Head of Service Quality Standards and Performance
Website Buckinghamshire County Council
These are exciting times for Children’s Services in Buckinghamshire. We are currently well on our way in our Improvement Programme, and we’re developing a whole systems approach to children’s social care.
For us, it means a significant culture shift. For the children and families that we work with, it means a service that’s more adaptable, innovative and responsive to their needs. For you, it’s an opportunity to bring your significant management experience to this senior level role and drive forward are improvement journey.
About the role
In this role, you’ll be part of the senior leadership team in children’s social care, your portfolio will include the Independent Reviewing Service for Children in Care and Child Protection Case Conference Service as well as being responsible for the oversight, management and leadership of all quality standards and assurance systems.
This post will also undertake the role of Principal Social Worker and you will have the opportunity and authority to represent the voice of front line practitioners. You’ll also have strategic responsibilities of leading partnership arrangements within the Safeguarding and Corporate Parenting Boards and contributing to regional and national agendas and developments.
Possessing excellent leadership and management skills gained within children’s services, you’ll be well informed on national and local issues, as well as legislation and guidance that relate to children’s social care. You’ll be accustomed to managing budgets and leading services through change, as well as managing difficult and complex safeguarding issues.
An excellent communicator and presenter, you’ll have first class influencing and negotiating skills, which will enable you to build strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders and partner agencies. Educated to degree level or equivalent and a qualified social worker, you’ll ideally have undertaken a further professional qualification and/or some form of management qualification.
We are entering one of the most exciting periods of change in our history. We’re looking to become a more agile, commercial and digitally-focussed organisation. The aim? To benefit our residents and shape our county for the future. With substantial investment in place, we now need people who are determined to make this transformation happen. In return, we offer a competitive salary, and some of the best benefits around. Everything from a good work-life balance and flexible working to discounted public transport and sports centre membership.