Short Break Co-ordinator
Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of Disabled Children, Young People and their families? Brent Council presents a unique opportunity for you to work with our children and families.
Come and Grow your Career in Brent. There has never been a better time to join Brent.
We are an Ofsted rated “Good” authority and we are rated “Outstanding” for the service we provide children in care and care leavers.
Brent is a tremendously vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. Spanning both inner and outer London, it is a borough of huge contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make up. Brent’s diversity is evident to all who visit our borough and our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a place that is truly unique and valued by those who live and work here.
The council is pursuing a far-reaching transformation agenda that better meets the needs of our community so it is an exciting time to join us, where we as staff and managers are ambitious for our children and young people, the lived experience of our children and young people is at heart of our social work practice.
The strong leadership at a political level and throughout the council has resulted in significant improvement in the quality of social work practice for children since the last inspection. The care of children and care leavers is outstanding. Firm foundations are now in place to facilitate good or better social work to flourish. Ofsted May 2018.
We have completed our restructuring, which enables us to offer continuity of services to our children and families from 0 to 25 in line with The Children and Families Act 2014, SEND Code of Practice 2015 and other relevant legislation and guidance.
Successful candidate will be part of a team of social workers, social work assistants, and children occupational therapists to provide direct service to disabled children and young people and support our vision of improving education, health and well-being outcomes for our disabled children and young people working in partnership with schools, health colleagues and other local partners to improve outcomes and prepare children and young people for adulthood.
We are looking for a person with at least two years of experience of working with disabled children, their families and providers of services in statutory or voluntary sector with excellent communication skills, experienced and enthusiastic about working with children, young people, young adults, their families and providers of service.
This role will offer you the opportunity to be part of a permanent team at our newly established Disabled Children and Young People Service (0-25). You will have supportive managers and you will work within a dedicated team of colleagues with good knowledge around disabled children and young people. You will be provided with regular monthly supervision and annual appraisal to help you grow.
Our benefits and support package to staff is extensive, comparing favourably with other London boroughs. We offer:
• A training passport and a minimum of 10 days training per year. Our learning opportunities are designed to enhance direct practice through the Brent Practice Framework.
• Probably the best supportive technology amongst London local authorities – through the use of iPhones and laptops.
• A modern and vibrant work environment within Wembley Park or our brand new office currently being built in Willesden.
• A culture of flexible working that reduces barriers for effective working – supported by technology and other resources such as Zipcars.
• Generous Local Government Pension Scheme.
• A host of other rewards and benefits such as a childcare deposit loan scheme, reduced cost gym membership, cycle to work scheme plus many more.
Closing Date: 3 November 2019 (23:00)
Assessment & Interview Date: To Be Confirmed
Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community.
Applications are particularly welcome from people with disabilities and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) applicants as they are under-represented across the council.
All organisations and individuals who work with children and young people, or are involved in providing services for them have a duty to safeguard and promote their welfare.
We are committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Before you join Brent Council, you will need to provide your National Insurance (NI) number and undergo a Home Office Standard I.D. check.
All successful applicants will be required to apply for an ‘Enhanced' DBS Disclosure.
Please note CVs will not be considered as part of your application for this position.