To assist in development and implementing a performance framework for Social Services and to develop and maintain reviewing systems across the service, which meet National Standards and Guidance.
KEY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Corporate ResponsibilitiesTo manage/deliver the Service in accordance with the Council’s corporate policies and procedures and relevant strategy provision. To manage/deliver the service outcomes, in the most efficient and effective way, that delivers the Council’s corporate objectives, Business Plans and contributes to the production of Service Plans. To manage and monitor Capital and Revenue budgets as assigned and contribute to budget development. To lead, or contribute to, the preparation of cross-service business development plans, as required. To ensure the effective management and leadership of employees, where appropriate. To prepare and co-ordinate reports for the Council, its Committees or working parties and to attend these meetings as required. To undertake any other reasonably required duties as instructed by Management or someone acting on their behalf, in addition to the role specific tasks & responsibilities detailed below.
Role Specific Tasks & ResponsibilitiesOperational management of the Child Protection System including chairing of Child Protection Conferences and Case Discussions and the management overview of individual Child Protection plans. To ensure that policy, procedures, best practice, research and relevant information are accessible to staff, service users, carers, members of the public and other agencies, supported by an appropriate Information Strategy. An overview of the Child Protection Performance and Standards. To co-ordinate self-evaluation and service audit programmes. Direct involvement in Significant Case Reviews and dissemination of learning from reviews. To ensure that the Maximising Attendance Procedure is adhered to and implemented with your area of service. To assist and participate in Emergency Planning / Business Continuity. To build effective working relationships with equivalent officers in Strathclyde Police, the Care Commission, NHS Ayrshire & Arran and neighbouring councils and other services and agencies as appropriate to ensure best value and quality assurance. To provide advice in relation to Child protection practice, policy and procedures. Operational Management of the Looked After Children System including Chairing of LAC meetings, Kinship Care Reviews and Foster Carer Reviews. Participate in the co-ordination and supervision of practice placements, including line management of Practice Teachers. Provide specialised professional input if required, in areas of practice where specialist qualification or expertise is required. To provide reports to a range of national, legislative, regulatory and external bodies. Monitor and report on performance in relation to statutory and key performance indicators. Ensure that recording systems (eg CareFirst) are used appropriately for input and reporting purposes. To ensure meaningful stakeholder and service user involvement in service design, review and delivery. To delegate/substitute for the Practice and Performance Manager.
ESSENTIAL / DESIRABLE CRITERIA
Education and QualificationsProfessional qualification in Social Work Currently registered with SSSC. Management qualification/MHO qualification/child protection qualification/ Practice Teaching Qualification and/or specific post qualifying award. Application Form Interview
ExperienceProven record of achievement in practice area. Experience of working in a range of social services settings Application Form References Interview
Specialist KnowledgeKnowledge of models of quality assurance and self evaluation Detailed operational knowledge of key legislation, policy, guidance and procedures in Child Protection. Knowledge of the key issues and challenges currently facing social services Knowledge of NAC specific policies and procedures Application Form Interview Pre/Post-Interview Check (if appropriate)
Skills and AbilitiesEffective written verbal and communication skills Proven time management and organisational skills Comprehensive assessment and analytical skills Ability to handle conflict effectively Ability to work effectively across social services and in multi-agency settings Experience in working with a range of IT packages. Application Form References Interview Psychometric Test
BehavioursSelf motivated and able to work on own initiative Assertive and decisive Performance orientated Ability to develop and maintain professional relationship with colleagues and partner agencies. Outcome focused Application Form Interview Psychometric Test
OtherThe ability to travel throughout North Ayrshire as required The ability to travel throughout the country as required Willingness to work outwith normal working hours Application Form Interview
Staff Values & Behaviours
North Ayrshire Council uses behavioural based approach throughout the recruitment process. Our staff values of Focus, Passion & Inspiration will be explored for this vacancy.
Further information on how to complete behaviour based application form questions is available on the Council’s website.
We put our customers first
We understand the bigger picture
Provide excellent customer services Meet and where possible exceed the expectations of internal and external customers. Understand the performance levels and standards required within our own role and strive to achieve and where possible exceed these. Know how the work we do fits into the overall performance of the Council.
We take pride in the jobs we do
We are ambitious for our communityTake ownership of our own actions and performance. Reflect on the work we do and consider how it could be improved. Have a positive impact on the lives of our customers and their communities. Push the boundaries to help our customers and communities realise their potential.
We all look for better ways to deliver our services
We achieve the best results togetherFind new ways to deliver improvements, efficiencies and value for money. Embrace change with enthusiasm and creative ideas. Work together and creatively produce the best outcomes for our customers and communities. Plan all activities with the end goal in mind.
This post is considered Regulated Work with Children and Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children or protected adults
Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check, prior to confirmation of employment being made by North Ayrshire Council. Please note, successful candidates will be expected to meet the cost of the relevant PVG check (£59 or £18), which will be deducted in instalments from your wages following commencement of employment. For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk. For further details on North Ayrshire Council’s policy please visit http://www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/resident/jobs-and-training/pre-employment-checks.aspx.
For your information if this post requires references you will be notified of further details if you are successful in gaining an interview. Not providing relevant references when requested may delay the outcome of the interview process
Applications must be made online at myjobscotland.gov.uk
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