SLA08555 - Team Leader (Children and Families)

South Lanarkshire Council


£41,772 to £42,411 per annum Full Time Contact: Human Resources Reference: SLA08555

Job Description

South Lanarkshire Council is an ambitious, high performing organisation with a clear vision and programme of action which is designed to improve the lives and prospects of everyone in South Lanarkshire. 

The aim of Social Work Resources is to promote social welfare and provide effective care and support to meet the needs of vulnerable people in South Lanarkshire.

In partnership with community planning partners, voluntary and independent provider organisations, we offer a range of services designed to enable, support, improve and protect the health and social care of people using our services.





You will be part of the Children and Justice Services Management Team and will be responsible for the management of a team of Children and Justice Service’s Social Work staff to provide a direct Social Work Service and provide professional support and supervision to staff.

Based within Children and Family Team this is an opportunity for either an experienced social worker/practitioner or an existing manager who wishes to extend their knowledge and experience within the team.

The priorities for the manager will be to deliver a quality service through supervision and support of the team and by managing the local office budgets. Regular supervision is provided by the Fieldwork Manager and full support will be offered to the post holder by the Children and Justice Services Management Team.

All applicants must be registered with Scottish Social Services Council and hold a Degree in Social Work qualification or equivalent.

Duties will include:

  • To be responsible for the management of staff and projects as determined by the Fieldwork Manager (Children and Justice).
  • To undertake specific functional responsibilities to support the delivery of better integrated children’s services at a locality level as directed by the Fieldwork Manager.
  • To ensure the appropriate allocation of work and maintain effective caseload/workload management.
  • To co-ordinate and manage child protection investigations.
  • To chair reviews of children looked after and accommodated by the local authority.
  • To participate in the settings of identified budgets and to be responsible for management of specifically identified budgets.
  • To participate in any Departmental training programmes as agreed by the Fieldwork Manager (Children and Justice Services).
  • To ensure that the authorities policies and procedures are implemented and followed and advise management of any deficiencies in such policies and procedures.
  • To effectively manage absence.
  • To ensure effective links with relevant agencies and other services of the Council.
  • To monitor and evaluate practice and contribute to the development of locality planning and service development.
  • Any other duties as the Head of Services may from time to time determine as being necessary and appropriate.



Fixed Term Vacancy

Additional information for Internal Applicants – As this is a Fixed Term position, prior to making your application, please discuss your potential application with your current Line Manager.  In the event that you are being considered for this post, your release to undertake this internal fixed term opportunity would need to be agreed in advance and managed by the service/s or resource/s.

Foreign Police Check

Candidates should be able to detail any gaps in employment and provide a foreign police check where applicable for any periods living or working abroad.

Legislative Information

This post is excepted in terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 2003.

Regulated Work with Vulnerable Children and Protected Adults

This post is considered Regulated Work with Vulnerable Children and Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007.  Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children or protected adults. 

Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check, prior to a formal offer of employment being made by South Lanarkshire Council.

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The Individual

As an employee of the Council, you would also receive a wide range of benefits including:

  • Enrolment in award winning local government pension scheme
  • Up to 32 days annual leave which will be calculated into hours on commencement of the role.
  • Public holiday entitlement (up to 10 days)
  • Occupational sick pay
  • Family friendly policies - flexible working and leave, maternity/paternity leave, enhanced leave
  • Employee Discounts – including discounts at the cinema
  • Range of benefits to support you (Cycle to Work Scheme, Physiotherapy, Employee Assistance Program which offers practical and emotional support)

Please apply online.

All correspondence will be via your email address registered with myjobscotland.

Equal Opportunities and Armed Forces Community Covenant

South Lanarkshire Council are Equal Opportunities employer and encourage applications from all members of the community.   As a user of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum behaviour requirements for the position.

South Lanarkshire Council is committed to providing support to members of the armed forces, veterans and their families which is set out in the Armed Forces Community Covenant.  Veterans are guaranteed an interview who meet the minimum requirements for the position.


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