Social Worker -Head of Service Safeguarding People

Location Wrexham, Wrexham, Wales
Salary £31.27 - £33.87 per hour
Head of Service for Safeguarding and Quality Assurance post, to support children social care for the next 3 months while a restructure of social care takes place. the post is to manage the safeguarding team, over see the Quality Assurance of the department and manager prevention team. There is support from the Head of Service for Children Social Care and a strong committed senior management team.

   To contribute to the overall management, planning and performance of the Adult Social Care and Prevention & Social Care Department, as a full member of the Management Teams and hence to the management of the Council as a whole.

         To contribute to and share in the management, effective delivery and monitoring of Children’s Services objectives as described in the Department’s Single Plan, the National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services, Adult Business Plan, Statutory Frameworks, Social Services WellBeing Bill and national government circulars. This will involve working in new and challenging situations with the need to respond to diverse issues with wide ranging service and policy implications.

         To effectively manage risk at an operational and strategic level.

         To operate in accordance with objectives, targets and timescales laid down by the Head of Prevention & Social Care.

       To have overall responsibility for the commissioning, planning and performance of a wide range of Safeguarding services. 

       To ensure that services delivered by the Department are based upon proper assessment of the needs and wishes of service users and offer appropriate choice and personal control.

        To ensure that services are delivered in an accessible way and are responsive to the needs of local communities across the Borough.

       To provide strategic leadership, direction and support to appropriate managers responsible for the management of services across the Department and those involved in regional collaborative services and to ensure that effective links are made between services carrying out work across a range of major functions; advising the Council on high level complex issues; and acting on behalf of the Council.

       To establish clear budget management discipline within a system of delegated budgets across the Prevention & Social Care Department to ensure that spending remains in budget.

       To ensure that the performance of the service is regularly reviewed and maintained and that performance management is embedded in the service.

     Strategic Liaison and partnership working with other services throughout the County Borough and wider region, in particular with Health and Voluntary/Independent Sector Organisations.

       To liaise and work closely as appropriate with elected Members on Safeguarding issues, to attend and report as required to meetings of relevant County Committees/meetings.

      To develop effective processes of communication with employees throughout the Department, training programmes and health and safety policies, and to monitor the effectiveness of such arrangements.

       To respond to national, regional and local agencies, as these relate to improving outcomes for families in Wrexham.

       To deputise for the Head of Prevention & Social Care in his/her absence.

        To undertake such other duties as may be allocated by the Head of Prevention & Social Care.  This may include rotation into other Head of Services roles assigned to other areas of work.

 The post will involve making recommendations for change, implementation of change and subsequent evaluations of the change.  The post will also involve managing significant financial resources including external grants.