The children and young people of Medway have said the following qualities are really important to them:
✓ Be a good listener
✓ Be non-judgemental
✓ Be consistent and stable
✓ Understand me
✓ Be honest
✓ Be focused
✓ Be realistic
✓ Be resourceful in your approach
Is this you?
Medway has embarked on introducing Signs of Safety as our practice model - we are keen to develop our strengths and relationship-based practice. We are aspirational for our children and young people in care and want the very best for them. We want children and young people to fully participate in decisions about their lives and their future and we want them to stay connected to their family and network (where it is safe to do so).
We are looking for a Child Protection Chair who is curious and has children at the very heart of all they do. You will have the ability to develop strong professional relationships that support quality practice for our children and young people and be confident to challenge when this is not the best it can be.
You will have a minimum of 5 years’ experience of social work with significant experience and understanding of child protection practice.
The role forms part of the wider Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Service in Medway and very much has a part to play in the quality assurance of practice. This role will be responsible for driving good practice and quality assurance through quality assuring the effectiveness and impact of interventions on children and young people with a Child Protection Plan.
For an informal discussion please contact Amanda Mathur, Child Protection Chair Manager on 01634 336326.
In return we offer you:
- Market Premia of £7,000 per annum payable monthly in 12 equal instalments
- Retention payment of £3,000 payable after 1 years' service
- Essential Car User allowance or access to a lease car
- Generous annual leave entitlement
- Generous local government pension scheme package
- Access to wider training and development qualifications
- Flexible working scheme
- Travel plan discounts
- Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
- Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
- The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: - https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.
Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.
We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.
Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile
Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement
Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age
For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online
Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.
Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.