Hackney’s Children and Families Service is looking for an Independent Chair to undertake a busy role within the Safeguarding and Reviewing Service. This role provides an opportunity to further shape the quality assurance and practice across child protection and looked after children’s services.
We are looking for a dynamic, innovative, committed and passionate worker, who will bring a comprehensive knowledge and skill-base to the challenge of working with vulnerable children and families, and who will have sound knowledge of services from the front door, through to long term work, and looked after children and care leavers.
Our Service seeks to actively contribute to organisational learning through recognising, promoting and supporting best practice and service development, retaining a clear focus upon positive good outcomes and stability for children and families across the borough. Hackney is proud of its organisational learning culture and strives to find innovative ways of engaging and facilitating change with children and their families.
We have excellent local services and a thriving cultural sector, making this one of London’s most popular areas to live, work and visit. Our challenge is to ensure Hackney’s economic growth leaves no-one behind and that we harness opportunities to transform the lives of local people.
Candidates must have;
– a relevant professional social work degree or equivalent
– current registration with Social Work England
– 5 years post qualifying experience
– experience of managing and developing staff and best practice
– evidence of continuing professional development
An enhanced DBS check is required.
Our vision is to make Hackney a place for everyone. Where all our residents, whatever their background, have a chance to lead healthy and successful lives; a place of which everyone can be proud, with excellent services and public spaces, thriving businesses, and strong communities; a place that celebrates diversity, and where everyone can feel valued, included, and involved.
It is an exciting time to be working in Hackney as we are embedding our practice model of Systemic, Trauma informed and Anti-Racist practice. We are an innovative borough where we collaborate to support change for the children and families we work for and for each other. You will change and develop while working in Hackney and we will be behind you every step of the way. So, why don't you find yourself in Hackney?
Retention bonus for social workers in Children in Need and Access and Assessment Services- £1500 every 6 months.
Ad hoc parking permits available for social workers when required to use a vehicle for their role.
We prioritise the development and growth of staff and have reviewed and updated our ASYE programme of support, to ensure a structured learning programme that understands the journey of the child and utilises protected time.
Celebration and appreciation opportunities including a World Social Work Week thank you event and our Coffee Connection networking events.
A dedicated Race Equality and Inclusion team working to embed active anti-racist practice and support staff’s anti-racism journey.
Monthly group supervision for collaboration and support when things feel stuck
As well as our Council-wide benefits:
Generous holiday allowance – 27 days a year, rising to 32 after five years
Unrivalled pension scheme
Flexible working options
Family friendly policies
A range of discounts, including subsidised gym membership and local eating
Access to financial and season ticket loans
Health and wellbeing benefits, such as lunchtime fitness classes
A comprehensive training and development offer
We are a member of Cycle Scheme and offer free pool bikes
Email our recruitment team for more information on this role at firstname.lastname@example.org
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