Interim Head of Service – Corporate Parenting

Job Category: Social Care
Reference HQ00018678
Directorate Children's Services
Service Corporate Parenting
Contract Type Temporary
Duration 3 Months
Location Milton Keynes
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate From £376.33 to £500.00 per hour, * Per day

About the job:

We are currently looking for an Interim Head of Service for the Corporate Parenting team in Milton Keynes Council.

This is a key strategic role that depends the highest levels of leadership in the delivery of a range of services, including the continued development of social work services within Children’s Services and with partners and the Corporate Parenting Panel.

The Head of Service must manage a high level of risk and ensure high quality care delivery to children in care that meet their social, emotional and educational needs while helping them to retain their family ties wherever feasible.

A full job description and person specification is available upon request.

  • Be wholly responsible for delivering strong and effective social work and corporate parenting services to children and families across Milton Keynes,
  • Be fully responsible for the development and maintenance of specific services that ensure that the needs of all children who may suffer significant harm are investigated and responded to,
  • You will be expected to collaborate with other Heads of Service but to take full responsibility for the outcomes of this role within their defined area,
  • Ensure that the social, emotional and educational needs of all children in care and care leavers are met effectively and improved outcomes for Looked After Children and Care Leavers are delivered,
  • Lead in ensuring effective multi-agency and partnership working takes place to protect children,
  • Be strategic lead for Looked After Children, Care Leavers, Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and driving forward permanency arrangements and Corporate Parenting arrangements.
  • Expert knowledge of working with vulnerable children and young people and relevant legislation,
  • Significant expertise in effective strategies for reducing social exclusion, anti-social behaviour and other at risk issues,
  • Significant expertise in partnership working at a senior level,
  • Specialist knowledge and substantial experience of managing local delivery teams,
  • The ability to thinks and act strategically in the short, medium and long term within own area of influence and in support of others,
  • An ability to find highly creative new solutions, identifying and establishing best practice in own and partner organizations,
  • Leadership skills in areas of significant challenge for the council,
  • Highly developed oral and written communications skills,
  • The ability to plan and set substantial budgets and use resources flexibly to secure outstanding outcomes,
  • Excellent ability to manage a demanding workload without reliance on others.
  • Educational qualification to degree level
  • Qualified Social Care professional
  • HCPC registration
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Current enhanced DBS certificate valid to work with children (or willingness to complete),
  • Significant, long term experience in successfully driving service improvement,
  • Experience of and outstanding success in high level leadership role.
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro rata (including bank holidays)
  • 3% pension contribution from employer
  • Mileage – 45p per mile
  • Flexible working hours
  • Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  • Opportunity to apply for social work roles across the East of England
  • Consultants based on site within Civic Court
  • Central location – great public transport links (Civic Court)

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