It is an exciting time to be joining Islington's Outstanding Safeguarding and Family Support Service. We have successfully embedded our Practice Model, Motivational Practice, and benefit from a highly skilled and stable workforce. There are excellent relationships with partners, and a real focus on continuing to develop our response to Islington’s most vulnerable children and young people throughout our entire workforce. We are recognised nationally as a Partners in Practice lead authority, and an Ofsted inspection in March 2020 found our overall effectiveness to be outstanding. At the heart of our work is skillful relationship-based practice, and providing safe and stable relationships for all our vulnerable children and young people.
“Creative and persistent efforts are made by exceptionally knowledgeable and skilled practitioners in the ‘exploitation and missing’ team and the integrated gangs unit to locate and engage with children who go missing.”
“The identification and understanding of risk for children facing exploitation are sophisticated and impressive.”
As Exploitation and Missing Safeguarding Manager, you will lead a team who are regularly praised for their highly creative and sophisticated work. You will be in a strong position to influence practice across partnerships and to make a genuine difference to the lives of Islington’s most vulnerable young people. You must be passionate about understanding the complex impact of developmental trauma and influencing others across agencies and systems to work in a way that opens opportunities for change and improvement.
“Staff are very positive about the support and opportunities available and speak passionately about the practice model and how it informs their approach and interventions. The social work model is now well embedded and contributes to good and outstanding practice across all services, which is making a significant difference for children and families and is transforming lives.” –Ofsted, March 2020
Our practice model, Motivational Practice, is strongly informed by Motivational Interviewing, which has a very broad evidence based to its approach of building behaviour change through strong relationships. It is further complimented by Trauma Informed Practice (including DDP), which provides a framework for understanding children and young people’s developmental needs, how their experiences are expressed through behaviour, and practitioners skills to engage vulnerable children, young people, families and carers.
You will work alongside a highly skilled and motivated workforce, and a leadership team with ambition to improve the lives of our vulnerable young people and commitment to flexible, creative approaches to helping them. You will influence practice with your specialist knowledge and skills, through reporting, role modelling, and promoting best practice in your team’s areas of expertise.
“Significant investment in children’s services means that social workers have manageable caseloads. Effective planning, access to good-quality training and a strong focus on relationship-based practice have attracted highly skilled and experienced social workers to Islington.” –Ofsted, March 2020
“Social Workers work tirelessly to help children [looked after] to feel safe, to recover from trauma and to achieve.”-Ofsted, March 2020
You will be joining a multi- professional service made up of skilled specialists. You will receive regular reflective supervision and you will join an organisational culture where children and young people are at the heart of everything we do and where senior leads promote opportunities for learning and development of our staff. There is a genuine focus at all levels on understanding children and young people’s lived experiences and engaging, supporting, and assisting them to reach their full potential. The Exploitation and Missing Safeguarding Manager is an exciting and important role within this outstanding organisation.
Closing Date: Sunday 14 June 2020 at 23.59
Interview/Testing: Tuesday 30 June 2020
If you are interested in this post and would like the opportunity to discuss it please contact: Deborah Idris , Tel: 0207 527 7120