Head of Specialist Services

Client: Central Bedfordshire Council

Location: Bedfordshire

Salary: £63,765 to £68,547 + up to £10K Market Rate Supplement per annum (up to £8,000 relocation package available)

Closing date: Sunday, 06 February 2022 23:30

Team: Specialist Services

Job Family: Enabling 16

Salary: £63,765 to £68,547 + up to £10K Market Rate Supplement per annum (up to £8,000 relocation package available)Contract: Permanent 

Hours: 37 hours per week

Location: Watling House, Dunstable -Agile working flexibility, opportunity to work from home combined with being office basedClosing Date: 30th January 2022 - To apply for the role, please send your CV and supporting statement to our retained search partners, xxx to be completedInterview Date: TBC - to take place via Microsoft teams in mid February

Penna Resourcing are delighted to be partnering Central Bedfordshire Council in their quest to secure a Head of Specialist Services - Front Door Services, Youth Services

An Exciting Opportunity!
The Safeguarding and Early Help Service pride themselves on a solid and a high preforming management and staff team, that has been built solidly on both longevity of employees and collaborative teamwork.

A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen within the Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Service to join their senior management team as the Head of Specialist Services - Front Door Services, MASH and Youth Support Service, also act as CBC lead for Youth Offending Service a shared service with Bedford Borough.

The Head of Specialist Services is a strategic management role that offers a genuine and rare blend of responsibility, that includes the more traditional routed areas within Front Door Services, MASH and Assessment. However, in this key post you will be the single point of contact for exploitation alongside responsibility for the Youth Support Service offering across Central Bedfordshire; including NEET, Youth Centres, Youth Parliament and CiC council.

Other areas of responsibility include but not limited to

  • People Management headcount of 74 (both direct and in-direct)
  • Oversight and management of Front Door Services
  • Access and Referral Hub
  • MASH and Assessment
  • Youth Support Service

With the projection of an increase in demand and complexity of cases, the post holder will have extensive experience of leading complex safeguarding situations and a passion for delivering first class services to Central Bedfordshire children and families.

This role is vital to ensure the delivery of direct intervention to children and families for the purpose of statutory duties, on behalf of the Council. The post holder will work closely with the Locality Heads of Service and the Registered Manager for the three residential units.

You will possess strong leadership skills, transformational vision and the ability to create and deliver strategic plans, working with partners both within and external to the Council. You will be responsible for shaping a progressive and innovative service to enable great outcomes for children and you team.

You will lead Safeguarding Front Door Services; your inherited team of valued staff hold an enormous amount of professional experience and skill. Your team will understand social work and multi-agency practice. However, you will provide structure, organisation and clear management direction, leading by the front with passion and by example driving forward best practice at all times.

A talented people manager, mentor and influencer. Multi agency work is key, you will have experience managing and influencing multi-functional teams and stakeholders in both the public, private/voluntary sector.

Our Services:

The council is enjoying a period of demographic growth as well we a transformation agenda that better meets the needs of our community, so it is an exciting time to join the authority.

Take advantage of our rewards package, agile working and help make a difference to young people’s lives in Central Bedfordshire.

As well as access to the Local Government Pension Scheme you will be entitled to 24 to 31 days annual leave, staff discount scheme and various other benefits.

The Person:

You will be a QSW, hold a Social Work degree & be HCPC registered
You will have extensive social work safeguarding practice supervision experience at a management level, or you will be a talented Service Manager looking for their next elevated move within their career.

You will be passionate about social work and will ensure multi-agency safeguarding practices are consistent and persistent in driving practice improvement.

Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.

Our Aspiration is to be a truly flexible employer. We are happy to discuss location, hours and working pattern as part of the application process.

You will be expected to demonstrate how you meet the key accountabilities and competencies detailed within this Recruitment Pack

Safeguarding (For DBS posts only):

Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.

Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.

To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline.

For a confidential discussion please contact our recruitment partners at Penna: pennafamilysourcing@penna.com

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