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Head of Childrens Services

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  • Sector:

    Adult Social Work

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  • Salary:

    Up to £623 per day

  • Contact:

    Tom Francis

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  • Published:

    23 days ago

  • Duration:

    4 Months +

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Akton Resourcing are working with the Local Authorities to fill a contract position for a Head of Childrens Service. This is an ongoing contract position which is paying £623PH Umbrella. If you require a different pay rate please contact us or make it clear on your CV what pay rate you require. This role is full time, 37 hours per week.

Responsible For-

The effective delivery of the core service in relation to children in need, child protection, children looked after, care leavers, permanence and provision, ensuring compliance will statutory and regulatory requirements, Council strategies, safeguarding policies and quality standards.

Job Purpose-

To provide operational management responsibility for the delivery of services in relation to Children in Need, Child Protection, Children in Care services (including adoption, care leavers and regulated Services) ensuring the Council fulfils its statutory duties. Principal responsibilities will also include: -

Providing strategic leadership for Children's Social Care through a collaborative framework with Officers, Members and Stakeholders.

Providing a significant contribution towards the achievement of the vision of the Council.

Supporting the Senior Management Team to develop and deliver Knowsley MBC's corporate policies and objectives to an excellent standard.

Supporting the Senior Management Team in strategically commissioning services from internal and external partners, identifying appropriate patterns of service provision to meet community needs at a high level and shaping these requirements in line with corporate priorities.

Supporting the Senior Management Team in translating strategic leadership into tangible outcomes within Children's Services and across the wider organisation.

Providing the link between front line operational services and staff and the Senior Management team and strategic development.

Promoting a learning culture within operational services.

Reporting on the views and experiences of front line staff to all levels of Management and Members.

Corporate Responsibilities-

  • To support the Council's Senior Management Team working with elected Members and Executive Directors to deliver the Council's vision, priorities and core values.
  • To support the Council's Senior Management Group, to assist the Chief Executive and Executive Directors to realise the Council's objectives, with particular emphasis on Children's Services and linking service provision across KMBC and partner organisations.
  • To carry out specific corporate roles and assignments as allocated by the Executive Directors and Assistant Executive Directors.
  • To support change management and promote clear, effective and transparent communication at all levels, both in and outside of the Council.
  • In collaboration with public, voluntary and private sector partners drive the Council's agenda for excellent customer service.

Childrens Services Responsibilities-

  • To lead and strategically manage the delivery of children's services across all levels of the Children in Need Framework and in accordance with the Council's statutory duties as outlined in legislation and statutory guidance.
  • To maintain operational oversight and leadership across children's social care services.
  • To be accountable for the quality of practice and service delivery in relation to one of the three designated area of responsibilities. This will be in (i) children in need and child protection, (ii), children looked after (including care leavers) and children and adults with disabilities aged 0 -25 years, and (iii) adoption, fostering and residential homes
  • To ensure direct link to and communication with front line staff and service delivery.
  • To encourage learning and development to ensure quality practice across the workforce.
  • To ensure that all staff are sufficiently qualified, skilled and experienced to undertake their duties and responsibilities, and to monitor the workforce on a regular basis.
  • To facilitate and foster a supportive organisation for all staff, encouraging their direct communication and contribution with regards to improving culture, service delivery, service user experience and organisational development.
  • To provide clear vision and goals to staff within the organisation.
  • To facilitate opportunities for staff to communicate directly with the Principal Child and Family Social Worker, embed a culture of listening, learning and communication, linking reality and strategy.
  • To take a lead responsibility for practice in the Local Authority across Child Protection, Looked-after Children and Regulated Services and communicate the views and experiences of front line staff to all levels of management.
  • To support the continuity of service provision by forming part of the senior management out of hours arrangements for Children's Social Care.
  • To support the borough's preventative approach to delivery of children's services by ensuring the correct use of agreed information sharing and assessment frameworks.
  • To promote cross directorate working and innovation.
  • To work closely with colleagues in the Directorate, including commissioners and those in the Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Unit in the commissioning of appropriate services for children and young people.
  • To contribute to an intelligence-led approach to service delivery and agreed performance monitoring and management structures.
  • To promote and implement the Council's Equal Opportunities Policy in all aspects of employment and service delivery.
  • To develop effective working partnerships and relationships with Members, directorates, local, regional and national organisations.
  • To influence decisions relevant to Children's Services at a national level as required.
  • To represent the Council as required in the national, regional and local media ensuring that the reputation of the Council is effectively managed.
  • To ensure all Council Standing Orders and Financial Procedure Rules are upheld, both personally and within the Directorate.
  • To ensure that service users and carers are fully appraised of their rights and responsibilities within the relevant legislation and statutory complaints and representation procedures and that they are involved in the planning and delivery of services.
  • To ensure (in collaboration with others) that continuous improvement, value for money and best value are delivered by all areas of the Council by challenging existing practices, setting targets for improvement and intervening as necessary.
  • To support the Senior Management Team in the development and implementation of strategies, plans, policies, procedures, relevant to the work of Children's Services.
  • To ensure that all legislative, regulatory and national guidance relating to Children's Services is adhered to and reported on as appropriate.
  • To promote the duty to co-operate between organisations in order to improve the quality of life of all residents.
  • To promote Children's Services as a fundamental design aspect of service delivery.
  • To fulfil any other duties as reasonably directed by the Service Director - Transformation and the wider Leadership Team.
  • To deputise in the absence of the Assistant Executive Directors for Children's Social Care

Please note this is not an extensive list of responsibilities. This role also includes health and safety, date protection, information security and ethical conduct responsibilities. For a more detailed job description please contact us.