Service Manager Safeguarding & Review
Dudley is focussed, ambitious and creative
Dudley is an ambitious local authority and a great place to develop your career.
We recognise the importance of investing in our workforce and are committed to giving you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills through our learning and development offer provided by our innovative and highly valued Centre for Professional Practice (www.dudleycpp.org.uk).
In Dudley we are passionate about the wellbeing of our children, young people and families. Our vision is that Dudley borough is a place where children and young people thrive. Where each child gets a good start in life, where families are supported to be independent, responsible and successful and where the most vulnerable children are protected.
We have developed a career pathway for all staff. Our successful programme supports not only newly qualified social workers but also invests in continuing professional development including through our membership of Research in Practice and our bespoke and enhanced training programme for all.
This offer is proving to be a progressive and exciting path for professionals that is swiftly seeing performance improvements and innovations that are making big differences to our children, young people and families.
Our transformed children’s services put children’s needs at the very heart of all that we do and we are looking for passionate, dedicated and determined individuals to join new teams and help us deliver better outcomes for the children and families we serve.
Our reshaped council and reshaped service offers a great opportunity for you to influence and develop as we accelerate the pace of change. We want the best people to travel with us and to reap the rewards along the way.
We have made significant progress since being judged inadequate in 2016. Our six Ofsted improvements visits have consistently reported positive progress with this service area showing significant improvement.
Jointly managing a team of 14 IRO’s/Conference Chairs one post holder with have lead portfolio for Children Looked After and one for Safeguarding but the post holders will be supportive of each other and interchangeable.
However we believe the service has a lot more to offer particularly around helping Dudley achieve the right balance, the right profile and outcomes for its most vulnerable children and young people. There will be a particular emphasis on avoiding delay, quality assurance and escalation where appropriate.
The team are already starting to make a contribution to the wider strategic developments of the directorate and the corporate agenda and we wish that to develop further. There is already a strong team ethos within the unit which is located on the same site as the MASH/Referral and Assessment and care management and the Court team. Our Centre for Professional Practice is widely recognised as excellent and staff development opportunities are second to none.
For an informal discussion please contact Howard Woolfenden, Head of Safeguarding & Review on 01384 816919.
NB We reserve the right to close vacancies prior to the advertised date if a large number of applications are received.
Online application forms will only be accepted for this vacancy, online facilities for jobs are available at public libraries within the Dudley Borough.
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For further information please see the attached link: www.childrenservicesjobs-dudley.org.uk
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