Service Manager, Islington Safeguarding & Family Support
To join an inspirational senior leadership team driving whole systems change to improve the lives of children and families in Islington.
We have high aspirations for children within Islington children’s services and want to secure the best possible outcomes for all of them. Since 2015, we have been piloting a practice model grounded in Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Informed Practice – to work more purposefully and collaboratively with our service users, helping them achieve and sustain change.
Islington’s recently published Ofsted inspections confirms our status and rates our leadership as ‘outstanding’ and our overall practice as ‘good.’ For our Ofsted reports please go to:
Islington is also one of a small number of ‘Partners in Practice’ local authorities in the country (for information, visit the DfE Innovations website). This status recognises us as a national leader in practice and leadership, and through it we are funded to support other local authorities to improve their practice systems. As Islington is a Partner in Practice, there will be opportunities to participate in and influence developments in the sector at a national level.
Working closely and collaboratively with partner authorities, Islington plans to release senior leaders to undertake support / consultancy work with partner Local Authorities. We are looking for a dynamic and flexible senior manager, who has experience across a range of statutory and non-statutory children’s services, to backfill / deputise for senior leaders across services who are released from their duties.
Reporting directly to a Head of Service you will need to demonstrate considerable experience as a senior Manager, in a statutory children and families social work setting, to be considered for this post.
You will have excellent relationship and leadership skills; the ability to take up new roles quickly and flexibly whilst maintaining the highest professional standards and practice in order to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of children.
Your practice history will demonstrate clear values in promoting understanding of the child’s experience and the impact of developmental trauma and social adversity, together with knowledge of the evidence base / current research on best practice. You will be professionally curious and creative.
This is a great opportunity to develop motivational and change-management skills across services and take part on whole organisation transformation. Creating an environment which enables excellent practice by setting high standards and motivating others to do the same, you will demonstrate optimistic behaviour and build positive relationships with children and families and other professionals.
You lead by example, showing integrity, creativity, resilience and clarity of purpose and are visible and accessible to all staff, children and families.
You bring a relentless focus on service delivery, which provides timely advice, guidance and planning in relation to the decision making and service / care provision.
The benefits of this post include:
- Excellent opportunities to shape and develop the service
- You will be joining a stable senior leadership team
- Partnering with University of Bedfordshire to evaluate practice through impact (quality of practice delivered) and outcomes (difference it makes to the child and family);
- Good pension scheme and generous holidays, flexible working arrangements, an experienced management team and a great working location near Arsenal in Islington.
Closing date: Monday 1st October 2018 at 23:59
Motivational interview: Friday 12th October 2018
Presentation & Panel interview: Wednesday 17th October 2018
For further information about the role please contact: Christine Gregory, Innovations & Sector Improvement manager Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org