Head of Quality Assurance and Practice
Job Title: Head of Quality Assurance and Practice
Location: County Hall, Hertford (flexible)
Salary Range: Circa £65k (flexible for the right candidate), relocation package and eligible for lease car
Hours: 37 per week
Are you looking to make a difference?
Building on Hertfordshire’s positive record in safeguarding children, you’ll take a leading role in performance management and quality assurance. Sustaining our success in multi-agency working will be central: as a key link for Hertfordshire’s children’s Safeguarding Partnership Arrangements and the Safeguarding Adults Board, you’ll lead on partnership working and innovation and will be closely involved in service developments.
The role includes managing a large team of safeguarding and looked after children professionals as well as a quality assurance team which includes the Principal Social Worker role.
The core functions of this position will be ensuring the delivery of timely and high quality child protection conferences and children looked after reviews, ensuring safeguarding arrangements in both Childrens’ and Adults’ services are smooth running and effective and ensuring that, across the service, an evidence based, ‘continuous improvement’ approach is taken in regard to practice.
At every stage, you’ll be supported by a well-established senior management team and have exceptional opportunities for learning and development.
We’re looking for someone who can make a significant contribution to the future strategic direction of our service, including the development of childcare policy and practice.
Your substantial experience of managing children’s services will include extensive multi-agency working, where you will have proved your ability to negotiate successfully. Evidence of applying performance management and quality assurance systems is essential. You’ll also be capable of identifying the learning and development needed to support service improvements and cultural change.
A qualified and registered social worker, you’ll ideally hold a relevant management qualification. As you will be ensuring value for money across the service, budgetary management skills are important.
- Salary circa £65k (flexible for the right candidate)
- Relocation package available
- Eligible for lease car
- Excellent career development
- Salary exchange for additional benefits
- Excellent pension scheme with employer contributions
- Discounts on everyday shopping/holidays/entertainment/leisure along with cashback with our Herts Rewards Scheme
- Support Groups
- Occupational maternity / paternity and adoption pay
- Excellent Wellbeing schemes
Please review the applicant information pack and, as part of your application, ensure that you submit a supporting statement demonstrating that you have the knowledge, skills and abilities required to deliver the role, as outlined in the person specification.
For an informal discussion, please contact Marion Ingram, Operations Director, Specialist Services on 01992 588755.
Advert closes: 23rd September 2018
Interview date: Week commencing 8th October 2018
Safeguarding children and adults is of utmost importance to Hertfordshire County Council. The Council requires employees to abide by legislation and best practice to enable Hertfordshire to achieve this. This role has been identified as requiring a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.
As part of the application you will be prompted to provide a supporting statement which is your opportunity to evidence how your skills, knowledge and experience match what we are looking for based on the PERSON SPECIFICATION area of the attached Job Outline. If you do not supply a supporting statement, your application may be rejected.
PLEASE NOTE: All questions marked with a * are mandatory question and must be answered – you will not be able to submit your application until all mandatory questions have been answered.
Please Note: The ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.