Practice Improvement Manager – Ref: CH27420

Walsall, West Midlands
G11: £41,466 - £46,382 per annum.
29 Mar 2021
12 Apr 2021
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Practice Improvement Manager – Ref: CH27420
G11: £41,466 - £46,382 per annum.

We have recently redesigned our Fostering Service and we have created a new post of Practice Improvement Manager that we are now looking to appoint to.

As the Practice Improvement Manager your role will be to:

  • Act as lead for Performance and Practice Improvement for the Fostering Service
  • Organise, coordinate and embed the learning from Case File Audits, the Performance Scorecard and use this to improve practice both within the Fostering Service and Foster Panel
  • Coordinate and quality assure all Fostering Panel activity
  • When required, act as Panel Advisor (along with other Team Managers)
  • Take responsibility for all of the work associated with effective functioning of Fostering Panel (appraisals, recruitment & training of Panel Members)
  • Act as key link between Fostering Panel and the Fostering Service and, brief the Agency Decision Maker on Fostering Panel matters
  • To monitor and coordinate the completion of timely Annual Reviews of Walsall’s Approved Foster Carers and contribute to both practice and service development.
  • Investigate to and respond to complaints, ensuring any learning informs service development
  • Act as lead for chairing disruption meetings for Look after Children.

You will:

  • Have significant experience of working children’s social work and working directly within a Fostering Team and with Fostering Panels
  • Have good knowledge of the work undertaken by fostering teams and fostering panels
  • Apply your knowledge, skills and abilities to  improve the quality of practice across the service
  • Be a confident decision maker and excellent communicator with the ability to form strong working relationships
  • Demonstrate a commitment to achieving permanence for children
  • Work with the wider management team to identify Foster Carer and staff training needs relating to issues arising from Foster Carer Reviews and to develop and deliver training programmes.
  • Use you analytical skills to interpret data and to produce a range of reports for the Fostering Service.
  • Be a reflective practitioner who is keen to work with and support to social work staff involved in relevant activities within the service, providing case work management and individual support to social work staff and other staff across the service when managers are not available.

In return, we are committed to your ongoing personal and professional development and you will benefit from our management training and leadership opportunities.  You will be welcomed into a management team where we will work together to achieve the best outcomes for children and their families and carers.

We have launched restorative practice as the foundation of our social work approach within the Borough.  Building positive relationships is important not just with the children, young people and their families we work with, but with Foster Carers and also with each other.

You will offer high support and high challenge to your team and colleagues and inspire your team to do their very best for Walsall children.  On a personal level, you will need to be genuine, friendly and driven – and you will share our commitment to supporting the children in our community. 

In Walsall, we have high aspirations for our looked after children and aim to be the best corporate parents that we can be. The newly created post of Practice Improvement Manager is an important addition in making these aspirations a reality.

For further information about Fostering in Walsall, go to:

Walsall Council takes seriously the responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all the children, young people and vulnerable adults entrusted to our care and it is our expectation that all staff will share this commitment. We will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust recruitment processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding amongst our workforce. Completion of an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check is a requirement for working with children and young people.  

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Closing Date: 12th April 2021.

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