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Children's Service Manager

Apply 2020-05-23 05:00:10 2020-05-30 Caritas Recruitment

Children's Service Manager

Date posted: May 23, 2020
50.67 Hourly
South London, England
Job description
London Borough of Lambeth Job Description
Job Title: Service Manager
Directorate: Children?s Services
Division: Children?s Social Care
Grade: PO9
Responsible to: Assistant Director
Responsible for: Team managers and staff in service area

This is a key middle management operational post which will be responsible for the safe and excellent delivery of children?s services within the multi agency context. This post will also be responsible for contributing to and driving the current and future strategy.

Main Purpose of the Job

16+ Independence Service (Children Looked after and Leaving Care)

Leading the day to day operational business of the teams in the service area promoting the best interests of children in accordance with the statutory framework ensuring a prompt and efficient response to all contacts and referrals and the delivery of good outcomes for children young people and families,
? Through management of staff and resources ensure that services are delivered in accordance with the Government policy, (keeping up to date with new proposals and initiatives) legislation, council polices and departmental procedures and that these are customer-focused and of the highest possible quality
? Provide leadership to frontline staff in delivering and implementing any future changes in policies, procedure or other developments.
? To support the Director and Assistant Directors by advising on strategy, policy and future direction of the service, ensuring effective feedback and translation into service delivery. Keep senior management informed of any issues or shortfalls in service providing suitable action plans to address these matters.
? To have lead responsibility for meeting the performance targets of the service area and to report these to managers and staff as required
? To manage budgets and expenditure so as to ensure that resources are optimised. In line with eligibility criteria and priority levels as prescribed in assessment and care management policies and procedures, financial regulations, ensuring value for money.
? To provide leadership in ensuring effective working relationships with other parts of Children?s Services, the Council Departments (in particular Education, Housing and Adult Social Care), external agencies (Health, Police etc.) and the third sector.
? To drive and implement the strategic and operational vision of the department, division and the Council and to successfully manage the cultural change required to achieve excellent service delivery. This will involve holding joint responsibility for developing the agenda of service improvement and the ongoing development with partners, including schools and voluntary organisations, to achieve effective and excellent multi-agency working focused around the child.
? To take a lead in project managing key Children?s Social Care themes on behalf of Children?s Social Care and to develop joint arrangements with schools and other key statutory and voluntary agencies.

Key priorities:

? Overseeing the formation of a 16+ Service and reconfiguration of teams
? Reviewing/updating local offer for care leavers
? Assessing effectiveness of performance data reporting systems
? Review and formulation of quality assurance framework within the service that monitors performance and practice
? Developing a clear ?keeping in touch? process for care leavers
? Working closely with payments process team to embed good finance processes
? Reduce number of high cost placements where there is no value for money
? Strengthen relationships and review the offer from DWP and Housing
? Review financial policy for care leavers
? Improve NEET levels
Reference: RQ394570

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