Job Description

Purpose

Ensuring the effective provision of high quality social care services, working under the Family Safeguarding Model, for children and young people within the policy guidelines and planning framework agreed by the Council. Develop, lead and manage these services.

Lead partnership activities in the field of Children’s Social Care.

Demonstrate, role model and facilitate the development of staff in the service in relation to the Council’s values and behaviours.

 Providing advice and support to the Executive Director and Members on issues within the responsibility of this role.

Key responsibilities/accountabilities and core behaviours
  • Contribute, as the Council’s prime adviser on Children’s Social Care, on the initiation, development, implementation and monitoring of strategies, policies and programmes relating to those services; to advise the Executive Director and Members accordingly.
  • To lead on the development, implementation and evaluation of key projects agreed by the Executive Director.
  • Set management objectives and allocate resources for the Children’s Social Care Department ensuring that annual Service Plan objectives are met on time and within budget.
  • Contribute to the Departmental Management Team to co-ordinate the leadership of services to secure a customer-oriented and integrated approach to service delivery.
  • Develop the people, structures and management systems to facilitate effective service provision.
  • Establish and maintain effective relations with other departments and external partners to achieve all relevant aspects of work in the Children’s Social Care Department.
  • The Assistant Director: Children’s Social Care Operations will:
    • Lead the development and maintenance of effective management in the Children’s Social Care Department;
    • keep abreast of major plans and service issues across the full range of the service area under their management;
    • pursue corporate policy and strategic objectives through departmental management;
    • act as “champion” of any corporate initiatives assigned as a personal responsibility;
    • represent the Council in public, when appropriate.
  • To commission directly, through joint arrangements or through children’s trust arrangements social care services to children, young people and families in the Borough ensuring value for money and good outcomes for children and young people.
  • To manage social care services for children and young people provided by the Council and manage the Family Centre and Larchwood respite centre and deliver services through the Portman Close Centre.
  • To manage fostering and adoption services and support to carers.
  • To be responsible for development of assessment procedures and the delivery of support to children and young people with leaning difficulties and disabilities, including placements made for both the local authority budget and the Schools Budget.
  • To provide policy direction and support for the Local Safeguarding Children Board and ensure that its statutory functions in relation to all children, young people and agencies in the Borough are met.
  • Where appropriate, lead preparations for the inspection of regulated services and other inspections of services
  • To be responsible for the Youth Offending Service (current situation).
Relationships

The post holder is expected to be a positive spokesperson and advocate for the Council and demonstrate clear commitment to the work and ambitions of the organisation.  S/he will be required to establish close and effective working relationships with the Chief Executive, Executive Directors, other Directors, Executive Members, other Members of the Council as well as other key stakeholders including customers, contractors and outside regulatory bodies.

It should be noted that the above list of key accountabilities is not a complete statement of the final duties of the post.  It is intended to give an overall view of the position and should be taken as guidance only.

Scale and Scope of Role including budget responsibilities and staff numbers
  • Accountable to Director of People
  • Staff: 123
  • Budgets: £13.2 million
  • Other relevant resources: Family Centre, Larchwood, Binfield Road YOS Centre (current situation)
Person Profile
  • Demonstrate and role model the Council’s values and behaviours.
  • Able to understand and lead change and transformation in a large complex organisation.
  • A strong commitment to improving outcomes for children and young people.
  • Be outcome focused and have a proven track record of achievements in the field of Transformation and Organisational Development.
  • Relevant professional qualifications in social work.
  • Evidence of commitment to continuous personal development.
  • Significant experience of senior leadership in children’s social care
  • Able to coach and develop senior managers and professionals, set clear and ambitious performance targets and monitor progress across a range of professional disciplines.
  • Substantial experience of planning, developing and effectively delivering strategic policies within children’s social care.
  • Detailed knowledge of legislation and statutory requirements that underpin safe and excellent delivery of children’s social care
  • Able to analyse changing situations and information and make effective decisions.
  • Able to operate with political sensitivity and maintain effective relationships with elected members, external bodies, external providers and partner organisations
  • A track record of developing a vision of high quality, effective and improving services.
  • Able to analyse complex information, be agile and react to changing situations quickly and facilitate solutions for the organisation.
  • The ability to deal with controversial and sensitive issues.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the requirements of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.