As a Social Work Team Manager, you’ll be responsible for the day to day management of a social work team. Teams can work with children, families, those with mental health problems or with older people; they might be based in local communities or in central council offices. You and your team will work to achieve the best possible outcomes for people needing support.
You’ll provide leadership, guidance and support to a team of social workers and sometimes other health and social care staff, helping them develop their confidence and resilience. You’ll provide guidance and recommendations, ensuring the most appropriate action is taken in response to referrals received.
You’ll regularly supervise staff, carry out performance appraisals and support their professional growth. You’ll also ensure that staff adhere to policies, legislation and regulations.
You’ll provide advice to the public and other professionals. You’ll chair meetings and ensure that written plans and records are accurate and up to date for all those individuals your team supports. You may also manage resources and budgets.
To be successful in this role, you’ll need:
Management and leadership skills, including supervision and coaching
Good communication and interpersonal skills
A flexible approach to work and be able to respond to competing priorities
The ability to think critically and be creative and solution-focussed
The ability to build effective relationships and develop rapport with professionals and public
Tact, empathy and patience
A non-judgemental attitude and a commitment to responding to all with a sense of fair play
Compassion, resilience and a readiness to deal with difficult situations
Good time management and administrative and reporting skills
Finance management skills
Find out more information on qualifications and registration details for this role with Social Care Wales.