“It’s the relationships that make change possible”
In Bexley, our priority is for children to grow up in and remain with their families when it is safe for them to be there. Our commitment to 'signs of safety' means that everyone is learning to strengthen families by identifying naturally connected safety networks, developing clear explanations for children so that they understand what is happening and what must happen for them to be safe and to grow up well. If we are looking after children, we take that responsibility seriously. We work rigorously towards good reunification where this is in children's best interests. We need leaders who are interested in working in this way and who have a serious belief in the difference that high quality social work engagement can make for children, young people, their families and carers.
Building successful and sustainable services for families is a priority for the Council and its partners. We are making good progress, but we want to strengthen our leadership team so that we are able to accelerate the growth and development of our practitioners. We want to become an advanced practice authority, consistently offering families exceptional engagements and real opportunities to remain safely together in communities.
We are reviewing our own delivery needs to improve the integration of universal children's services with our early help offer. We are also consulting on our multi-agency arrangements to offer effective support for families and readying ourselves for the launch of a new strategy for looked after children and care leavers. It is an exciting time for us and we need leaders who are looking to be part of a strong team to come and join us. These roles offer an ideal opportunity for creative leaders to influence how we organise and deliver our vision.
Within the Council there is a highly developed understanding of the complexity and importance of the work we do. This in turn means that there is wholehearted political and organisational support to deliver the best outcomes for children, young people and families.
It’s a chance to build on existing good practice but we’ll also want you to ask questions and to challenge how things are done. The Council has made a significant investment in Children’s Services and that comes with high expectations. You’ll need to bring a distinct focus on high quality professional practice and an emphasis on effective performance management and leadership oversight.
Qualified and HCPC-registered, you’ll have experience of leading and managing children’s social care services that are relevant to this particular service area and role (including high risk and high complexity work), and that deliver high quality performance and good outcomes for children.
If you’re now ready to do the same here and join a team that is excited and committed to its next phase of improvement and practice change, then please call us.
Appointment to this post will be subject to the outcome of an Enhanced Disclosure obtained through the Disclosure and Barring Service
What we offer
• An excellent working environment at our fantastic offices
• Professional supervision
• Opportunities for flexible working with excellent ICT facilities
• Bexley has a flexible and generous package to support you moving to work in Bexley. We will pay up to £8k which you can use as you wish, e.g. to pay a deposit or mortgage, to meet housing costs, fees and other expenses.
• Career progression pathways for training and continuous professional development
• Signs of Safety Training and the opportunity to become an SOS Practice Lead
• Opportunity to engage in our Aspiring Leaders Programme
• Reimbursement of HCPC subscription
• Our Choices Benefits include a lease car or cash options to the value of £2,370 per annum
• Excellent local government pension scheme
• Performance related pay with the opportunity to earn a 5% bonus each year
• MyChoice Staff Benefit Scheme – Includes Childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, access to high street shopping vouchers and online discount codes.
• Annual Leave Purchase Scheme
View more about our employment deal here.
• Closing Date for your application: 28/08/2019
• CVs will only be accepted if submitted with a completed application form.
• Anticipated interview date: week commencing 09/09/2019
This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
This post is considered by the authority to be a customer-facing position; as such it falls within scope of the Code of Practice on English language requirement for public sector workers. The council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the JD/Person Specification. These will be applied during the recruitment/selection and probationary stages