Direct Payments Manager
Are you a creative and dynamic individual with experience or a background in managing a Direct Payments service for People with Disabilities? If so, we in Islington would like to hear for you.
The Disabled Children’s Service in Islington supports families with children who have complex Disabilities.
As part of our aim to transform and improve the way we support Children with Disabilities and their families to access Personal Budgets Islington is looking to recruit an enthusiastic and talented Direct Payments Manager to develop a new Direct Payments Team and manage a small team of 5 professionals .The team will work alongside our Disabled Children’s Social Work Team and the Disabled Children’s Family Support and Reviewing Team to ensure that our Children and their families receive an outstanding Personalisation and Direct Payments Service.
You ideally would have experience in managing and developing staff, have effective communication skills, good IT skills, experience of utilising finance database systems, develop policy and implement excellent practice standards across the team.
Islington's Motivational and Relationship Based Practice Model is the cornerstone of good practice across the Children in Need Service. We are seeking to identify a Manager who has the capacity to lead a team and embrace and embed our practice model across the Direct Payments Team. You will need to model an empathetic , collaborative strength based approach to service delivery
The Direct Payments Team will complement and work alongside our new Disabled Children’s Family Support and Reviewing Team and the Disabled Children’s Family Outreach Team, which have been created as part of the Disabled Children’s Transformation programme that has taken place at the Lough Road Disabled Children’s Centre.
In Islington we are passionate about Disabled Children and Young people’s rights, so our aim is to be excellent advocates to ensure that the views, wishes and feelings of Disabled Children and Young People are heard and they are supported to access the right support when they most need it. The Islington Disabled Children’s Service operates as an integrated service alongside with our health partners, Special Educational Needs Service and Short Breaks Services to support Children with Disabilities or Additional needs who receive support through an Educational, Health & Care Plan (EHCP). Islington has its own Equality and Diversity Strategy and Policy, so anti-discriminatory practice is at the heart of everything we do when supporting our Disabled Children and Young People and their families.
'Ofsted recently rated our Islington Disabled Children's Service ‘Outstanding’
‘Oftsed commented that ‘Disabled children and their families receive timely responses that take into account parental support and the child’s needs. Children and their families benefit from a broad range of services delivered by committed social workers and professionals across the partnership. The needs of children in the family who are not disabled are also fully considered. Risks and needs are very well identified and integrated into plans that are informed by regular and purposeful visiting. Assessments and plans identify children’s needs well and clearly show how these needs will be met’.
As an employer and service provider, Islington Council is committed to eliminating discrimination and valuing diversity in all of our activities. We also recognise our community leadership role and will use this opportunity to promote our commitment to equality, diversity, community cohesion and fairness. We will monitor and address unequal outcomes for different equality groups and on the basis of socio-economic status to achieve our vision of fairness for all.
‘Dignity for All’ is the Equality and Diversity Policy for Islington Council. The Charter for Fairness and Equality lays out the agreed commitments between the Council and our partners. These policies provide the framework for embedding equality and diversity in all aspects of our work. The Single Equality Scheme will translate our commitments into practice.
The benefits of these posts include:
Specially designed core Disabled Children’s Service training programme, professional development opportunities, regular reflective supervision, good pension scheme and generous holidays, flexible working arrangements and an experienced management team.
Please ensure you address the person specification fully, referencing how you meet each specification in turn as fully as possible.
Closing date: 12th July 2020
Interview/ Testing date: TBC