Regional Development Officer (Practice)

£36,153.00 - £39,96.00 per annum
06 Aug 2018
02 Sep 2018
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Regional Practice Development Officer (2 FTE)

The North Midlands Regional Adoption & Permanency Partnership 

Salary: £36,153.00 - £39,96.00 per annum

37 Hours per week – Secondment until July 2020

Staffordshire County Council on behalf of the North Midlands Regional Adoption & Permanency Partnership is seeking two creative, dedicated, forward thinking and experienced Social Workers to join us, as Regional Practice Development Officers, on our journey to creating an outstanding; outcome focused regional permanency arrangement across Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

The North Midlands Regional Adoption & Permanency Partnership is seeking to establish an enhancement of a standard Regional Adoption Agency (RAA) through the development of a regional permanency arrangement which includes Adoption, Fostering, Special Guardianship and Connected Persons. It is our ambition that we will create a permanency system which operates on a regional footprint, maximising resources, capacity and flexibility, leading to improvements in effective practice and long term outcomes for our looked after children. Improving outcomes for our Looked After Children is central to everything we do.

Reporting to the Regional Commissioning & Development Lead, the successful candidates will have a recognised Social Work qualification registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), will have significant practice experience within Permanency, Care Planning, Fostering, Adoption, Connected Persons and Special Guardianship and will have a good working knowledge and understanding of the current legislation and frameworks relevant to Children Social Care and Permanency. The successful candidates will share our ambition to improve outcomes for Looked After Children. 

The idea candidate will also have a good level of experience in delivering development programmes within a Children’s Services setting and will have knowledge of public sector services and practice, experience of change management, and the ability to develop positive relationships with people from a number of different organisations.

The Regional Practice Development Officers will support the development of a Regional Permanency arrangement, through the North Midlands Regional Adoption & Permanency Partnership, and will take a specific lead in relation to practice Development across the partnership.

The successful candidates will be based in Stafford with the Children’s Commissioning Development Team (Staffordshire County Council) but will be required to work across Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. The County Council also operates an agile-working scheme.

Staffordshire County Council (on behalf of our partnership) is offering this post on a secondment until July 2020. Candidates should seek permission of their employing organisation before applying. Only candidates who are able to take up the post through a secondment arrangement will be considered.

Candidates are encouraged to have an informal discussion about this opportunity before applying. Should you also wish to have an informal conversation about this position, please contact Amanda Brass via who will make arrangements for you to speak with Joseph Sullivan, Regional Commissioning & Development Lead Designate.

Closing Date: 2nd September 2018
Interview Date: Thursday 6th September 2018 & Friday 7th September 2018

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Please be aware, only application forms completed online will be accepted. We will not accept CV’s or Word application forms.

This Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This position is subject to a criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) which will require you to disclose details of all unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.

This post is been advertised on behalf of the North Midlands Regional Adoption & Permanency Partnership (Staffordshire, Stoke On Trent, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Councils).

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