Head of Looked After Children, Care Leavers and Youth Justice - Circa 71k + 8k relocation allowance

Our ambition is to improve outcomes for children and young people, where a young person's background doesn't limit where they get to in life.

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  • If you share our passion to deliver improved outcomes for children, we'd like to hear from you!

To achieve a children and young people’s centred approach we have an employee centred approach to learning, professional development and transparent leadership.

As a result, North Yorkshire has a reputation for delivering high quality services. Our Children and Young People’s Service is nationally recognised for excellence.

We are proud of our successful Ofsted outcomes and award winning innovation programmes and we take a lead in sharing best practice nationally. A recent Local Government Association peer review referred to our Children’s Services as outstanding and providing a beacon for other authorities grappling with the challenges of delivering excellent outcomes for families and children while operating under a constrained budget.

We are an authority which is financially stable as a result of our grip on performance and resources. Our ability to spend the Yorkshire pound astutely allows you to forge forward with innovative practice.

Beyond having a strong track record and national recognition, we are a learning organisation and we truly understand the importance of evolving and creating an inclusive environment for social work to flourish. 

We know that strengthening families to manage, rather than avoid risk improves outcomes for our children and we replicate this approach with our staff. We develop and empower staff to work within a strengths based approach, supported by transparent leadership that is wrapped around our teams and staff. The result is a united responsibilities and supportive learning culture.

North Yorkshire has been chosen to lead an £84 million Government roll out to councils across the UK, which includes our ground-breaking programme to support children and young people at risk of entering care.

North Yorkshire is one of only three councils in the country (the other two are Leeds and Hertfordshire) to share £84 million in a landmark initiative called the Strengthening Families Protecting Children programme. The aim of this programme is for councils to work together to develop their services to become more successful in supporting young people on the edge of care to reconnect with their families and reduce risky behaviour.

Already North Yorkshire has been supporting Middlesbrough as a trailblazer to adopt its ground-breaking No Wrong Door programme. Over the next five years we will also support Rochdale, Redcar and Cleveland, Norfolk, Warrington and Leicester City.

North Yorkshire has used the Signs of Safety model for over ten years and this is well embedded across our practice system. Our strengths based practice model includes the use of systemic practice, family finding, restorative approaches and family conferencing to support our ambition to keep children safe living with their families and networks. This work is supported by outstanding strategic and operational partnership working and further enhanced by a team of embedded clinical psychologists and speech and language professionals. We have a clear workforce strategy appropriately funded to continually develop our workforce at every level and therefore a comprehensive understanding of these methods is not required. However, you will need to be passionate about delivering services in collaboration with families which make a real and sustainable difference to their lives.

We pride ourselves on our confident workforce, who feel safe and are very well supported through the challenges and uncertainties that exist in managing complex risk.

We are a Partner in Practice for the Department for Education, an exemplar children’s service which supports and works alongside other authorities to share good practice and develop long-term and sustainable high performance. No Wrong Door has attracted national awards for innovation in social work practice and the county’s children’s services are judged outstanding by Ofsted in all categories. However, we remain ambitious for continuous improvement and recognise the benefits of people coming from outside North Yorkshire, who bring new ideas and examples of excellent practice, irrespective of inspection ratings in their current organisation. 

As a large authority with well managed resources, this enables us to work creatively and provide the necessary foundations for great social work to excel.

Support is embedded in our system with direct access to highly skilled professionals from different fields of practice. This includes embedded Clinical Psychologists, Speech and Language, Police Intelligence and Officers alongside exceptional data and intelligence analysts. We also invest significantly in the right business support to help professionals at all levels concentrate on what they do best. This includes Case Support Workers and Team Support Workers in all our Social Work Teams. We have maintained a very high level of investment in Early Help over recent years to ensure our statutory work is focussed in the right place and we have mainstreamed our Strengthening Families programme. We have strong practice and partnership around complex issues such as exploitation and contextual safeguarding and an excellent Safeguarding Partnership.

North Yorkshire has reduced its Looked After Children population by 17 per cent and is now at 36 / 10,000 as opposed to the national average of 65 / 10,000 and our region of 74 / 10,000. This is managed well through culture change, panel discussions, high cost monitoring and scrutiny of admissions and discharges. We have safely released £3 million from our Looked After Children budget over the past eight years.

Job Title: Head of LAC
Salary: Circa £71k and a relocation package of up to £8k (Grade SM2)
Location: Within North Yorkshire County. The service very much promotes flexible working with the ability to work remotely from other bases, as well as working from home. Exceptional technology, providing all the equipment to support home based working
Hours: Full-time
Contract: Permanent 

To achieve a children and young people’s centred approach we have an employee centred approach to learning, professional development and transparent leadership. As a result, North Yorkshire has a reputation for delivering high quality services. Our Children and Young People’s Service is nationally recognised for excellence. 

We are proud of our successful Ofsted outcomes and award winning innovation programmes and we take a lead in sharing best practice nationally. A recent Local Government Association peer review referred to our Children’s Services as outstanding and providing a beacon for other authorities grappling with the challenges of delivering excellent outcomes for families and children while operating under a constrained budget. 

We are an authority which is financially stable as a result of our grip on performance and resources. Our ability to spend the Yorkshire pound astutely allows you to forge forward with innovative practice. Beyond having a strong track record and national recognition, we are a learning organisation and we truly understand the importance of evolving and creating an inclusive environment for social work to flourish. 

About the role 

You will be passionate and aspirational for the children and families throughout North Yorkshire and providing an outstanding service to all. 

You will be a key member of an ambitious and experienced strategic operational management team within the Children and Families Service and be responsible for (but not limited to):

  • Ensuring delivery of the functional service area in accordance with current legislative requirements, all relevant policies and procedures and to agreed performance targets;
  • Communicating to diverse stakeholder groups (internal and external i.e. internally, Children’s Social Care Teams, Education, Adult Social Care externally PCT, CAMHS, Ofsted) to influence and persuade in order to build continuous commitment to service development and performance;
  • Work effectively to promote best outcomes for Children and Families and ensure effective collaboration with other stakeholders such as schools;
  • Work closely with other senior managers to ensure the Children and Young People’s Service works seamlessly to deliver the best possible outcomes to Children & Families through a shared vision, strategy and practice 
  • Be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people that you are responsible for and come into contact with
  • Drive a culture of “working with” families through a strengths based model of practice  
  • You will be welcomed and supported by a truly inspirational team and you can be safe in the knowledge that you have a rock solid foundation to make your mark and enjoy both personal and professional success. 

What we can offer

As well as the above, we can also offer an attractive benefits package. This will include; flexible working hours, a local government pension scheme, family friendly leave, salary sacrifice, learning and development packages, employee discount benefits, opportunities for career progression working across a diverse client base and access to a range of technologies to support modern and agile ways of working. 

The role has a flexible base; as a council we are very much committed to encouraging flexible working for our employees, arranged around the demands of the role. You can work from bases across the county as well as working from home. Our head office is in Northallerton, therefore visibility here and throughout the county is required in this leadership role. If you share our passion to deliver improved outcomes for children, we would really like to hear from you. 
 

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About you

We are now looking for an insightful leader, who is ambitious, confident and resilient in challenging practice and holding staff and each other to account within a supportive learning culture. Working successfully with key stakeholders is second nature to you and your personal drive will take key service managers with us; to realise our ambition. As you already know what excellent practice looks like, you exude confidence in using your personal professional practice to effect any change required. 

You will constantly strive for the highest quality, cutting edge children’s social care to be delivered across North Yorkshire, supporting and protecting children and young people in the best possible way. You can work at scale, adapt to the challenges and ensure consistency when working at a distance, maintaining visibility across your teams.  Your career with us will mean much more than just a salary. There is great opportunity here to get to grips with some really exciting, innovative, high impact and ground breaking work. 

Benefits 

You will receive the very best support, working alongside some talented and inspirational people. Benefits - we will provide you with training and learning in areas such as systemic practice, signs of safety and the internationally recognised model of family finding. We will support you with over £5,000 of development in your first year with us. Investment in your continuous professional development continues throughout your career with us. A number of Heads of Service across North Yorkshire have used their experience to transition into senior regional and national roles. 

As well as the above, we can also offer an attractive benefits package. This will include; flexible working hours, a local government pension scheme, family friendly leave, salary sacrifice, learning and development packages, employee discount benefits, opportunities for career progression working across a diverse client base and access to a range of technologies to support modern and agile ways of working.

The role has a flexible base; as a council we are very much committed to encouraging flexible working for our employees, arranged around the demands of the role. You can work from bases across the county as well as working from home. Our head office is in Northallerton, therefore visibility here and throughout the county is required in this leadership role.

If you share our passion to deliver improved outcomes for children, we would really like to hear from you. 

How to apply

***This role has now closed***

 

We're looking for a Head of LAC with the passion and ambition to improve outcomes for children and young people in North Yorkshire, where a young person's background doesn't limit where they get to in life.

Key dates

Closing date: 13 December 2020
Telephone conversations: 14 to 18 December 2020
Interviews: 8 January 2021

Contact us

For more information or an informal discussion about this role, please contact Martin Kelly, Assistant Director - Children and Young People's Service, on 01609 536425 or email Martin.Kelly@northyorks.gov.uk.

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To apply for this role via our application form, please click the ‘Apply’ button below or you can apply by sending your CV & covering letter to ResourcingSolutions@northyorks.gov.uk (subject: FAO Leanne ref Head of LAC)

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Working for us - what we can offer you

We can offer you a range of employee benefits, including a competitive salary, generous leave entitlement, a government pension scheme and access to our ‘Everybody Benefits’ package, which includes a variety of retail discounts. 

You will be fully enabled through mobile kit to work in a highly agile way at locations across designated local authorities.

We can offer you a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Modern flexible working practices;
  • A local government pension scheme;
  • Family friendly leave;
  • Salary sacrifice, employee cash backs and discounts schemes; and
  • Learning, development and career advancement opportunities.

We can offer you multiple opportunities for career progression working across diverse services and with access to a range of technologies to support modern and agile ways of working.

As a council we are very much committed to encouraging flexible working for our employees, which will include using modern technologies to connect with clients, working from other bases across the county as well as working from home.

You can find out more about working for the council and the benefits we offer here.