Newham is a diverse borough with a young and vibrant population. There are over 86,000 children and young people in the borough and we want each of them to have the same life chances as young people in other parts of London.
Newham Children and Young People’s Services are currently undertaking an exciting transformation programme to create integrated Early Help and Safeguarding services for our children, young people and families.
Our vision is to get it right the first time for all. We are aligning our services to improve accessibility for residents and to strengthen partnerships between statutory, specialist, early help and universal services.
On our journey to embed systemic practice into all our social care services we have structured the service into practice pods. The new structure has smaller social work pods led by Practice Leaders. This smaller span will enable better grip of case management, higher quality supervision and a stronger learning environment.
We are the first London borough to offer a fully integrated 0-19 health and social care service and have in-house Health Visitors and School Nurses.
By choosing to join Newham in a social work role, you will have access to unrivalled learning and development opportunities, retention incentives and quality management and supervision. Dynamic, innovative, committed and passionate, you will bring comprehensive knowledge and skill base to the challenge of working with vulnerable children.
Over the last six years, we’ve driven and benefitted hugely from the Olympic legacy and regeneration, but we’re always ambitious to achieve more for our residents. Newham is a great place to lead and practice social work – join us and be a part of our success!
Head of Service Corporate Parenting
£78,888 pa -- £96,423 pa
Newham Council is proud of its looked after children and care leavers and is determined to enable them to be the best they can be. To achieve this, Newham Children’s Social Care has a vision to deliver seamless, well coordinated and responsive services which are closely aligned with partners, so that children and families receive the help they need swiftly and that as far as possible the need for repeat interventions is minimised and children in our care experience stability, nurture and excellent educational opportunities to become resilient and thriving adults.
The Head of Corporate Parenting will lead a range of directly managed, commissioned and partner-led services and will work closely with the Head of Early Help and Child Protection and Head of Social Work Improvement to ensure that all children in care and care leavers are afforded excellent opportunities and support. These directly managed services include Looked after Children, Leaving Care, Fostering and Adoption and the Virtual school; commissioned and partner-led services include child and adolescent mental services and LAC health.
The Head of Corporate Parenting represents the council at a senior level and leads on all aspects of policy, protocol, governance and service development for looked after children and care leavers. The post is accountable to the Director of Operations for Children’s Social Care and accountable for up to 80 staff with 3 direct senior reports and a budget of £20 million.
• With a proven track record of leading service innovation and performance improvement, you
will set a compelling vision for corporate parenting services in Newham, which will inspire staff,
partners and other stakeholders to deliver excellent outcomes for looked after children and care
• With advanced knowledge and experience of legislation, policy and best practice relevant to
corporate parenting, you will lead on service commissioning plans which reflects strategic
priorities and will deliver best value.
• You will have extensive senior leadership experience in social work and a sound grasp of
performance and budgetary management. Social work registration with the HCPC is an essential
requirement for this post.
If you have a passion for improving outcomes for vulnerable children and want to work in a challenging and rewarding environment we would like to hear from you.
For further information please refer to www.newhamsocialworkerjobs.com
• The opportunity to lead innovation as part of our service transformation programme
• Being part of an ambitious, skilled and supportive senior leadership team
• Excellent training and development opportunities including access to one-to-one coaching and
wider workforce development package to enhance your skills
• Generous annual leave (31 days after 10 days continuous service).
If you would like to have an informal discussion with Adesua Osime, Director of Operations on
020 3373 8405.