Child Protection Conference Chair

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Up to £43,522 - £47,417 per annum
Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 14/02/2020 at 23:55 PM
Reference: CH0243LS

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Child Protection Conference Chair to be part of the Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Service. As a registered social worker you will have a minimum of five years post qualifying experience of working with children, young people and their families, together with post qualifying experience of supporting social workers to improve practice. Ideally you will be Signs of Safety trained.

You will have excellent organisational skills, alongside the capacity to meet demanding targets to ensure best outcomes for children. You will be expected to chair child protection conferences within statutory timescales, facilitating the full participation of parents, children, young people and professionals. You will be responsible for efficient and effective interagency working; constructively challenging actions and interventions that are not delivering the required outcomes for children and young people.

The Child Protection Conference team is critical to driving improvements to bring about positive outcomes in children’s lives. As part of its quality assurance function you will monitor and evaluate the quality of practice for child protection by way of scrutinising child protection plans and challenge practice that does not meet the required local and national standards. You will resolve issues of practice and planning in respect of children subject to child protection procedures with staff and managers.. You will actively contribute to the arrangements for case work, audit, quality assurance and performance management; use influence, knowledge and experience to contribute to the development of social work practice and positive outcomes for children.

If you are interested in being part of our journey to strengthen and improve services for some of Medway’s most vulnerable children then we would like to hear from you.

Medway is at the heart of the Thames Gateway, only 30 miles from central London and has excellent transport links. A modern place, surrounded by award winning rural areas and rich heritage and an abounding cultural offering makes Medway a fantastic place to live and work.

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: -

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London 

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call Mike Denson on 01634 331046.

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

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How to apply

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If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.

All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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