements listed

Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for


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Interim Service Manager - Adopt London South
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