Child Protection Conference Chair
Buckinghamshire County Council is at the heart of the community delivering essential services seven days a week, all year round to over half million plus residents, businesses and visitors. Touching the lives of everyone, the Council provides over 100 services from childcare to countryside parks, schools to social care and from roads to the registry office. From over 500 different locations, more than 10,000 employees work hard to meet the challenge of delivering outstanding service across a portfolio of services.
These are exciting times for Children’s Services in Buckinghamshire. We have made a lot of progress in our improvement journey and have recently embarked on a transformation programme to take forward our services to ensure children receive the right service at the right time to meet their needs. For us, it means a significant culture shift. For the children and families that we work with, it means a service that’s more adaptable, innovative and responsive to their needs. For you, it’s an opportunity to bring your significant experience to this role and drive forward our improvement journey.
The Conferencing Service is a valued and embedded service, which works collaboratively with key partners, children and families. We are looking for a Child Protection Chair to chair Child Protection Conferences, according to statutory requirements.
About the role
You will chair Child Protection Conferences, leading decision making and developing Child Protection Plans with the child’s voice clearly evident. You will monitor the progress of Child Protection Plans bi-monthly between conferences, ensuring quality assurance oversight and challenging any shortfalls in practice or resources.
You will be a Qualified Social Worker (DipSW or equivalent) with at least five years post qualifying experience, including in Child Protection and Care Planning. You will have extensive knowledge of the service area, partner relationships and wider sector/external influences. You will have extensive experience of chairing and managing meetings with professionals, children and families. In return we offer you a safe working environment where you will receive excellent training, development and peer development forums. You will have regular, high quality one to one supervision sessions.
Buckinghamshire County Council is entering one of the most exciting periods of change in its history. We’re looking to become a more agile, commercial and digitally-focussed organisation. The aim? Benefit our residents and shape our county for the future. With substantial investment in place, we now need people who are determined to make this transformation happen. In return, we offer some of the best benefits around. Everything from a good work-life balance and flexible working to discounted public transport and sports centre membership. To recognise the high demand for your skills the salary we currently offer includes a 6% market factor enhancement, which is reviewed annually. Additionally, you will receive a Golden Hello payment of £2,125 upon the successful completion of your probationary period, a crucial to post car allowance of £300 per annum paid monthly and a Relocation Allowance (if applicable) up to £8K.
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