Head of Service – Child Placements (Fostering, Adoption, No Wrong Door & Housing Pathway)
We are looking for an innovative and dynamic leader who is passionate about delivering a 21st century child placement service with a relentless focus on keeping North Yorkshire Children in our area. You will provide strategic leadership and direction across our in house award winning, Fostering, No Wrong Door and Adoption service, whilst also providing direction to out Strengthening Families Protecting Children’s Team (SFPC). The work of the SFPC team is fast paced and works with several other national Local Authorities and works closely with key national leaders in government departments, putting you firmly at the centre of exciting innovative developments.
You will have many opportunities to develop your skills and raise your national profile as a key leader in a highly successful service which delivers some of the best performance in the country. You will play a key role within the senior management team bringing robust support and challenge to all areas of the social care system on our relentless journey of continuous improvement and innovation. We expect nothing short of the best for our children and their families, with all services working to a strengths based approach. We believe passionately in building support and safety using community and family to ensure all children have support well in to their late adult life.
‘Keeping children close’ is not just a priority in a strategic plan it is engrained deep in to the DNA of our services. Ensuring young people get the quality of service we expect, we invest in delivering exceptional provider services and rarely need to commission an external arrangement for our children. To achieve this we invest in YOU!, we provide world class training at the forefront of today’s best social care work. We provide you with the authorising environment to develop and innovate, to test and explore new concepts and approaches and to have the autonomy to be creative.
We are looking for someone who isn’t interested in just settling for second best, but someone who believes passionately in making sure every single child gets the service they deserve, nothing less than what you would expect for your own child. You will be an accomplished leader who can be visionary whilst have the ability to take people with you including partners in other organisations. You will be resilient and confident in dealing with risk and uncertainty whilst being able to keep others around you calm and focussed, even in the most challenging moments.
You will have a good understanding of the legislative context of safeguarding, Looked After Children (including residential care) and Adoption to ensure all services remain compliant whilst being ambitious to innovate. However, you will also have a great team to work with you on these issues.
The basic salary for this role (dependent on experience) is £59,526 - £67,815 however, the salary with the temporary enhancement is circa £71,000 taking into account a two scale point honoraria for external work including Partners in Practice. This will be subject to review in two years.
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For an informal discussion, please contact Martin Kelly, Assistant Director - Children and Young People's Service, on 01609 536425 / 07568 132 999 or email Martin.Kelly@northyorks.gov.uk
Closing date: Thursday 18th March 2021
- Interviews: Friday 26th March 2021
Enhanced Level DBS Disclosure is required for appointment to this post.
NYCC are committed to directly recruiting staff and will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers in respect of our vacancies.
We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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