Children???s Services Improvement Programme Lead

22 May 2019
19 Jun 2019
Engineering, Defence
Contract Type
Full Time
Working on behalf of a Local Authority, Aatom Recruitment has an excellent opportunity for an experienced Children's Services Improvement Programme Lead on a 3 months contract with a possibility of an extension.

Purpose of the role -

The primary purpose of the proposed role is to secure dedicated capacity, focus and momentum at a senior level to to work with the Chief Officer to lead the implementation of the Children's Service Improvement Programme. This will include immediate progression of the Medium-Term post-Ofsted Action Plan, in parallel with the Council and partners to develop and implement a 3-year Strategic Plan for Children's Services leading to an Outstanding Ofsted judgement. A key driver for this role is to ensure a relentless focus on the pace and impact of improvement to services for children at a critical point in Dudley's Children's Services improvement journey.

Duties/Responsibilities -

* Leading on the development of strategic and operational plans to support improvement and innovation across Children's Services and the Council in line with the vision for Children's Services and the Dudley Borough Vision.

* Engagement and consultation with stakeholders at all level of the system of support for children, to ensure that planning, review and delivery has the buy-in and active support within and beyond the Council.

* Collaboration with partners including commissioned partners to develop a 3-year strategic plan for Children's Services.

* Robust programme management and oversight of Children's Services improvement arrangements. This will include reporting to key governance and partnership bodies.

* To work in partnership with Dudley officers to ensure that financial resources are used effectively and efficiently, are fully aligned with wider improvement planning and delivery and do not exceed set limits.

* To positively identify emerging strengths, areas for improvement and obstacles to positive change, and to work with staff and partners to develop solutions and unblock the system where necessary to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and local people.

* To work with members of Children's Services Departmental Management Team (DMT) to develop and sustain positive, restorative and challenge-based relationships with staff and partners at all levels to support and drive system-wide improvement.

* To work with partners at a regional and sub-regional level, and within the council, to support the achievement of the workforce development strategy for Children's Services.

Knowledge/Skills/Qualifications/Experience -

* Social Work Qualification and HCPC Registration.

* Educated to degree level (or an equivalent relevant professional qualification) or able to demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge.

* A leadership qualification or evidence of the study of leadership and management.

* Significant experience in children and young people's social care.

* Successful experience in managing significant service change with a focus on increasing efficiency and improving customer service.

* Thorough knowledge of legislative and Council policy requirements in respect of the service area(s).

* An understanding of any key national, regional or local trends in the relevant service area(s).

To get more information about this role and how to apply please contact Aamina (phone number removed)