An exciting opportunity to be part of the new Health, SEN and Disability Care Brokerage Team as a Senior Broker. You will be working with the Team Manager and Brokerage Resource Officers to manage a duty service, identifying services for children with SEN and disabilities and adults with learning disabilities.
Interview date: 1 October
For an informal discussion, please contact: Georgina Clarke-Green, Assistant Director, Health, SEN & Disability, Georgina.Clarke-Green@brighton-hove.gov.uk, mobile: 07827880742
About the role
You will ensure that services delivered to children and young people with SEN and disabilities and adults with learning disabilities are person-centred, outcome focussed, inclusive, offer value for money and promote a sustainable and diverse market.
You will hold a professional qualification in social work with children or adults and a minimum of two years post qualifying experience and evidence of continued professional development and be registered with Social Work England (formerly HCPC).
This will be achieved by;
- Being a senior post-holder in a commissioning and brokerage service that sources in-house and independent agency placements for Health, Special Education Needs and Disability following the principles of best value.
- To identify appropriate placements and services for those who are supported by the Learning Disability Lifetime Pathway using in-house and independent providers of residential, foster care, accommodation and support services, schools, colleges and adult education.
- To hold a caseload of service providers where there is significant spend and/or activity and monitor them to ensure that desired outcomes are being achieved and to ensure compliance and performance in line with the contracts.
- Take a lead in supporting providers to provide effective and good quality services that promote and adhere to effective care and protection in line with the statutory guidance and minimum standards.
- To provide support and advice to local authority colleagues, particularly referring fieldwork teams in relation to best use of resources and to critically appraise the requests from referring workers.
- To be represented on a multidisciplinary panel providing expert advice on care options for individuals referred, clarifying the person’s needs and expectations and eligibility criteria under the Care Act / Children Act.
- To increase the number of in-house foster carers for children with disabilities an complex need via undertaking BAAF Form F assessments and/or providing supervision to an independent assessor.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency's Points-based Immigration System.
From 6 April 2011 the Home Office has placed a permanent restriction on the number of migrant workers that all Tier 2 (General) Sponsors can recruit. Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.
As part of Brighton & Hove City Council's ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process, without prior notice if a suitable redeployee (internal employee at risk of redundancy) is identified.