Head of Service – Children’s Social Work Teams

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Up to £77,603 per annum (inclusive of special allowance and market premia) plus relocation allowance up to £8,000
Location: Broadside, Leviathan Way, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4LL
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 31/01/2020 at 23:55 PM
Reference: CH0229LS

Following our Ofsted inspection in July 2019, Medway has taken positive steps on our improvement journey by remodelling and realigning services across Children’s Social Care that enable us to meet our key priorities and ensure we better meet the needs of vulnerable children in Medway.

To manage the transformation a significant investment has been made in the workforce including training and development, with a clear practice framework of ‘Signs of Safety’, career progression and physical working conditions. Target caseloads have been designed to ensure that the service as a whole is resilient and that a sustainable workforce can be achieved, enabling Medway to work towards an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’.

As Head of Service you will have a specific focus on children in need and those in need of protection and their families. You will be part of a permanent senior management team responsible for the delivery of a high quality service that reflects our practice model, core social work values and delivers good outcomes for children and young people.

You will have line management responsibility for Group Managers who are responsible for managing the social work teams. Each team consists of a Team Manager, 6 social workers, one of which will be a Newly Qualified Social Worker and a Family Support Worker. An administrative assistant will also work alongside each team.

As a qualified and registered social worker, with a proven track record of successfully managing frontline statutory children social care services, you will have excellent leadership skills and a proven record of successfully improving and transforming services. Ideally you will also have experience of working with ‘Signs of Safety’ or a similar strengths and relationships based practice framework.

If you would like an informal discussion please contact Jean Imray, Assistant Director Children’s Social Care on 01634 331215.

Closing Date for applications is 31st January 2020.
Interviews will be held on 14th February 2020

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