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Rotherham LSCB Practice Auditor Ref: RMBC/18/00494

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Children and Young Peoples Services
Safeguarding Children & Families
Based at:  Riverside House
Salary details: £38,052- £40,858 with excellent benefits 
Job details: 37 Hours, Full Time, Permanent
Closing date: 27 May 2018
Interview date:
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We are seeking to appoint a Practice Audit Consultant to the Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) Business Unit

You will undertake and co-ordinate case audit activity relating to services provided to children and their families by and on behalf of LSCB partner organisations. The purpose of the post is to positively contribute to the evaluation and continuous improvement of services provided to children and their families. 

The post holder will need to be a qualified social worker, with extensive experience of field work social work, a thorough knowledge of multi-agency working and the varying responsibilities of different professionals who may be involved with children/young people. 

This is a key role that can offer the right candidates an exciting opportunity to develop their careers with Rotherham Council Children and Young People’s Service. Help us to achieve our ambition to become outstanding and be part of our improvement journey and the transformational changes that we are making. We are committed to making sure that every child makes the best start in life and we are striving to become a child-friendly borough. Rotherham is a great place to live and work – so, come and join us.

We are seeking skilled, talented and inspirational social work professionals who can;

-         Innovate to help re-define Children and Young People’s Services

-         Promote ‘Signs of Safety’ as a strengths-based approach to building safety and family resilience

-         Develop meaningful relationships with staff via extensive learning and development opportunities,  

          including coaching and mentoring

-         Add value and make the most of available resources 

About the opportunities

Our vision is for the children and families of Rotherham to routinely experience and describe the services they receive from us, as outstanding. We intend to do that by putting the child first in everything we do and investing in providing quality learning and development programmes for all our staff.

Within the context of a new leadership team, an increasingly stable and permanent workforce and innovative best-practice improvement and transformation programmes, you will play a vital role in supporting a positive check and challenge ensuring we are supporting quality and not just compliance from an Independent RLSCB perspective. 

Practice Audit Consultant

Audit Consultants are responsible for supporting continual practice challenge and improvement on behalf of the board accordance with the RLSCB Quality Assurance Framework. Consultant Auditors help to achieve and maintain best practice standards by reviewing and analysing practice evidence and measuring this against Ofsted grade descriptors and best practice standards. Audit Consultants will be adept at coaching and mentoring practitioners and managers to ensure that meaningful engagement and accountability is achieved across the department.           

About you

We are keen to attract applicants who: 

  • Are a qualified social worker with extensive experience of field social work
  • Have a thorough knowledge of multi-agency working
  • Understand responsibilities of different professionals in this area of work
  • Can be a strategic thinker but also a practical problem-solver
  • Can think on your feet, and be agile enough to step in quickly when you need to
  • Are able to prioritise, set the pace and sometimes make tough decisions
  • Are passionate about maximising a child’s life chances
  • Are passionate, with colleagues and local children, young people and their families 
  • Are enlightened, flexible and open to new ways of doing things
  • Will care. 

If you would like to find out more about these roles please contact Rebecca Wall, Acting Head of Service, Safeguarding, Quality and Development by e-mail at Rebecca.wall@rotherham.gov.uk in the first instance.

About Yorkshire

Rotherham and the wider South Yorkshire region is a great place to live and a stone’s throw from some of the UK’s finest towns and cities, and is home to some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain. Easy to reach from Sheffield or Leeds, there are plenty of places to see, things to do and property is excellent value for money - all within a 2 hour train journey from London.

This post involves working with children and therefore if successful you will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records check at an enhanced level. Further information about the Disclosure Scheme can be found at www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check

Applications from Women, people from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities and Disabled People are welcomed as under-representation currently exists at this level within the organisation. Section 159 of the Equality Act 2010 applies.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

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