LADO Local Authority Designated Officer

Posted 15th Mar, 2024
Location
Bexley
Salary/rate
£55,458 – £62,370
Hours
Full-time
Working arrangements
Blended
Contract type
Permanent
Closing date
4th Apr, 2024
About the role

About the Role

Are you an experienced Practitioner, Chair or Manager looking to develop your career to the next stage?  

Or perhaps you are an experienced LADO looking to join Bexley?


Well look no further!  
 
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) to join the LADO service. The role leads on the process for ensuring that children are safe and protected. 


This is achieved through excellent management of allegations against adults or organisations that work with children.

Within this role you will make important decisions and work with a range of stakeholders to achieve safety for children in Bexley, chairing Allegations against Staff and Volunteers meetings as governed by the requirements of the Children Acts 1989 and 2004, Working Together to Safeguard Children, and Keeping Children Safe in Education. 

You will be supported in your role by a dedicated LADO Business Support Officer and a dedicated LADO Service Manager. 

 If you would like to be considered for this opportunity, please sign up and complete the form, attaching a CV and supporting statement that outlines your suitability for the role.  

Please see the  job description for more information however please contact Taku.Zvauya@bexley.gov.uk if you have any questions about the role.

We will offer you in return a package that includes a competitive salary, an excellent pension scheme and generous annual leave plus bank holidays. For more information on the benefits package on offer please refer to the Candidate Information document.

About you

Candidate Profile

A relevant social work qualification – e.g. DipSW or CQSW or Degree in social work is essential to this post. As well as an up to date registration with Social Work England (SWE).

For the full list of essential and desirable criteria for this role then please refer to the Person Specification within the Job Description.

Appointment to this post will be subject to the outcome of an Enhanced Disclosure obtained through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

As a disability confident employer Bexley welcomes applications from people with all disabilities, including hidden disabilities and mental health conditions. We will interview any disabled applicant who meets the minimum criteria. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to any part of the recruitment process due to your disability, please contact us on recruitment@bexley.gov.uk.

About Bexley

Bexley is well connected, there are good transport links to central London, the Kent countryside and the Coast! It is the best of both worlds. Our residents and workers can benefit from the new high-speed Elizabeth Line which goes from Abbey Wood, here in Bexley and all the way to Reading, Southeast England.

We are a diverse and growing borough. By 2030 our population will be over 260,000 and almost 300,000 by 2050. Almost 25% of our population is Black and Asian Multi-Ethnic. Bexley is one of London’s greenest boroughs and has recently been awarded Public Sector Campaign of the year by Sustainable City’s prestigious annual awards.

Our Approach to Children’s Social Care in Bexley

We believe that everyone in Bexley Children’s Social Care should have the opportunity to grow and develop, in every role and at every stage of their career and offer a wide variety of social work roles, both for qualified and unqualified practitioners. Bexley Children’s Social Care offers the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in different areas of Children’s Services: we offer a comprehensive range of professional development opportunities and are committed to ensuring that Bexley is a welcoming and enjoyable place to work.

The children and families we work with, are always kept at the centre of our practice.  We believe: 

  • children should stay with their families whenever it’s in their best interests and safe to do so

  • where it’s not, we must act quickly through the courts to help children find a safe space 

  • success depends on positive, respectful relationships with families and with each other 

  • working with families is unpredictable, so we have to create a supportive environment for our teams 

  • the most effective practice is based on ‘showing your working out’ – so that even when things don’t go to plan, the thinking behind decisions is clear and defensible 

Working in social care in Bexley is endlessly rewarding. As well as helping some of the most vulnerable people in our borough, we invest in looking after you and your career. 

We offer excellent benefits, from competitive salaries and generous leave to flexible working and a wealth of health and wellness programmes. 

Our offer:

  • flexible working - including opportunities for hybrid working, job sharing, compressed hours, and career breaks 

  • a comprehensive range of training and professional development opportunities including access to research, group and e-learning, coaching and group supervision for colleagues in all roles and at every stage of their career

  • clear career progression pathways, within a nurturing environment, which allows social work to flourish. From opportunities to undertake social work qualification; our dedicated ASYE Academy; to our Leadership Academy offering bespoke development for our aspiring and existing leaders. There are also opportunities for practitioners to be involved in university research & academic delivery with our partner universities and students.

  • family leave - includes maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave 

  • mental health and physical wellbeing - including access to our Employee Assistance Programme, help to quit smoking, access to private healthcare, free eye tests and discounted leisure offers 

  • financial wellbeing - excellent pension scheme, charitable giving options 

  • generous annual leave - 25 to 33 days, with the option to purchase extra leave plus an extra bank holiday at Christmas 

  • competitive pay - performance assessments with the opportunity for salary increments and transparent salary scales 

  • transport offers - cycle to work scheme, carpooling, subsidised parking and interest-free season ticket loans 

  • recognition - Thank you messaging to celebrate staff success and sharing of compliments received 

  • professional and personal development - training and workshops to help you thrive and a discount on most Learning and Enterprise College Bexley courses 

  • staff support networks - our networks support and encourage networking between staff with various events throughout the year 

  • employee volunteering - get out of the office and help a local project blossom 

  • MyChoice benefit scheme - your pick of perks from vouchers to car leasing 

  • local authority discount scheme - attraction and theme park discounts and local offers in partnership with KAARP .

We work together in a modern, well-equipped, energising environment that supports team working and collaboration across the service and with partners