Interim LA Designated Officer | London | £450 per day
The Quality Assurance and Review Service is responsible for delivering the independent safeguarding functions including the child protection conference service, the independent reviewing officer service, the local authority designated officer service, education safeguarding advisor, practice learning and principal social worker. This combined role supports team members’ professional development through having the flexibility to move between these roles when capacity allows.
Team members are expected to fulfil and focus on one role at a time. The Local Authority want their services to continue to achieve and they are looking for outstanding Conference Chairs, Independent Reviewing Officers and Local Authority Designated Officers to do this.
Candidates should be enthusiastic, passionate and with the drive to make a positive difference to children’s lives.
The core activities of the Conference Chair, Independent Reviewing Officer or Local Authority Designated Officer are:
• Chair complex multi-agency and multidisciplinary child protection conferences, making decisions about the likelihood of significant harm and ensuring the conference formulates a safe and suitable plan.
• Chair review meetings for looked after children, ensuring there is an effective care plan which fully reflects the child’s needs with actions that are consistent with the local authorities legal responsibilities toward the child.
• Offer professional consultation and advice, chair and coordinate complex meetings, and manage allegations against people who work with children in paid employment or in voluntary work.
Key skills & experience:
• Educated to a degree level with a relevant professional qualification in social work.
• Active Social Work England registration and proven evidence of continuing professional development.
• Experience of management within children’s social care.
• Experience of chairing complex multiagency and multi-professional meetings.
• Experience of building strong partnerships, maintaining relationships and co-producing solutions to challenges across a diverse set of stakeholders, including children, young people and their families. Advocating the voices of those we are working with.
• Experience of constructively challenging casework and resolving issues using effective dispute resolution processes.
• Proven ability to effectively use data, intelligence and evidence to create meaningful insight and to inform own decision making.
• Experience of using quality assurance frameworks and systems to monitor and review the effectiveness of services.
• Experience of keeping and maintaining records (in accordance with local policy) and producing accurate reports, presentations, written updates to a range of stakeholders (which may include families, children or young people).
• Knowledge of relevant theory that informs practice delivery and statutory legislation (for example Children’s Act) and national policy drivers that will affect children’s services.
• A proven track record as a successful strategic leader within the public sector.
• A passion for the mission and values to support children and young people to live safe, happy, healthy and successful lives.
• Strong organisational abilities including time management, creative-thinking, problem-solving and multitasking.
• Able to work flexibly and independently with limited management oversight.
• Personal determination, drive, energy and ambition to overcome obstacles, achieve challenging objectives, celebrate success and deliver excellent outcomes for children. Taking a strength based approach to managing situations.
• Drive and ability to embrace technology and new ways of working.
• Commitment to resource-sharing and collaborative working across organisational boundaries in the best interests of children and families.
• Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills that are open, honest, persuasive and pragmatic, including excellent negotiation and influencing skills.
For more information please forward your CV here, or call us on 020 7760 7562 to arrange to speak to a consultant for an initial chat.
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