Required to support the Corporate Director for Children and Young People (Statutory Director of Children’s Services) in providing strategic leadership to the delivery and development of services to children and young people in the council that achieve positive outcomes, working closely with commissioners and key stakeholders.
To have responsibility and accountability for the operational management of safeguarding (specifically the IRO, CP Chairs and LADO services), quality assurance, and improvement services and be responsible for continuous service improvement and delivery of financial and performance targets.
Reporting to the Corporate Director, to provide vision, leadership, direction, and management of the strategic direction of services for children. The post holder will be required to provide strategic advice to the Council, Management Board, and partner agencies on the needs of children. The post holder will also support the Cabinet, Chief Executive and Directorate Leadership Team to achieve the aims and desired outcomes set out in the County Plan, Health and Wellbeing Strategy, and Improvement Plan.
As a member of the Directorate Leadership Team, you will be expected to lead by example, role modelling our values and working collaboratively and cohesively to deliver effective services. Leading with value-based behaviours, you will create a workforce who are committed to our organisational values and cultural aspirations.
The post holder will be fully responsible and accountable for all areas within their remit and empowered to make decisions in relation to the outcomes they are working to achieve.
Responsible for leading improved outcomes in Children’s Social Care by raising Standards, Quality and Performance with specific responsibility to:
- Provide effective professional leadership, exercising overall responsibility for the management and performance of relevant Heads of Service, including supervision of professional standards and competence, management of individual performance and development and improvements to service delivery and practice.
- Ensure that continuous improvement is supported by an effective quality assurance framework that supports professional curiosity, appreciative enquiry, and a culture of learning.
- Provide a range of accurate and timely quality assurance, performance, and management information to support timely and effective decision-making across the directorate.
- Keep children and young people, families and parents at the center of everything that you do and ensure that children and young people are involved in the development and delivery of local services.
- Lead the cultural, workforce and other changes to secure the transformation of children’s services by creating the conditions for others to perform and innovate. Robustly challenge ineffective working practices and poor performance.
- Develop and embed a performance culture that delivers results in terms of better outcomes for local people through rigorous open challenge, personal accountability, disciplined execution, and continual improvement.
- Ensure that effective risk management arrangements are in place to maximise the ability to identify and take up opportunity, and to minimise the Council’s exposure to risk and uncertainty, whilst encouraging creative thinking and innovative practice.
- Through the Principal Social Worker and the Academy, ensure that our workforce have access to excellent learning and development activities.
- Through the Business Unit, ensure that effective support is provided to the Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSCP).
- Maintain robust budgetary monitoring controls ensuring effective budgetary management is exercised by Heads of Service and that all resources are managed efficiently and effectively within finite resources.
- Ensure the existence of a common system of planning, monitoring, evaluation, and review for the service, complementary to the rest of the Council and consistent with statutory requirements.
- Maintain an oversight of and play a key role in shaping the market for high quality children’s social care and early help services by building and maintaining effective relationships with key partners, service providers and stakeholders; managing risks to the local market and ensuring contingencies are in place.
- Maximise the availability of external partnership funding and resources to enhance service delivery.
- Cultivate and maintain productive relationships with Public Health, CCGs, NHS, police, and education more generally to identify and capitalise upon opportunities for promoting quality of life, independence and enablement of children and families.
- To work proactively with Senior Officers and Elected Members and support the work of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee to promote and champion improved outcomes for children and young people.
- To visibly promote and demonstrate a strong commitment to equality in all areas of the service and wider business.
- To deputise for the Corporate Director as required.
Key Skills & Experience:
- An experienced senior manager with a track record of delivering top quality public services and continuous improvement.
- A background of successfully leading multiple business units and meeting the needs of customers across diverse localities.
- The ability to translate corporate strategy into service delivery by generating clarity for others through exceptional leadership, organisational development and change management expertise.
- Demonstrable achievement of value for money for customers with a strong focus on maximising a return from available resources.
- A leader who engages and enables others to deliver their best.
- Knowledge of commissioning-based service models and their application in a public service context.
- Ability to build partnership relationships and influence government policy.
- A comprehensive professional/developmental track record, including relevant advanced theoretical and practical knowledge acquired through qualification to Qualifications and Curriculum Framework Level 8 for specialist knowledge and Level 7 for managerial knowledge or equivalent experience for both.