Nineteen Recruitment are a multi-award winning, independent agency that specialise in the recruitment of staff for our clients within the Education, Social Care and Public Sectors.
We are delighted to be working with a local authority, recruiting on their behalf for a Children's Services Manager on a 6-9 month contract.
We are looking for a service manager with experience of children’s social care, quality assurance, service improvement & change management.
There are 10 children’s homes within County Durham and there are two team managers who report into the service manager. Ideally, candidates will have experience of looked after children.
The pay rate is £45 - £49 per hour however there may be flexibility in this for the right candidate.
This role does not necessarily require someone with a social work degree. Those with an NVQ Level 5 in management and with a registered managers award is also ideal. Candidates must have experience of children’s social care and preferably have managed children’s homes previously.
Purpose of the Role
The purpose of the post is to support work to improve the standard of practice across Children’s Residential Services, as part of the improvement programme and in line with the Children’s Home Regulations and Quality Standards. The post holder will focus on improving quality across the service through use of a range of quality assurance processes, including audit, review and service development and improvement projects working directly with the registered managers and their teams.
The post will work with managers and practitioners across the service to provide support and
assistance to them in the development of outstanding Children’s Homes which ensure our quality of care, safeguarding and leadership and management supports all of our children and young people to achieve their aspirations.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Ensuring children and young people are safeguarded, well cared for, achieving outcomes and where their views and wishes are listened to.
Direct line management of the Team Managers and oversight of the wider residential team.
Act as a link between the Service and Ofsted during and between Inspections.
Take a lead role in ensuring legislation and guidance is adhered to, providing advice and
oversight as required.
Lead the implementation of the audit programme across the residential homes. This will
include, but not be exclusive to Regulation 44 and Regulation 45.
Develop systems and tools which support the quality improvement requirements and priorities of the service in line with the regulations and quality standards.
Based on improvement themes that emerge from audit activity, work with team managers,
registered managers and their teams to improve aspects of practice that will assist them in
delivering an outstanding residential offer.
Lead on the development of policies and guidance that will support the delivery of high-quality practice standards and processes which ensure high quality practice standards and records.
Work closely with colleagues to ensure Children’s Homes have a robust and modern approach to induction, management development and continued professional development.
Gather and analyse the feedback from our children and young people, their families and
champions to understand how we are doing and what else we could achieve.
Lead on the development of plans for service and practice improvement both within individual homes and across the residential service.
Support registered managers in their preparation for Inspection.
Play a key role in sharing information on the progress of the service through data and
Use researching and learning from best practice regionally and nationally to inform practice standards.
Work in accordance with DCC Human Resources policies and procedures including
supervision, appraisal, sickness management, health and safety and safe recruitment.
Manage a designated budget and ensuring that all available resources are co-ordinated and managed achieving value for money in all circumstances through the monitoring and control of expenditure.
Management qualification at level 5 OR equivalent
Working within a children’s residential care setting or similar social work /social care setting
Experience of quality assurance and service improvement work
Experience of child protection and safeguarding
Experience of change management
Partnership working relevant to children’s services
Experience of inspection and regulatory practice
Exceptional knowledge and practice experience which directly relates to children’s residential care and the inspection framework
Knowledge of quality assurance techniques and service improvement
Knowledge of legislation, regulatory standards and research relevant to children’s residential care and social work practice with children and families
Ability to shape and lead on the policy and evidence standards within a residential care setting
Ability to assimilate and analyse information and make informed decisions which manage risk
Skills in developing effective partnerships with staff from Children’s Services, other agencies and stakeholders
Excellent and creative communication skills – verbal and written
Ability to work to own initiative, to organise workload, prioritise, achieve deadlines and work under pressure
Knowledge of children’s rights legislation including UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Ability to promote children, young people’s and their families/carers participation.
Ability to work as part of a team and to lead teams
Excellent interpersonal skills and good negotiation skills
Commitment to working in a non-judgemental way where children and young people are at the centre of the work we do
Work well under pressure
Enthusiasm for the provision of high-quality social work services to children, young people and their families/carers
Practice in an anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive manner
Has a good balance between getting things done and attention to detail
Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends if required
Hold a current driving licence and have access to a car or access to a means of mobility support. (If driving must have current valid driving licence and appropriate insurance)
In order to be proposed for this role, you will be required to register with our agency and provide certain documentation and information to ensure compliance, such as proof of right to work in the UK, proof of address, national insurance number, references covering the last two years at least and other information that will be discussed with you during application.
Advantages of working via Nineteen Recruitment include:
- Weekly pay paid via a PAYE equivalent model (at no cost to worker)
- Excellent level of support from the agency whilst you're in role
- A point of contact between the worker and the client/place of work Offers the ultimate in flexible working
Nineteen Recruitment is committed to equal opportunities and as such no applicant or worker will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, race or employment status.
Reference ID: DURCSM01
Contract length: 9 months
Job Types: Full-time, Contract
Salary: £45.00-£49.00 per hour