Permanent - 36 hours per week - Monday to Friday – Flexible hours
Location: Newham Dockside E16 2QU
Newham Together – The best place for children and young people.
Children's social care at Newham is on a journey of transformation that will put people at the heart of everything we do and create opportunities for everyone. Our improvement journey is well underway and we are looking for exceptional talent to contribute and make a real difference to the lives of our children and young people. We're big on career development, learning, and training; and our positive organisational change offers a fantastic career development opportunity for leaders of practice.
We want to be a centre of excellence for Children’s social care by 2023, and our commitment to improving life chances for our care leavers through investment and developing practice is key to this. We want to ensure that our care leavers’ ambitions are realised, that they are listened to, and that our practice is always improving with their welfare at heart and in line with their feedback and suggestions.
Apply now, and be the driving force behind a service that transforms young peoples’ lives.
ABOUT THE JOB
Reporting to the Head of Children in Care & Leaving Care, you will be expected to provide strong and visible leadership for our Leaving Care service. You will be passionate about the experiences of children in care and care leavers to drive improved outcomes for young people. You will be an experienced service manager able to evidence the delivery of improving the impact that social care practice has on the lives of children and families. You’ll be responsible for ensuring high standards of corporate parenting with the Local Authority and wider partnership, ensuring co-production provides an outstanding Care Leaver offer for Newham. You will be an inspiring leader who will work constructively and creatively with managers reporting to you and in your engagement with personal advisors responsible for directly working with young people. You will be a confident decision maker and able to instil confidence with young people, staff, colleagues, and partners. You will be committed to Newham’s practice model of a Restorative approach with Systemic Practice across all services.
This is a fantastic opportunity to shape a service and drive improvements including the developing of our Care Leavers Hub ‘The Cove’, providing a legacy of positive pathways for a generation of Newham care leavers. Your work will really make a huge difference in these young people’s lives.
For full operational duties please refer to the job description.
‘People at the heart of everything we do’
We're looking for a resilient experienced Service Manager who is passionate about improving young people’s lives. You are full of energy and enthusiasm, taking a creative but pragmatic approach to developing your service and keeping your teams on track. You already embrace our people focused values and want to be active part of our collective ‘Newham Together’ journey. You want to make a difference.
You have extensive management experience and a track record of delivering successful outcomes for young people who have been in the care system within a diverse urban community. We want you to share our ambition and energy in embracing new ways of working, and expect you to have considerable knowledge of the service area and what is most important to young people leaving care.
You will be able to show strong leadership in a changing and ambiguous environment, with the ability to use data to improve services. You’ll be comfortable overseeing a diverse workforce, and value not just your own learning but also the development of those you manage. The embedding of systemic practice and a restorative approach are both key to our journey and we welcome interest from applicants who have management experience in a systemically practising organisation.
You must have a recognised social work qualification and be registered with Social Work England to apply for this role.
We've been working hard to make Newham a great place to practise social work.
We will offer you:
• A fantastic opportunity to shape a service and create a lasting legacy.
• A competitive salary of up to £70,677pa.
• Flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to work from home.
• Smarter Working with new modern technology.
• New Social Work Academy and training in systemic practice.
• 'Newham Together' - a positive, nurturing and collaborative work environment built on trust.
• Systemic and restorative practice will be helped and encouraged to flourish.
• Oyster card/parking permit for business use.
• Excellent transport links to the rest of the capital.
• Permanent and stable senior leadership with a consistent vision.
• Wellbeing service, leisure and discount benefits (Council scheme).
• We will be a ‘social work centre of excellence’ by 2023.
For an informal discussion about the role please contact Róisín Madden; Director of Operations Children’s Social Care and Safeguarding. Roisin.firstname.lastname@example.org 07807 095840.
Please submit a CV and provide a supporting statement in the additional information section after clicking apply. The supporting statement should demonstrate how you meet the relevant requirements listed in the person specification in the job description.
Closing date: 31/05/2020 at 23:59
Assessment and Interviews: 9th of June
Whilst affected by COVID-19, interviews will be facilitated by video, using Skype or Zoom.
Shortlisting decisions will be based on candidates' relevant experience (of Leaving Care, and at the appropriate career level) and on candidates' suitability for the role in line with the person specification as described in their supporting statement.
The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.
The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
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