Service Manager - Children Services

Swindon Borough Council

Swindon

Ref: GSe47980

Swindon is bold and ambitious in its plans, with a clear vision outlined in our Vision Swindon corporate plan, with one of our four priorities being to help people to help themselves while protecting our most vulnerable children and adults.  Its status as one of the UK’s fastest growing towns is driving transformational change, led by the Chief Executive Susie Kemp through the Swindon Programme. Swindon aspires to be one of the UK’s most innovative, productive towns, with excellent existing communication links and one of the most affordable housing market areas in the south of the country. 

We are committed to ensuring that every child is given the support they need to grow and thrive and have pledged multi-million pounds of additional funding over the next 3 years to support this aim. Children’s Services have strong corporate and member support, as we want children to enjoy life, establish healthy relationships and stay safe from harm. Our recent OFSTED visit reported an improvement in our Children’s Services however, we are on a significant journey of development and change.  We are seeking to speed up our transformation and appoint an experienced permanent team to help shape and change our services to positively impact on Swindon’s Children, Young People and our town. 

Accountable to the Director of Children’s Services to shape and drive the design and implementation of a new operating model, you will contribute to the strategic direction of the service area and wider children’s services agenda.  This crucial role requires considerable leadership and management experience and a thorough understanding of children’s social care and hold the relevant social work qualifications.  Knowledge and the implementation of new operating models, ensuring effective quality assurance, performance management and the use of data and quality to ensure service effectiveness is essential.  You will demonstrate skills and experience in communicating with children and their families, ensuring that the voice of the child is at the heart of practice.  You will have the ability to develop and maintain strong and meaningful relationships with a range of partners and stakeholders to achieve our vision of ‘One Children’s Service – Consistently Good Everyday’. 

Timetable
Closing Date for ApplicationsFriday 9 November 2018 @ 10am
Final Panel Interviewsw/c Monday 26 November 2018
How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

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