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Service Leader Children's Homes

Children’s Social Care Jobs, Portsmouth City Council Jobs

Reference: 3255-3959

Job details


Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AL

Job type

Part time, Permanent


£30,705-£34,514 per annum (£51,175-£57,524 full time equivalent) 22.5 hours week

Closing date

27/08/2020 11:59 pm

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

An opportunity has arisen for a Service Leader within our Children, Families and Education Service specifically to focus on Children’s Residential Homes.  We are seeking an inspirational, committed and motivated individual who can support strategic development projects which contribute to the service delivering high standards of care.

The Children, Families & Education Service provide social work/care support and intervention with children, young people and their parents/carers. This includes Children in Need of Support, Protection and Care, including Care Leavers, Children with Disabilities and Young People who offend and/or are at risk of exploitation. The service also provides a range of placement options for children who are in the care of the local authority including foster care and residential care, adoption and other care arrangements with Special Guardians and Connect Persons.

Your new role

We are looking for a Service Leader to support this ambition and to lead a service of 3 Children’s Homes, driving forward improvement work across the whole service through strong leadership to achieve the best outcomes for the children in our care.

You will build and develop excellent working relationships with the child care teams to ensure placement stability, contributing to strategic and operational planning and service developments in line with legislative changes and government guidance. 

You will be responsible for the supervision of Registered Managers to assist with complex decision making processes on individual children, and develop and embed a Quality Assurance Framework to support continual learning and development across all homes. 

Ensure management of services is in line with the National Minimum Standards and Children’s Homes Regulations 2011, conduct a review of the homes Statement of Purpose and make recommendations to Senior Managers and Members where a change of purpose is required. 

What you’ll need to succeed

The successful applicant will be an experienced social worker who understands the value of social work intervention with very vulnerable children and their families, and who has substantial experience of management.

You will have a Social Work Diploma/Degree/MSc (or equivalent) and be Social Work England registered.  A Level 5 management qualification (or working towards one) is also essential.

You will have excellent organisational and communication skills, and take pride in everything you do.

You will be curious and creative and above all have a ‘can do’ attitude. You will be able to work as part of a team and ensure that front-line practice contributes to strategic priorities.

Knowledge of the framework of legislation underpinning the service; the Children Act 1989 & 2000; the Children’s Homes National Minimum Standards and the Children’s Homes Regulations 2011.

What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. Annual leave starts at 26 days going up to 30 days and staff discounts for travel and local shops. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career.

What next

Please read the “Job Profile” to ensure your application meets the requirements of the role and you fully demonstrate how you meet the points on the job profile. If you wish to send a CV, please consider a cover letter outlining why you are the perfect candidate for this position.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Sarah Daly, Deputy Director on 02392 841154

Applications via email should be sent to:

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Partnership safer recruitment procedures. 

Closing time/date – Midnight, 27th August 2020

Applications received after this may not be considered.

Interviews will be scheduled for week commencing 31st August 2020

You will need to demonstrate that you have the Right to Work in the UK. No post will be offered without it.


How to apply


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