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Head of Children in Care

Barnsley Council



£74165 - £81563/annum


Posted: 20/11/2021

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Barnsley Council are seeking a highly ambitious Head of Children in Care to join and lead our Children & Family Social Care service. You will work collaboratively and strategically to deliver outstanding social work services to children, young people and their families. You will be working on a full time, permanent basis (37 hours per week) and in return will receive a competitive salary of £74,165 - £81,563 per annum.

About us:

Creativity, ambition and a focus on people. That’s what matters at Barnsley Council. Our award-winning council is on an exciting journey of change. It’s all about putting local people at the heart of everything, listening to and doing good for our communities. We’re now more innovative, more efficient and provide better value for money. The changes are clear to see - from new businesses and jobs, to improving school results and to museums being recognised for their community engagement.

We’re thrilled to have achieved Investors in People (IIP) Gold status for how we lead, support and develop people. Now we’d like you to be part of our success and help us take change further. Join us on our journey to a brighter future. By working together, with each other and with our communities, we can take pride in improving lives. Let’s make a better Barnsley for everyone.

The Head of Children in Care role:

Your role will be to provide senior strategic and operational leadership across defined areas of the services, taking a lead role in the development and implementation of services and strategies which promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people across the borough. You will be an outstanding individual who understands the value of social work practice and who has substantial experience of delivering first class services to children, young people and their families.

We have 1 children’s home and development of a second is imminent, plus a respite facility for children with complex health and care needs. Both recently rated as good by OFSTED. We have 2 fostering teams, a family time team, and our service manager provides a key link to the Regional Adoption Agency.

Key responsibilities of our Head of Children in Care:

Maintain high performance and driving forward continual improvement in our social work teams.

Provide support to the Service Director and develop operational relationships, shaping the right services and outcomes for them.

Be accountable for professional advice, guidance and instruction to managers and practitioners across work units and localities.

Develop effective strategic and operational relationships with partner agencies, including working across senior and middle management levels

Work as part of an integrated management team, providing effective cover in the planned and unplanned absence of the Service Director/Executive Director.

Skills, qualifications and experience we’re looking for in our Head of Children in Care:

Educated to degree level or equivalent plus registration with Social Work England as a social worker

Relevant experience of working within the statutory, regulatory and inspection regimes of the public sector

A sound understanding of the legislative and policy framework around providing services to children, families and young people, CiN, Child Protection and Children in Care services

An extensive professional knowledge of social work processes and interventions.

Able to demonstrate what it takes to communicate at Head of Service or equivalent level of operational management in a large agency or organisation relevant to the provision of social care services for children, young people, families and adults

Determined to anticipate and plan for future developments and options

Demonstrates a passion for improving outcomes

A lot to look forward to:

Here at Barnsley, we live and work by four important values: honesty, teamwork, excellent service, and taking pride in what we do. As part of our team, you can be sure we’ll do all we can to support you in being truly excellent. You see, we prioritise learning and enabling you to achieve your potential.

Closing date: Friday 10th December 2021

To achieve your ambitions while shaping a bright future for our communities, apply now to become our Head of Children in Care

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