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Head of Provider Services – Kent

Job details

Job Category: Social Care
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Chatham Kent ME4
Reference: SW131023

iPeople SC Solutions is currently recruiting for Head of Provider Services for our client based in Medway and surrounding areas.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic leadership, vision and direction to the service areas within Provider Services, taking a lead role on the development of relevant strategies, policies, procedures, programmes and projects.
  • Maintain a strategic oversight of the Council’s ambitious new sufficiency plan, nurturing strong, positive relationships with key stakeholders to ensure greater stability for our children in care.
  • Provide a strategic oversight of children’s placements and be the interface between Children’s Services and Commissioning ensuring Children’s Services has a comprehensive understanding of expenditure, how much is being spent and the impact it is having. To include predictions of future expenditure related to changing demand, using scenario modelling to help plan commissioning.
  • Lead for Adoption Partnership South East (London Borough of Bexley, Kent County Council (Host) and Medway Council)
  • To contribute to the operational management and strategic development of the wider service as a member of the Children’s Services Management Team.
  • To be accountable for the service area budget, ensuring effective monitoring and analysing of spend in order to ensure services are delivered safely within budget.
  • To be accountable for the service performance through the establishment of clear targets and key performance indicators, continuously driving improvement and ensuring practice and values deliver positive outcomes for children, young people and their families.
  • To assist and deputise for the Assistant Director of Children’s Services and provide cover for other Heads of Service, as appropriate.
  • To participate in the senior management on call rota.

Essential criteria

  • Degree in Social Work
  • NVQ level 5 in Management or equivalent management qualification 
  • Extensive management experience including the management of change  
  • Significant experience directly related to the area of specialism
  • Experience in successfully planning for and contributing to the Ofsted    inspection process.
  • Extensive understanding of the legislative and policy framework around providing services to children, young people and their families.
  • Extensive project management experience.
  • Registered with Social Work England

If you are interested in this role and have the relevant experience, please apply with your CV.

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