Hours of work: 37 Hours Per Week
Working pattern: Full-time
Closing date: Sunday 14 March 2021
For an informal discussion, please contact Adrian Sewell - Operations Manager on 01323 463121
About the role
When it comes to Children’s Services we have an enviable reputation. Our Children’s Services are rated as the highest performing Authority in the South East and an achievement like that means that children all across East Sussex are really benefiting. Our Fostering Service is no exception to this having proportionally significantly more children placed with in-house foster carers than the national average. This is achieved by having an excellent integrated support services for our looked after children and foster carers.
We are currently seeking to appoint a Practice Manager who will be part of a management team whose responsibilities include the running of a placement support service, an extensive supported lodgings provision, a specialist placement scheme, a placement finding service (in house and external), a recruitment and retention team and the oversight of supervision and support of nearly 300 in house fostering households.
The successful applicant will be capable of acting within and negotiating all areas of responsibility allocated to the management team. Although they will have primary responsibility for one element of the service, it would be expected that they can cover and support other parts of the Fostering Service as and when required.
ESCC’s Fostering service has consistently delivered an innovative and forward-thinking initiatives underpinned by national policy. The successful candidate will also have strong multi-agency working skills, some experience of the supervision of staff, be a confident motivator, negotiator and hold a professional social work qualification.
Most of all we are looking for a candidate who can take advantage of East Sussex’s culture of taking services to the next level to achieve the best outcomes for its young people.
This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to http://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.
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.
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.
East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.