Safeguarding and Review Manager
We want all children in Herefordshire to have the best start in life and grow up healthy, happy and safe within supportive family environments. We want them to have the best possible health, education and opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential.
How do we do this? By having dynamic, dedicated and passionate staff who work in a culture that focuses on what we can achieve with children, what they can achieve themselves and the relationships with families and partners.
Herefordshire’s Children and Families Service are seeking people with a child-centred, strengths based approach to practice and have well tested assessment and report writing skills. You will have practice knowledge of “Working Together” and be familiar with Child Protection policies and procedures.
We offer you a supportive team, flexible working, and access to an individual learning fund of £250 per year in addition to our comprehensive CPD programme
We are currently looking for
Job Title: Safeguarding and Review Manager
Salary: £37,107 - £40,858 per annum
Directorate: Childrens Well Being
Division/Department: Safeguarding and Early Help
Section/Location: Safeguarding and Review Service
Responsible to: Service Manager Safeguarding and Review
Professionally responsible to: As above, HSCB, HCPC (where appropriate)
Dimensions: (quantifiable measures relating to the post, such as number of staff managed, number of patients, size of local population, budgets and so on)
Responsible for: The discharge of the statutory functions of the Independent Reviewing Officer; chairing Child Protection Conferences; chairing Adoption Reviews; chairing Secure Criteria Reviews; discharging the Local Authority Designated Officer function; the provision of best practice advice and guidance to officers of the Council and across partners; and quality assuring the effectiveness of practice in improving outcomes for children and the services provided to children and their families.
Key relationships/Functional links with: (main relationships with people inside and outside the organisation that the post holder will come into contact with during the course of their work)
Internal: All officers within Childrens Well Being Directorate and across the Council
External: Children and their families, NHS professionals, Education professionals, Police, Government organisations, voluntary and independent sector agencies.
Main Purpose of Job:
This is the main purpose or objective of the job – a short statement of why the job exists
- To ensure the delivery of effective and purposeful planning for children in need within Herefordshire, including children in need of protection and children in need of accommodation
- To be responsible for the co-ordination and chairing of Child Protection Conferences, Looked After Children Reviews, Adoption Reviews and all other meetings as directed in statute, policy and procedures
- To quality assure the child protection process and looked after children process
- To strive to enshrine positive outcomes for children and young people
- To ensure meaningful participation of children and their families in the child protection and looked after children process
- To maintain and develop management information about operational practice and report to relevant managers using established processes
- To develop and maintain systems which will establish consistency and quality of practice throughout the County
- To participate in the overall management of the Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Services
- To promote and implement Council, Directorate and HSCB policies and procedures, and to act in accordance with agreed Service principles and practices
- To undertake the role of Local Authority Designated Officer in relation to the allegations against people who work with children
- To ensure that the diverse needs of Herefordshire children in the child protection or looked after children process are identified and addressed
- Key responsibilities for effective performance management and ensuring best possible outcomes within Children’s Services
Main Responsibilities / Accountabilities / KRA:
The jobholder will be expected to complete the responsibilities / accountabilities effectively in order to deliver the key objectives of the organisation.
- To provide consultation, advice and information to operational staff in the Children’s Services Directorate and in other agencies (as requested) on matters relating to Child Protection work
- To challenge Senior Managers where there are concerns around practice and process including raising specific issues and (LAC) cases with CAFCASS
- To contribute to the amendment and updating of Child Protection and Looked After Children Procedures and Interagency Guidance
- To provide independent chairing of child protection conferences and looked after children’s reviews
- To contribute to relevant meetings for children in need of support; protection; accommodation in line with statutory guidance
- To ensure that Child Protection Conferences and Looked After Children Reviews are arranged and chaired in accordance with existing procedures
- To ensure that the minutes of meetings are of a high and consistent standard
- To develop and maintain management information pertaining to child protection work
- To provide an independent perspective in the formulation and monitoring of plans for children in need, children in need of protection and children in care
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- To ensure that child protection conferences are conducted and take decisions required of them in an informed and objective way to support best outcomes
- To assist in maintaining the list of children subject to Child Protection Plans
- To collate and provide statistical information for the Directorate and for Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board
- To undertake the role of Local Authority Designated Officer in relation to allegations against people who work with children or hold positions of trust
- To develop and maintain systems which will ensure consistency and quality of practice throughout the County
- To ensure that Child Protection and Looked After Children Plans are monitored and reviewed
- To liaise with relevant staff in other agencies who have responsibility for Child Protection concerning the development of child protection practices and procedures
- To maintain safe working practices for self and others and be compliant with the Council’s health and safety policy and procedures
- To work in a way that promotes equality and diversity as they relate to the role
- To ensure adherence to Government and Directorate procedures and guidance in respect of the provision and regulation of services for children
- To ensure that the Directorate meets key performance targets
- To develop, promote and implement Directorate policies and procedures, best practice standards and quality assurance systems, in co-operation with the Social Work Academy
- To actively undertake a role in the Quality assurance and audit process and monitor and report on case audit and assess the quality of provision
- To promote and develop the participation of children and their families in the planning and provision of services, to ensure their views inform service developments
The post holder will be required to comply with organisation’s policies and procedures.
The organisation has a no smoking policy. Staff are not permitted to smoke on any of the organisation’s premises nor in any vehicle used on organisation business.
This Job Description covers the main duties and responsibilities of the job and will be Subject to review and amendment, in consultation with the post holder, to meet the changing needs of the organisation.
Other activities commensurate with this Job Description may from time to time be undertaken by the post holder.
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