Salary: £64,460 - £69,964
Working Pattern: Full-time
Location: Chichester or Horsham
A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a permanent Head of Conferencing and Reviewing to join West Sussex County Council's Children, Young People and Learning directorate to be both strategic and operational in leading the safeguarding agenda for West Sussex and across the partnership.
The Head of Conferencing and Reviewing will be responsible for leading the Conferencing and Reviewing Service who work across the county of West Sussex with children who are subject to Child Protection plans and with the children that we care for. The team chair conferences and review meetings in a dual Independent Reviewing and Child Protection Officer role, ensuring that all of our children have plans that are outcome focused and are achieving positive impact. This role is key in identifying areas for improvement and striving to ensure outstanding services are provided to vulnerable children and families.
With a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of childcare legislation and current policies, procedures and guidance, as well as a passion and ambition to continuously improve the services provided to children and their families, you will always put Children First. You will be an effective leader and influencer having experienced previous success in changing behaviours for the better by bringing both partners and colleagues with you to develop and continuously improve the service.
This is a unique opportunity for a candidate to operate as part of a supportive and collaborative leadership team to drive improvement and target improved outcomes across West Sussex. You will be forward thinking, have innovative ideas, be able to make bold decisions and demonstrate that you can build effective partnership relationships to effect positive change.
Experience and Skills
- A proven ability to apply a solution focused pragmatic approach to successfully dealing with complex issues and decision-making.
- Listening to, and responding, to the voice of children.
- Comprehensive skills and abilities in staff management, and the ability to lead and influence.
- Able to recognise and respond sensitively to the vulnerability, equality and diversity needs of all whether stakeholders, colleagues, adults and children.
- Ability to use a range of multimedia including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- Relevant social work qualification.
- Post graduate management qualification; or equivalent level of significant experience demonstrating comprehensive application of the above levels of knowledge in a relevant setting.
- Post qualifying qualifications (e.g. leadership/management qualifications).
- Registration with Social Work England.
- Extensive, sophisticated and up to date knowledge of relevant national and local policy, statutory guidance and legislation in relation to safeguarding children and provision of services.
- Exposure to shaping and supporting initiatives in a political environment.
- Previous experience of managing a Quality Assurance Team, Independent Reviewing Officer or Conference Chairs.
- Experience of effectively managing a budget and contributing to decision making on high level spending.
- Professional qualification or equivalent experience, relevant to the delivery of safeguarding children and child protection services.
- Experience of developing policies and procedures.
- Evidence of working in social care, education, health agencies, police or other partners.
- A sound understanding of the role and responsibilities of the safeguarding partnership in commissioning Child Safeguarding Reviews and developing a learning and Improvement framework.
- Evidence of relevant ongoing post qualifying training including a commitment to continuing profession development.
- Knowledge of the challenges that face children and young people today
- In depth understanding of ways to work collaboratively and in co-production with diverse stakeholders.
- Understanding of organisational and cultural change and challenges within the safeguarding arena.
- Experience in recruiting, performance managing, coaching and developing staff.
- Experience of providing leadership within a dynamic and changing environment.
- Quality Assurance - experience of reviewing, analysing and effectively acting on internal and external departmental data and audit outcomes.
- Significant operational and strategic management experience in local authority children's services.
- A proven track record of delivering high quality services to children.
Rewards and Benefits
As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do. In addition to working within an incredibly supportive team, you'll be entitled to 29 days annual leave, a generous Local Government Pension Scheme and a range of training and development opportunities. For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee, please visit our website.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE03386.