Child Protection Conference Chair
This is an opportunity to be part of Europe’s largest local authority. To deliver a Child Protection Service for a culturally vibrant city of over 1 million people and a directorate that’s committed to being the best it can possibly be.
Children’s Services in Birmingham is coming out of a very difficult period, but real changes are now in place and we’re investing £9 million this year alone. With our robust procedures and a dedicated administrative team, you’ll have the seamless support you need to drive the development of our child protection and safeguarding service.
About the role
You will chair our child protection conferences along with complex inter-agency safeguarding meetings with the aim of ensuring we meet all local and national performance targets. We’ll need you to challenge any practice examples that don’t meet our required standards, to scrutinise our child protection plans and to resolve any issues of practice and planning with our staff and managers. Your role will also involve meeting with families before their conference gets underway, making sure they’re clear about its purpose and their role in it, that any specific needs are met, and that families are involved in the planning process. During the conferences themselves, you will set out the purpose of the Strengthening Families Framework and ensure that everyone involved is given the opportunity to express their views. Ultimately, the final decision for the child protection plans will be in your hands.
You should have worked with – or have a knowledge of – the Strengthening Families Framework and this will be backed up by your experience of using the principles of solution-focused therapy and restorative practice. Collaborative in your approach, your communication and relationship-building skills will be second to none.
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Closing date: 31 October 2014.