Head of Service - Safeguarding and Intervention
up to £84,360
Newham Together – The best place for children and young people.
Children's social care in Newham is putting people at the heart of everything we do. Our improvement journey is well underway and we are looking for a leader of practice to join our Children’s Social Care Senior Leadership Team. We value career development, learning, and training; and our positive organisational change offers an exceptional leader the opportunity to take on a career defining role.
We want to be a centre of excellence for Children’s social care by 2023, and the foundations of the clearly articulated ‘Newham Together’ Practice Framework (based on Co-Production, Curiosity, Compassion, Confidence, Clarity and Community), a Practice Learning Framework, and a Social Care Academy are now in place to help us get there.
If you are committed to changing the lives of children & young people whilst leading from the front and creating genuine positive change then it’s a great time to join us at Newham.
Apply now, and be part of our success.
ABOUT THE JOB
Head of Service for Safeguarding and Intervention is one of four HoS roles in the Children’s Social Care Senior Team, leading social work practice for children in need and children in need of protection, where skilled intervention to ensure safety within families is the key focus.
This role offers an opportunity for an experienced senior social work leader to play a key role in delivering excellent outcomes for children in Newham as part of our overall improvement journey. Newham has a clear vision to provide children with the best outcomes through a practice model of restorative and systemic practice – and this role will be vital in providing this direction for several services. A team of systemic practitioners led by the Director of Clinical Practice will support the application of systemic practice within all our services.
The Safeguarding and Intervention service provides a wide range of long-term support to families, working with children subject to child in need and child protection plans, Care Proceedings and working with complex cases involving children in care. The role has Service Manager direct reports managing teams and the Care Proceedings Manager role. It is a role where engaging with multi agency partners is key to successful outcomes for children. The position reports to the Director of Operations; Children’s Social Care and Safeguarding.
For a full list of duties and responsibilities please refer to the job description.
‘People at the heart of everything we do’
We are looking for a talented individual with the energy and enthusiasm to be part of a permanent leadership team that together will deliver innovative services to Newham’s children and their families.
The successful candidate will have significant experience leading safeguarding services in areas similar to the profile of Newham. You will need to work collaboratively with the community, across all areas of the service and with all stakeholders. You will need to be committed to a restorative, systemic approach to practice and experienced in developing creative relationship based social work. We are looking for an exceptional candidate who is seeking a long term position in an authority determined to deliver sustained improvement. For the right person, this will be a career defining role.
Our culture is one of high support to enable high challenge within a restorative context, we are looking for leaders who already demonstrate these values and push to achieve and sustain the highest levels of practice.
You will be confident in the monitoring data and overseeing quality assurance of practice. You will be excited by the prospect of an opportunity to own and shape how we support children and young people, and will pass on this excitement and motivation amongst the practitioners and managers that you lead.
For a conversation about these roles please contact Róisín Madden; Director of Operations; firstname.lastname@example.org; 07807 095840 / 0203 373 7206
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We've been working hard to make Newham a great place to practise social work.
We will offer you:
• A competitive salary of up to £84,360.
• Flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to work from home.
• Smarter Working with new modern technology.
• New Social Work Academy.
• 'Newham Together' - a positive, nurturing and collaborative work environment built on trust.
• Systemic and Restorative practice will be encouraged to flourish.
• Oyster card/parking permit for business use.
• Excellent transport links to the rest of the capital.
• Permanent and stable senior leadership with a consistent vision.
• Well-being service, leisure and discount benefits (Council scheme).
• Travel season ticket loan, cycle scheme, Local Authority pension.
• We will be a ‘social work centre of excellence’ by 2023.
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Roisin Madden, Director of Operations Children’s Social Care and Safeguarding: email@example.com. 07807 095840 / 0203 373 7206
Please submit a CV and provide a supporting statement in the additional information section after clicking apply. The supporting statement should demonstrate how you meet the relevant requirements listed in the person specification.
Shortlisting decisions will be based on candidates' relevant experience and on candidates' suitability for the role in line with the person specification, as described in their supporting statement.
Closing date: 06/12/2020 at 23:59
Young Person’s Panel Interview (Zoom): 15/12/2020 PM
Interview and Assessment day: 16/12/2020 at Newham Dockside
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend a socially distanced Assessment Day at Newham Dockside on the 16th December 2020 (candidates will need to be available for the full day). There will also be a Young People’s Panel interview on the afternoon of the 15th November 2020, which will be facilitated using Zoom. Candidates will need to be available on these dates.
The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.
The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
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