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INTERNAL ONLY - Quality Assurance & Reviewing Unit Manager

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 22/10/2019 23:59
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Badminton Road, Yate
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Job details 

Closing date:
22 Oct

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to bring your skills and experience to this role. You will manage the Quality Assurance and Reviewing Unit, (Child Protection Chairs and IROs) to ensure that all Children-looked-after Reviews and Child Protection Conferences are chaired consistently and to a high standard, within the time scales established by Government guidance and Performance Indicators and for Child Protection, within the policies and guidelines of The South Gloucestershire LSCB. Through effective supervision and leadership, the post holder will develop the team to provide and promote excellence in professional expertise and quality standards for safeguarding and child protection across the Department and other agencies.

Together with the Strategic Safeguarding Manager, you will contribute to clear plans across services to tackle performance and to enable the achievement of the targets and priorities set out in the Children’s Services Improvement Plan. You will lead the team in providing high support and high challenge to the social work teams, challenging when necessary and supporting good practice in order to enable the best outcomes for children and young people.

You will provide an authority-wide quality monitoring and assurance function and strategic overview of the effectiveness of service delivery and processes to safeguard and protect children and young people who are involved in the child protection and Looked After systems. This will include safeguarding activity within and across agencies outside the Council (including schools, voluntary organisations, clubs and independent organisations).

What we are looking for


Educated to degree level and professionally qualified - a qualified social worker with current HCPC registration

Extensive relevant post qualification experience gained in the management of social workers, managers and safeguarding and Looked After Children

Detailed knowledge of Child Care Law, guidance and practice in relation to Looked After Children and Child Protection, together with an in depth understanding of the IRO handbook and Working Together 2018. Can provide evidence of continuous professional development to develop and maintain learning and development, sector and safeguarding expertise

Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary context, and of chairing child protection meetings and progressing child protection plans

Highly developed communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to present complex subject matter succinctly and clearly and to analyse data and performance trends with excellent analytical and reasoning skills and competent in the use of IT systems (e.g. Microsoft Office). Training will be given in any specialist software needed for the post.

The post holder will require considerable and robust negotiation, influencing and communication skills, together with the ability to analyse and present information succinctly to senior managers and elected members about performance issues.

Ability to think and act strategically, develop strategic plans, solve problems and make decisions regarding children and young people’s safeguarding issues.

Substantial experience of project management and service planning in a similar setting.

Proven ability to work flexibly and manage a complex safeguarding workload, able to demonstrate experience of managing strategic change effectively and manage major projects, in a safeguarding/social work setting.

Able to build effective relationships within and outside of the Department of CAH; able to influence decision makers and work collaboratively with stakeholders, to embed fit for purpose solutions and continually develop the Children and Young People’s Strategic Safeguarding service to meet legislative and business needs. In addition you will also possess in-depth thorough knowledge of issues relating to partnership working in a similar setting, with specific knowledge regarding workforce development in the context of departmental and multi agency settings.


Recognised management qualification

Experience and knowledge of Adult Safeguarding issues, where appropriate

Additional Information

To apply

On no more than 3 sides of A4, please demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the role. You should email your submission to hrrecruitment@southglos.gov.uk by the close of business on the stated closing date. Please ensure your submission clearly states your name.

For further information after reading the job summary, please contact Catherine Boyce, Strategic Safeguarding Manager 01454 868924.

Salary: £49,464 - £54,478

Hours: 37

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South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Our Values

Our staff need to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. They must work well with others to reach a common goal and be willing to embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. They must use their initiative to deliver and take responsibility for their performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and must make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services. Our managers are also required to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate their staff to achieve.

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