From Good to Outstanding – Lead and support practice that matters in Brent
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.
In Brent Children and Young People’s Department;
“Senior leaders recognise and prioritise the needs of children and young people. They focus their attention on the things that matter and inspire staff to perform well." (Ofsted 2018)
The principal social worker has a primary role in supporting and developing frontline practice through hands on support to teams working directly with children and families. Getting alongside social workers, leading and enabling group supervision, and raising the confidence of practitioners to develop collaborative safety plans with families and their networks are the core tasks of this crucial leader. Chairing the practice development group, you will lead on the implementation of strategies to embed the Brent Practice Framework and overseeing the learning and development offer for the Children and Young People’s Department. The PSW is an integral leader in the organisation, modelling curiosity and clear expectations in the management of risk and appreciation and collaboration in the development of interventions across all services.
Despite nearing the end of our Innovation project to embed Signs of Safety as our core way of working across the Department, we continue to gain momentum as we embed new practices. Group supervision is expanding across teams, increased numbers of staff are being trained in the model and we continue to strip away bureaucracy to enable focus on practice that matters.
Alongside your extensive experience in the assessment of risk and development of collaborative intervention plans you embody a deep appreciation for the resilience and capacities of children, young people and families. You rally against unnecessary use of power in statutory social work and show creativity and persistence in your direct work. You have a track record of innovation, using your in-depth knowledge of approaches and methods including Signs of Safety, to support teams and practitioners to let go of old ways of working and focus on building partnerships with families. Reflection on your position and curiosity about others form the foundation of your practice and approach to working collaboratively with families and colleagues.
Closing Date: 28 September 2021 (23:00)
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. We positively encourage all applicants to self-identify their characteristics in the diversity survey section in the application.
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. Applicants should be aware that posts working with children, young people and vulnerable adults are subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.
Brent has a positive approach to flexible working.
As a disability confident employer Brent welcomes applications from people with all disabilities, including hidden disabilities and mental health conditions. We will interview any disabled applicant who meets the essential criteria. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to any part of the recruitment process due to your disability, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note CVs will not be considered as part of your application for this.