Job Description

Children’s Services

Practice Improvement Manager

Make a difference for Tameside children

Do you want to be part of a service that uses a relationship strength-based approach to work collaboratively with families?
If so, we have an exciting opportunity that may be just perfect for you!

The role

We are recruiting to the position of Practice Improvement Manager. This represents a real opportunity for the right person to help us drive Children’s Social Care performance and improvement.
This role will have a key focus on quality assurance in order to enrich and ensure a high quality of practice when working with children and their families.
You will work closely with the Head of Service, Safeguarding and Quality Assurance to review performance data and identify areas of risk in performance that may require further investigation. Ensure the implementation and delivery of the Quality Assurance Framework is aligned with the Local Authority’s practice model Signs of Safety. This will be delivered by way of an agreed programme of audit and quality assurance activity across Children’s Services to ensure continual improvement and best practice.
You will oversee the implementation of a robust audit schedule and quality assurance process that meets external inspection requirements and enables Children’s Services to monitor, evaluate and continually improve the effectiveness of its arrangements to safeguard children in Tameside. This will include, ensuring the Quality Assurance Framework aligned to the Local Authority’s practice framework Signs of safety is implemented and planned audit activity takes place in a timely way.

What we are looking for

You will be an experienced Social Work Manager who is highly motivated, committed and passionate about making a difference to the lives of children, young people and families.
Amongst other things you will be professionally curious with a determination to raise standards and achieve improved outcomes for children and their families.
You will establish and maintain strong effective relationships with our partners to deliver effective support for children, young people and families. You will collaborate with others to create the best results and strengthen partnership working.
You will have a robust knowledge and understanding of statutory requirements and professional standards in quality assurance activity. You will have the ability to work collaboratively with partners supporting engagement with multi agency audits facilitated by the Safeguarding Executive. You will have sound social work knowledge and competent IT skills to enable you to design bespoke audit tools to support deep dive / thematic and practice week audit activity aligned to Signs of Safety, whilst supporting auditors to identify the impact of practice with a focus on qualitative outcomes.
With a keen eye for detail you will be able to analyse audit outcomes and provide good quality written qualitative and quantitative reports to Senior Managers, Scrutiny panel and other forums as appropriate. . You will maintain clear tracking and closing the loop systems.
Additionally you will work alongside the Workforce Development Team and take a leading role in modelling and improving practice across the whole of the children’s workforce. You will take a lead role in delivering practice development workshops that emerge from audit findings to drive improvement, and achieve best practice with the ability to provide high support and high challenge.

About us

Tameside is a forward-looking borough, committed to safeguarding our community and maximising the wellbeing of our residents, protecting the most vulnerable and putting people at the forefront of services to ensure that every decision supports our boroughs economic growth and self-sufficiency.
The provision of Children’s Services in Tameside is a key priority for the Council and we are committed to achieving the best outcomes for Children and Young People. We have invested heavily in Tameside Children’s Services to support capacity whilst at the same time continuing to have great ambition for the services that support its most vulnerable children and families in providing care and protection.
We are committed to multidisciplinary approach to help shape our joint arrangements in a consistent and collaborative culture. Signs of Safety has been introduced as our overarching practice model, to also help transform our approach to how we deliver services across all our services and partnerships.
You will be working with a highly committed workforce, partners and colleagues striving to deliver even better outcomes for children and young people in the borough and to be the best they can be.
We recognise that our staff are our most important resource and asset. In Tameside, our values underpin our practice and behaviours and they are at the heart of everything that we do:
· Support
· Trust
· Respect
· Integrity
· Value Difference
· Engage

You will receive regular supervision and work in a supportive culture where we are ambitious about delivering an effective service. We listen to our staff and act on feedback in a variety ways through having regular team meetings, employee engagement sessions and staff surveys.
Our comprehensive workforce development programme provides lots of opportunities to help you grow and develop your career. The peer support you will also receive is second to none.

What's on offer for the Social Worker

· Excellent competitive pay rate – paid weekly!

· Excellent management structure with experienced leaders

· Desirable location with excellent transport links

· A stable and well-supported working environment

You must have:

  • A professional qualification in social work and experience of working with Children's
  • Social Work England registration.
  • Post qualified experience.
  • Enhanced DBS/Update service.
  • References required for the last 5 years of employment.

Benefits of working with

  • Free on-going training opportunities upon registering as part of our commitment to you.
  • Competitive Rates of pay
  • In house payroll, providing weekly payments and support
  • Enhanced DBS completed.
  • Support and expert advice from an approachable, dedicated and friendly team
  • An assigned dedicated & experienced consultant
  • Various employment opportunities in your preferred geographical area
  • Flexible hours to meet your needs, full or part time
  • Recommend a friend bonus scheme
  • “Find your own job” bonus – get £250 for bringing your own position to us *

If you would like to find out more information about this role, or the other opportunities have available feel free to click the 'Apply' button below or contact the team on 0161 4199285**