- Salary - Grade
- GBP £81,244 to £87,659 81244 - SM1
- Contract Type
- Contracted Hours
- Full Time - 36 hours per week
- DBS Required
- Children & Education
- Children & Families Service
- Closing date
Hackney Children and Families Services is on an exciting journey of evolution and innovation. We are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for children across all areas of service provision.
Hackney is a very diverse borough with 58% of the population of 0-19 year olds coming from a Black African, Caribbean, Orthodox Jewish, Asian, Turkish or other Global Majority ethnic background. Hackney is also home to one the largest Haredi Jewish communities in Europe with approximately 20% of the children in the borough being from the Haredi community.
We are seeking to embed a systemic model of practice which has been the foundation of our work with children and families for over a decade. Our practice is informed by systemic theory and key ideas from relationship and trauma-informed research, theory and practice. This way of working encourages positive change and promotes the building of trusting relationships through curious and collaborative work with the children and families.
Our Anti-Racist position statement clarifies the journey we need to take as a service to improve the experience and progression of our staff and most importantly, the children and young people of Hackney who are disproportionately affected by racism.
With the creation of a new Directorate Management Team, there is fresh impetus to think and work collaboratively and creatively across the service and Council as well as with partner agencies and the local communities to maximise what we can achieve together.
We are seeking to recruit an accomplished Head of Service for Corporate Parenting who will be responsible for the operational management and strategic leadership of the service and be accountable for the provision of Children and Families services.
They will ensure ongoing commitment to delivering excellent social work support and intervention to children, young people and their families.
We are looking for an outstanding experienced senior leader (Social Work England registered):
– With a proven track record of leading service innovation, budgetary management and performance improvement;
– Who will set a compelling vision for corporate parenting services in Hackney, which will inspire staff, partners and other stakeholders to deliver excellent outcomes for children and young people who have experienced care;
– Who will be an expert in and can use their strong practice and professional expertise to be able to promote highly effective interventions and support for children and families;
– Who has a clear understanding of the political and social context within which services operate and be able to evidence their commitment to our strongly held values of respect for the children and families that use our services and to ongoing organisational learning.
If you want to work in a place where you can represent our values so we achieve the best for our residents, please click on the apply button below.
The recruitment process is anonymous. Therefore, we do not accept supporting statements or CVs.
When applying, there will be a number of questions relating to the post on the application form. It is essential that you complete the application questions, responding to each using examples of your skills, knowledge and experience.
This application process replaces a supporting statement.
Please contact Diane Benjamin, Director of Children’s Social Work, diane.Benjamin@hackney.gov.uk for further information or to arrange for a confidential discussion about the role.
Closing date for applications: 03 October 2021
Interviews: 20 & 22 October 2021
We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.
Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.
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