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The successful candidate will manage the Placements and Commissioning Team providing services for Children needing foster care, residential, secure welfare or supported accommodation.
The postholder will manage the arrangements for commissioning services for Children in Need and Looked After Children and care leavers. The Team’s priorities are to ensure that children and young people are living in suitable accommodation, have opportunities to engage in education, employment or training, and are able to contribute positively within their local communities, in line with the Department’s Placements Sufficiency Strategy
Manage the the Placements and Commissioning Team to commission and deliver placements and services, which are of a high quality (and appropriate to the assessed needs of children and young people).
Ensure that statutory duties are complied with and that placement activity is conducive to the total care of the individual in line with Children Act 1989, Care Standards Act 2000 and other appropriate legislation; Departmental child-care policies and the Service’s procedures and practice guidance.
Quality assure commissioned and intenal placements ,including visiting provision across the country.
Maintain quality, performance management, information and reporting systems, in relation to service providers, outcomes for children placed, including evaluating the effectiveness of the commissioned resources and data analysis.
Ensure a high profile to anti-discriminatory practice and the provision of services appropriate to the children and young people's particular needs, including their age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, language, religion and cultural heritage
Promote corporate parenting and inter-agency responsibility for young people looked after by the Council.
A professional qualification in health, social care or education
Training in anti –discriminatory practice
Significant post-qualifying experience.
Significant experience of working with Looked After Children and Young People who have complex needs.
Experience of supervising students and/or staff
Experience of providing and/or commissioning services for vulnerable service users
Experience of directly managing budgets and financial monitoring systems
Knowledge of children’s services legislation, regulation and national minimum and Quality standards and associated guidance in relation to looked after children’s placements
You must be willing to work irregular hours including evenings and weekends.
Please note that the successful candidate must be willing and able to travel across the country.
For further information about this post, please contact Georgina Oreffo on 0116 454 4506 or via email on Georgina.Oreffo@leicester.gov.uk
As well as the satisfaction of helping to improve thousands of lives across Leicester, you can look forward to a work environment that encourages a healthy balance between you work life and your personal life. You’ll enjoy generous annual leave entitlement, membership of the excellent Local Government Pension Scheme and the option of flexible working. We’ll also give you the chance to develop your skills and expertise with a variety of training and development opportunities and career pathways. In addition, you can choose from a number of flexible benefits, including our fantastic salary sacrifice car scheme, big discounts at high-street outlets, childcare vouchers, discounts on city buses and trains, we may also be able help with relocation expenses if you are moving to the City, or need help with commuting costs.
* Please note that the total package number includes pension contribution and full holiday entitlement, including bank holidays.
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