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Head of Quality Assurance and Safeguarding

  • Location: Kent
  • Salary: Up to £75,000
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Job reference: 931072
  • Sector: Local Government

Job description Date posted: 28/11/2018


Medway Council is committed to improving the lives and opportunities of children and young people in the local area. 
To do this we need experienced leaders who share our ambition and drive to help us on our journey of improvement. 
Reporting to the Deputy Director Children’s and Adults, the Head of Quality Assurance and Safeguarding will be a key member of Medway’s Children’s Services Management Team and lead the Quality Assurance Unit to ensure our social work practice and values deliver positive outcomes for children, young people and their families. 
Role: 
• To understand, explore and interpret good practice and support the Deputy Director for Children and Adults in developing, planning and implementing change in Children’s Services. 
• To provide strong leadership, challenge and support providing a mirror into social work and early help in the areas, but also ensuring good systems are in place to scrutinise the effectiveness of the Quality Assurance Unit, and its impact on practice. 
• To contribute to the leadership and strategic development of the wider service as a member of the Children’s Services Management Team. 
• To work in strategic partnership with other agencies and stakeholders, including children, young people and their families to ensure their views inform and shape service delivery and improve outcomes for children, young people and their families. 
• To work with the providers of universal and targeted services across the directorate and with partnership agencies to develop services and strategies to prevent children coming into care. 
• Work with strategic commissioning colleagues to inform commissioning plans, monitor implementation and deliver specified outcomes that offer value for money. Candidate: 
• Qualified Social Worker registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. 
• A deep understanding of how specialist children’s services operate in local authorities and how improvements can be affected by integrated planning and delivery with other services. 
• An ability to contribute to the development and delivery of our strategic vision for the service. • Strong leadership credentials, promoting equality, integrity and adherence to professional standards. 
• An ability to show strong leadership and to build sound, productive working relationships with colleagues, partners and colleagues. 
• Experience of developing partnership working or alternative models of delivery that will benefit the service area. 

For more information, and details of how to apply please contact Nick Cole (07736 491804) or Robert Naylor (07701 317733) at Veredus.