Wirral is home to vibrant, energetic and engaged communities, people who take real ownership of their local area and are passionate about making Wirral a better place. The council and its partners have pledged to #BeTheDifference.
We’ve got ambitious targets to meet by 2025. To achieve everything we have promised to our residents, we need people who are driven and ready to deliver the very best for our communities - #BeTheDifference.
About the role: You will be responsible for ensuring that the Authority fulfills its obligations for managing allegations against staff and volunteers working with children in any setting within the Wirral area and is compliant with legislation and local procedures.
Some keys Tasks include:
* Act as the lead for all allegations against professionals who work with children, to chair meetings as required and provide management and scrutiny of all cases to closure. Attend and advise at all relevant strategy meetings.
* Ensure all organisations understand and discharge their statutory responsibilities in regard to the reporting and managing of allegations, including understanding the role of the Local Authority Designated Officer for Allegations (LADO) and provide critical review, evaluation and approval to safeguarding investigations on behalf of Children's Services.
As the LADO for Wirral, you will:
- Advise Wirral Safeguarding Children's Partnership (WSCP) members, Local Authority Strategic Managers and Senior Managers within the wider children's workforce on policy issues and make recommendations for decision making relating to statutory duties regarding the oversight and management of allegations.
- Establish positive relationships with key partners and provide expert consultations including strategic and operational advice regarding the implementation of local and national policies. Ensuring responses to allegations are dealt with fairly, consistently and expeditiously across all service areas, working positively and effectively in partnership with all stakeholders and partner agencies.
- Prepare performance reports for the WSCP and present to Senior Management Team, local authority Children's Services and elected members.
- Act as the lead Local Authority Designated Officer in all matters related to establishing, reviewing and further developing the structures and processes in relation to allegations made against adults that work with children.
- Contribute to embedding safe practice into performance, behaviour and culture within the Authority including development and delivery of annual training programme for WSCP and local authority regarding the management of allegations, safer recruitment, Supporting Families Enhancing Futures (SFEF) and Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead Training.
- Advise relevant senior managers on policy and operational matters related to allegations against staff.
- Maintain regular communication with the Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) to ensure that all safeguarding concerns and potential allegations are correctly identified and progressed through the Managing Allegations procedures.
EXPERIENCE, QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
' Qualified to degree standard.
' Social work qualification or equivalent for current LADO postholders.
Knowledge & Skills:
' Excellent knowledge of child protection and safeguarding legislation, guidance and procedures.
' Knowledge about the roles and responsibilities of key partner agencies in the context of managing allegations against adults who work with children and young people.
' Excellent knowledge around HR / employment issues in this context.
' An ability and confidence to liaise with and, where necessary, to challenge Senior Managers from partner agencies, constructively, objectively and in accordance with relevant policies and procedures.
' Ability to provide clear advice, information and guidance, and to record this appropriately.
' Excellent knowledge around care and control and the use of reasonable force.
' Ability to motivate and influence professionals from different organisations.
' Ability to analyse complex information and produce timely and accurate reports.
' Ability to confidently brief senior council officers and elected members.
' Excellent and well developed interpersonal, verbal communication, numeracy, ICT (including use of Liquid Logic) and presentation skills.
' Commitment to anti-discriminatory practice and equal opportunities.
' Proven experience as a LADO or demonstrable commitment to children's safeguarding.
' Experience of collaborative multi-agency working including chairing complex multi-agency meetings.
' Experience of undertaking investigation work or managing allegations.
' Experience of producing accurate, concise and timely reports for Senior Managers and other organisations, both quantitative and qualitative, verbally and in writing.
' Experience of risk assessment and risk management in child protection cases.
' Experience of offering advice to other professionals in complex child protection cases.
' Experience of supporting service development.
' Experience of developing and delivering multi-agency training materials on safeguarding / child protection.
Above all you will be looking to improve the way we engage with our employees/ residents/ customers to ensure they are at the heart of everything we do.
For more information please contact Sharon Griffiths by email firstname.lastname@example.org
This position will initially, in line with current government guidance be based from home. In future, the Council will be moving to a hybrid of working arrangements for many of our roles with a combination of homeworking, office and site working as required.
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The successful applicant must have the ability to converse with members of the public and provide advice in accurate, spoken English
This post is subject to Enhanced Level DBS check.
Please note that in accordance with the Council’s policy, employees who are in a formal redeployment situation will be considered in the first instance for all vacancies.
It is Council policy not to re-appoint any employee who has left under the terms of the Council’s Early Voluntary Retirement (EVR) scheme or who have left with a voluntary severance (VS) package, unless in exceptional circumstances
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