Head of Professional Standards
London Borough Of Bexley Council
Kent, UK
10d ago

The Council, its staff and partners, were delighted inAugust last year when Ofsted judged the overall effectiveness of children’ssocial care services to be outstanding’! We were especially pleased that our investment in practitioners andmanagers was recognised alongside our strong oversight of practice.

We have been working for four years to create anenvironment where our staff can do the work they came into the profession to do-

to support and help families to stay together where this is in children’sbest interests and it is safe enough for it to happen.

This intention forms thespine of our vision for children, young people, families and carers in Bexley.You will find here, that our social work practice, our training, our dailyconversations and decisions, our supervision, our leadership, our innovationand our future plans are all highly dependent on the Children Act 1989 principle,that families should be first and foremost supported to bring up their ownchildren with help from a children’s service when it is required .

Of course,we act to protect children and young people quickly when they are not safe.Sometimes that means they cannot remain within their families, but we workquickly to establish permanent alternatives or a return to their familynetworks.

Our Head of Service for Professional Practice, WorkforceDevelopment and Quality Assurance is a critical promoter, leader and barometerfor whether we are getting things right for families in Bexley.

Whether we arehelping practitioners to be the best they can be, whether we are listening toand learning from families, whether we promote the best practice environment forour staff, whether as leaders we model and lead with high expectations andexceptional support and whether our knowledge and oversight of practice is usedto reach for further improvement and respect for those we are trying to help.

or a similar practice framework driving hard at relationship based work. You will hold the title of Principal SocialWorker, setting the standards we need for practice in an outstanding children’sservice, but also leading relentlessly to retain our strong permanent staffwhilst attracting the best to come to Bexley.

You will want to know and engageevery day in conversations and collaborations about what is working and whatneeds to improve .

You will be an appreciative enquirer, taking a position of interestand curiosity about the performance of our teams and the evidence in practice.

We have high expectations about accountability for judgements and decisionmaking but we know high challenge must be met with strong coaching andmanagement support.

First and foremost, we need you to be deeplyinterested in the conditions that make for the best social care practice andleadership.

You must believe firmly in the rights of families to bring up theirchildren safely and where they need support and be able to help the Directorand senior team to develop respectful and authentic offers of help, protectionand care.

You will need to believe in the value of collaborative reviews ofpractice, have experience in supporting independent review and child protectionfunctions as well as the capacity to produce high quality reports aboutstandards of practice and priorities for improvement.

In Bexley, we pride ourselves on innovation, closepartnerships, a strong implementation of Signs of Safety, respectful practiceand an accurate account of what we do well and what needs to improve.

You willalready be an experienced service manager with consolidated experience ofoverseeing and reporting on the quality of social work practice and leadership.

In addition, you will be creative and collaborative as a leader working closelywith colleagues across a multi-agency practice system.

If this sounds exciting, stretching and reassuring, wewant you to get in touch with us. Our workforce is stable with over 90%permanent staff, but we are always looking for leaders, practitioners andmanagers wanting to come and practice confidently as part of our team making adifference for families and children.

If you are interested, call and speak directly to ourretained consultants, Solace (contact Sharon Davies on 020 7976 3311.

Jacky Tiotto, our Director of Children’sServices and Allison Parkinson, Deputy Director would also like to offer youthe opportunity to speak to them in advance of an application, to arrange thisplease call 0203 045 4090.

We will invest deeply in you in return for yourinvestment and commitment to our families, children, carers and staff. Whatwe offer : View more about our employment deal Aboutus : Bexley is an outer London Borough withthe best of both worlds, located between the hustle and bustle of London andthe Garden of England, Kent.

Within the Borough we have award winning parks,open spaces and listed heritage sites. Howto Apply : Please submitan up-to-

date CV supported by a personal statement (not to exceed four pages ofA4) that outlines, your motivation for applying and how your knowledge andexperience meet the requirements of the role.

by nolater than noon on 8 February 2019. You willreceive an acknowledgement of safe receipt within one working day but if youhave any concerns please call Solace in Business on 020 7976 3311.

Alternativelyyou can send a hard copy application to : Solace inBusiness Off Southgate Pontefract West Yorkshire WF8 1NT

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