Service Manager Children with Disabilities

  • Location

    Chester, Cheshire

  • Sector:

    Public Sector

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  • Salary:

    £45.00 - £45.97 per hour + Umbrella

  • Contact:

    Craig Davis

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  • Published:

    3 months ago

  • Duration:

    3 months

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OneTrue are recruiting for a committed Service Manager to work full time within the Children's Disability Service based in Chester. The ideal applicant will have previous experience working in the same or a similar service, be very dedicated, personable and willing to contribute positively to the team and service to ensure the best and most appropriate outcomes are delivered. Applicants must have previous experience working with UK statutory services and hold valid HCPC registration.


The pay rate for this Service Manager role is £45.00 + £0.97 AWR (Umbrella Company) per hour and is an ongoing contract.


Choose OneTrue for the market leading locum package

* Free DBS and compliance service

* Access to roles first increasing chances of selection for interview

* Discounted FCSA Umbrella company rates (£10 per timesheet) available

* Access to a wide selection of social work positions across the UK

* "Placement Continuity Bonus" of £250 per 500 hours worked

* "Referral Bonus" £250 for each referral you make that achieves 100 hours in placement through OneTrue


Requirements of the Service Manager

* Degree or equivalent in social work

* Current HCPC registration

* Substantial leadership experience in Children's services or related area of work, with particular focus on the areas of responsibility in the Job Description

* Working experience as a social worker in Children's services, with a particular focus in the area of children and young people with disabilities

* Ability to lead and motivate teams of staff to deliver high quality services

* Ability to lead and manage change in a complex public services environment

* Track record in achieving improved outcomes

* Ability to work in partnership with other agencies to deliver improved services

* Experience in effective financial management and achievement of value for money

* Excellent knowledge of relevant legislation, guidance and other policies in services for children and young people, with particular focus on the areas of responsibility in the Job Description

* Excellent written and verbal communication skills

* Ability to discuss, present, negotiate, involve and communicate with children, colleagues, partners, staff and public

* Strong commitment to probity, honesty and openness in all aspects of work

* Strong commitment to equality of opportunity and the valuing of diversity

* Good team player with a willingness to work with others to create improved outcomes

* Conscientious, reliable, enthusiastic and self-motivated

* The ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English

* A willingness to work outside normal office hours if required

* Ability to travel as required.


Specific Role Information

This is an interim post, 2/3 days a week, for a period of approximately 9 months to carry out the strategic element of the post.


Specific Duties:

1. Provide high quality strategic leadership in the delivery of services for disabled children and young people especially in relation to the assessment of need, placement, monitoring of provision and evaluating their outcomes

2. Lead the development of a resource allocation system for disabled children and young people, working with corporate services including finance and ICT to ensure an efficient and fair way of administering funds/support based on need

3. Lead on the Council's policy for residential provision in Special Schools liaising with teams/services in the Children and Young People's Directorate, Special School Head Teachers and the Finance Team (especially with regard to DSG funding of Special Schools) including overnight short breaks

4. Ensure that there is coherency of provision for disabled children and young people across education, health, social care, integrated early support, etc. Work with managers in the SEN team to ensure there is integrated assessment for disabled children and young people

5. Establish and Chair a multiagency panel that will be responsible for consistent application of thresholds for disabled children and young people and their access to resources

6. Ensure that case management services and systems comply with legislation, government guidance, policies and procedures and support partner agencies to adopt this approach, so that all services for disabled children and young people are outcome focused and that all staff are highly motivated, skilled and customer orientated

7. Provide senior operational and strategic leadership and management of multi-agency early help, prevention and statutory case management services, across a range of locally based settings in respect of disabled children and young people

8. Ensure that service pathways are implemented and regularly reviewed to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery. When required, manage SLA's and contracts put in place to meet the needs of disabled children and young people across the borough

9. Be the lead contact for the service in relation to statutory social care, LSCB and Serious Case Reviews ensuring the dissemination of key learning or implementation of agreed practice change from Serious Case Reviews, Practice Learning Reviews and auditing is shared and embedded in practice across the service

10. Ensure that the Council's in-house overnight and community short breaks services provides good quality, value for money services that improve outcomes for disabled children and their families, working with wider services such as social care and family support

11. Ensure that there is coherence between personal budgets for education, health and care, working with SEN and NHS partners.


Duties for All Senior Managers:

1. Lead, develop and implement service development and improvement activity to achieve high quality and high performance

2. Lead quality assurance activity to ensure practice is of consistently high quality, meets all statutory requirements and complies with national and local policies and procedures to ensure that the service is prepared for an Ofsted Inspection

3. Deploy and manage staff, promote learning and development through supervision, appraisal and training using the directorate workforce development plan to ensure that all services work within the directorate business planning framework and all teams have clear objectives with service, team and individual targets which are regularly monitored and reported

4. Evaluate the impact services have on improving outcomes through ensuring that the Holistic Reporting processes for the service are carried out in a way that monitors impact and contributes to improving the Directorate and outcomes for children and young people

5. Manage service budgets to ensure that services provide value for money and that Collaborative Planning is carried out in accordance with the Council's procedures

6. Promote positive and constructive relationships between the Children and Young People's Directorate with service users, settings, schools and providers to ensure that their views inform service delivery and improvements where required

7. Manage Service Level Agreements and contracts put in place to meet the needs of children and young people in Cheshire West and Chester and work collaboratively with commissioners to ensure that commissioned services are appropriate, value for money and produce the required impact

8. Advise the Director, Strategic Director and Elected Members on the strategic and operational matters related to the specific responsibilities of the post to ensure agreed outcomes for Children Young People are met.



The Service Manager vacancy is managed by Craig Davis; if you are interested in applying for this position, please click below to apply now.

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