Team: Children’s Services – Fostering
Job Family: Enabling CBG13
Hours: 37 hours per week
Salary: £42,789 – £46,542 per annum plus MRS £4,600
Base Location: Priory House, Chicksands
Contract Type: 1 years secondment opportunity
Closing Date: 28th October 2019
Interview Date: W/C 4th November 2019
More about the role:
In the Fostering Service we put our children first in everything we do. We work to safeguard and protect vulnerable children. We play a part in creating better communities in which to live and work. This collective responsibility inspires pride in our work and a culture that values new ideas. We’re striving to be excellent corporate parents to children in care and care leavers and your passion, enthusiasm and expertise will shine through as you will manage one of the fostering teams.
The Fostering Service is looking for an experienced individual who has knowledge and experience of fostering who will be able to manage a team of social workers in line with statutory requirements and standards helping to recruit and retain sufficient numbers of carers to meet the needs of looked after children whilst ensuring our foster carers feel valued and have the appropriate skills/training to do the job we are asking them to do.
You will have experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment. You will have significant experience in working in statutory services, safeguarding services and regulated services. You will need to be confident and competent at making decisions to safeguard and protect children;
- You will be able to take a key role in planning, developing and improving services; You will be empathetic and sensitive to the needs of those reporting to you
- You will know how to measure and monitor practice and performance to ensure individuals and the service as a whole operates to a consistently good standard; You will be diplomatic, fair and robust enough to deal with complaints and challenges
- You will be an influential negotiator when dealing with potential and actual conflict; You will have excellent communication skills and be able to convey complex messages in a straightforward way, both verbally and in writing
- You will not be afraid to think creatively to solve problems
You will lead and develop a team of social workers and other staff delivering statutory services and retain accountability for the management of cases, budgets and performance so that the best outcomes for children are achieved. You will undertake professional supervision of staff to ensure effective decision making on cases and professional development through reflective practice. You will play a key role in developing and maintaining relationships with other teams/partner agencies and ensure that social workers are being effective partner to these.
The position holder will report directly to the Practice Manager and will be making day to day safeguarding decisions, HR actions and any other tasks as required. As part of this role you will have regular and “at point of need” supervision and support from both the Practice Manager and Head of Service. You will work with a dynamic and motivated management team who are passionate about our children being the best versions of themselves and about supporting and promoting the professional development of our colleagues. The team is based in Chicksands however, flexible working is supported and encouraged.
To assess your suitability for the role, you must demonstrate how you meet the key outcomes, accountabilities and competencies. To do this, you’ll need to refer the Family Profile, Role Profile and Competency Framework which can be found in the Recruitment Pack: Team Manager Recruitment Pack
For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Annie Craig at Annie.Craig@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or call 0300 300 6728.
For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The recruitment team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding (For DBS posts only):
Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.
Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.
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