Salary range: £59,009 - £66,308 p.a. inc.
Hours of work: 40 hours per week
Location: Civic Centre and other locations from time to time
An Exciting Opportunity...
Brent is a tremendously vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. Spanning both inner and outer London, it is a borough of huge contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make up. Brent’s diversity is evident to all who visit our borough and our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a place that is truly unique and valued by those who live and work here.
The council is pursuing a far-reaching transformation agenda that better meets the needs of our community so it is an exciting time to join us.
Brent Children’s Services are good with outstanding features (OFSTED 2018). The Brent Practice Framework is our foundation for practice and includes Signs of Safety. Group supervision is creating a buzz, with social workers developing creativity, sharing risk and learning from each other. We have a stable, steady and committed senior management team who encourage practice conversation and debate.
The borough hosts Wembley Stadium - just a stone’s throw from the office. Working in a state of the art building surrounded by new restaurants, coffee shops and facilities, you’ll definitely enjoy your surroundings. Brent Children and Young People Services boasts a bright and buzzy atmosphere where your colleagues are friendly, supportive and get stuck in. Brent is the 2020 London Borough of Culture(s) where people are proud of their culture and background – and we are proud of our diverse workforce. If you love learning, Brent is the place to further your practice and career.
Services are responding well to the impact of Covid-19 through our excellent IT and the provision of office equipment for all social workers working from home
You will be the Service Manager leading the Safeguarding and Reviewing Team within the Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Service. The practitioners in your team will have an enormous amount of professional experience and skills. They will chair Child Protection Conferences, Looked After Children Reviews, oversee allegations against staff and volunteers and lead the way developing contextual safeguarding practice. Your team will understand social work and multi-agency practice. You will provide leadership to your team, gathering this understanding to support and challenge our practice systems.
You will have extensive social work practice supervision experience at a Team Manager level. Ideally, you will have chaired Child Protection Conferences and LAC Reviews yourself and/or have experience managing Conference Chairs and Independent Reviewing Officers. You will be a confident social work practice supervisor and will be able to both challenge and support practitioners and managers. You will embrace the Brent Practice Framework and have training and experience in some of our practice approaches - ideally systemic practice including Signs of Safety. You will understand how the team you manage fits into our quality assurance work and actively contribute to our quality assurance systems. You will be passionate about social work and will ensure multi-agency safeguarding practices are consistent and persistent in driving practice improvement.
Closing Date: extended until 21 January 2021 (23:00)
Assessment & Interview Date: To Be Confirmed
Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community. We positively encourage all applicants to self-identify their characteristics in the diversity survey section in the application.
We are committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants should be aware that posts working with children, young people and vulnerable adults are subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.
Brent has a positive approach to flexible working.
As a disability confident employer Brent welcomes applications from people with all disabilities, including hidden disabilities and mental health conditions. We will interview any disabled applicant who meets the essential criteria. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to any part of the recruitment process due to your disability, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note the information you provide will be treated fairly and confidentially.
Please note CVs will not be considered as part of your application for this position.