Here at West Sussex County Council we are ambitious for our children and our workforce. We are committed to improving our services for the children and families in West Sussex we support. You will join us as at a key time on our improvement journey. The work we have started includes establishing a new and experienced leadership team driving forward our 'Children First' improvement plan.
We don't underestimate the work that still needs to be done and the challenge ahead. That's why we need professionals, like you, who really want to be part of the positive change that is happening. Be part of an ambitious improvement plan and make a significant difference to children and families in West Sussex. There's never been a more rewarding time to join.
For further information about us and about working in Children's Social Care at West Sussex County Council, please visit Careers in children's social work in West Sussex.
About the job
Salary: £65,460 - £69,964 Working Pattern: Full-time Location: Countywide (Preference to base location to be discussed at interview)
Our Social Workers are passionate about their careers because they know that the work they do is invaluable. They're transforming the lives of children and families within West Sussex and providing them with brighter futures. To excel they look to the Service Lead as someone who takes great pride in bringing about dynamic change and leading, inspiring and motivating an improving workforce.
The Service Lead for Fostering will be a dynamic leader who isn't afraid to take on a challenge. This role includes the overall strategic running of a large fostering service, the recruitment of foster carers, family and friends' carers and special guardians.
West Sussex County Council are ambitious to continuously improve our Fostering service. You will have a direct impact on the improvement journey for the team of Group Managers, Practice Managers and Social Workers working right across the county, inspiring confidence in yourself and the leadership team as well as motivating and recognising the pride and dedication your service has for ensuring better outcomes for children. We have embarked on a complete redesign of our fostering offer and you will have a central role is shaping our new vision for our fostering family within the county.
- Ability to work independently, making sound pragmatic problem solving decisions, which will have a wider service impact, including devising solutions to specific problems of a programme, prioritisation, resource or performance related nature using significant professional judgement and evaluative skills to make effective decisions where 'right' and 'wrong' answers are not available.
- Exceptional, highly developed communication skills to influence and persuade the actions of others in order to construct, evaluate and deliver effective business solutions.
- Effective research and planning skills to construct highly effective complex business critical solutions working on a time horizon of a number of years. Ability to forward plan, continuously developing and reviewing the effectiveness of service, whilst still delivering the current service.
- Ability to recognise where change is needed and to challenge existing practices, processes and activities and identify and deliver effective solutions which promote change.
- Strong partnership working skills with the ability to develop and manage highly effective relationships and co-ordinate a range of partners and stakeholders both internally and externally to successfully deliver objectives.
Qualifications, knowledge and experience:
- A recognised professional Social Work Qualification e.g. degree in Social Work, DipSW, CQSW or equivalent as recognised by the relevant professional body.
- Post graduate professional qualification relevant either to management or to the professional service specialism; or equivalent level of significant experience demonstrating comprehensive application of the above levels of knowledge in a relevant setting.
- Fellowship membership of a relevant professional body or equivalent high-level experience of involved practices.
- Self-sufficient expertise across the technical/professional specialism at the highest level of proficiency, with a comprehensive knowledge of complex practices and precedents built on concepts and principles.
- Practical and theoretical knowledge of the political environment of local government and partner organisations.
- Comprehensive operational and strategic experience appropriate to the business and the organisation.
Reward and benefits
You'll have access to research communities including Research in Practice and Community Care Inform, flexible and mobile working opportunities, a minimum of 5 days CPD per year and a generous annual leave entitlement of up to 29 days, as well as the option to buy up to 3 additional days.
This post is eligible for our Recruitment & Retention Scheme. Relocation support may be available. For further information, contact .
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee, please visit our Rewards and Benefits page.
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