In social work, career-defining moments don’t come around very often. This is one of them. We’re looking for your expertise, passion and energy to help us turn our situation around and ensure we properly protect vulnerable children.
This is a challenge you’re unlikely to face anywhere else in the UK. Joining the passionate and expert social workers who are already here, you’ll work with different legislation and different challenges. We’re a small island and you’ll be part of the communities you work with. But because of the close community, you’ll sometimes have to transfer children off the island to safeguard them.
All this amounts to creative, bespoke, case-by-case social work, where the solutions will be every bit as unique as the problems. And while these cases will be just as complex as anywhere else, there’ll be far fewer of them, so you’ll have the time to give each child the thought and action they deserve.
Make no mistake, this is a long-term endeavour needing long-term commitment. When we say this is the biggest thing any of us have ever done, we mean it. Join a proud, determined team that is already making headway and be part of the change.
The Government of Jersey’s ambition is for the Island to be the best place for children to grow up in. But we recognise that progressing from historic failings isn’t proving easy. Our practices, systems, processes and reputation need improving – which is a long-term endeavour – but it’s one that has to happen as soon as possible, starting right now. That makes your role as Director of Safeguarding absolutely crucial. You’ll help us provide the greatest level of safety and protection for our children. Together, as one determined team, we can create the brightest future out of a traumatic past.
Our Pledge to Jersey’s Children and Young People makes children’s safety and welfare an Island-wide matter. It goes beyond Children’s Services and places responsibility on every part of the public sector. As Director of Safeguarding, you’ll be at the heart of our efforts, leading the development of outstanding safeguarding approaches and services.
You’ll be responsible for shaping and delivering a wide range of high-profile services while inspiring a large and diverse team. But to secure and embed improvements, you’ll need to think cross-functionally and set standards extremely high. That means promoting excellent practice, working closely with partners such as Health, Education, Police and the voluntary and community sector, and ensuring an effective delivery model – one that offers local, targeted, preventative family support services.
A qualified and registered social worker, you’ll bring practical skills and knowledge. Crucially, you’ve delivered effective safeguarding social work practice across the child’s journey. You’ll therefore understand the context of the wider system, including the Safeguarding Board’s role and responsibilities, as well as the political implications of managerial decisions. This impressive subject expertise comes with substantial experience at a senior level. You can shape services, manage finances and build strong connections with partners of all kinds. Now you’re ready to apply this expertise to a challenge that’s unlike any other in the UK.
A credible senior figure who’s adept at strategic and operational thinking, you’ll inspire a large team and connect with a range of influential people. Politically aware and familiar with policy and governance in your area, you’ll accelerate the great work already being done to improve the care and welfare of our children.
Perhaps you have a high-profile background in children’s safeguarding, or an outstanding track record in the wider social work arena and transformation.
Either way, you’ll bring the boundless talent we’re looking for to help lead the biggest transformation in outcomes for a generation.
For a confidential discussion about this role please contact our consultants at Penna: Julie Towers on 07764 791736, Maggie Hennessy on 07877 004648 or Anita Denton on 07725 554802 or email TeamJersey@Penna.com
Initial technical Interviews
24th and 25th July
Assessment centre (Jersey)
Final panel interviews (Jersey)
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Let’s be honest
We’re on the most important mission imaginable.
Over the last 75 years, on the island of Jersey, we haven’t done enough to protect vulnerable children. In that time scale, hundreds of young people have fallen victim to abuse, neglect and suffering. That’s not an easy thing to face up to – but correcting the failings of the past drives everything we’re doing today. With your expertise, passion and energy, we’re one step closer to achieving our goal.
We have put a bold social care plan in place. With the resources and vision to protect and support the children that we’re involved with, we are in the midst of building our social work capabilities to support the excellent team who are already on the island – and you will be at the very top of that ambition. In this independent role, you will chair Child Protection Conferences and reviews of Looked After Children. Ensuring these procedures are being held within appropriate timescales and that they are meeting the highest standards, you will be instrumental in our ongoing improvement as you contribute to the development of service standards and policy formation.
In this career-defining role, you will help us ensure that every child enjoys a safe and supported childhood, and that they go on to become fulfilled adults who contribute to island life. Benefiting from a truly beautiful location in which to call home, our team enjoy an exceptional work/leisure balance and a sense of camaraderie that is hard to imagine elsewhere. If you have children, you’ll find that Jersey’s schools outperform their mainland counterparts at every key stage.
To be equal to the challenge, you will be a registered professional with considerable post-qualification social work experience. You’ll also need to have a specialist knowledge of Children’s Services including Child Protection and Looked After Children. We know that this change won’t happen overnight, but we’re realistic about how we can make sure our measures are embedded for the long term. It’s an epic challenge that isn’t for the faint-hearted, but if you have the social skills and resilience to help us drive measurable results for Jersey’s children, then you’ll be a natural fit in our cohesive team.Apply Job Description
Jersey is on the way back and we are very keen to extend an invitation to social work students in their final year and all those in the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) to join our improvement journey. You will be well supported by enthusiastic managers who will welcome the fresh thinking and challenge that people fresh from university always offer. In return, we will give you every opportunity to develop your skills in a well-resourced service that prides itself on manageable workloads, and the opportunity to learn further from our improvement partner Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and Research in Practice (RIP) and our links with learning institutions and universities. We have supportive and engaged multi-disciplinary partners who like us are committed to get to know our service users and think creatively how we can offer high quality services to them.
If you are interested, why not speak to us to explore how you can benefit from joining our service.
Let’s be honest
We’re daring to think differently.
The island of Jersey is undeniably beautiful. It’s a great place in which to define your career potential, find the perfect work/life balance, raise a family, and make a good life for yourself. It’s also a place where not enough was done to protect vulnerable children, with the result that hundreds of children were neglected, abused and overlooked over a 75-year period. It’s a dreadful statistic, and one that we’re committed to correcting – right now, with no excuses. Quite simply, our social work team are taking on the biggest challenge of their lives – and we’d like you to be at the heart of this bold initiative.
We have put the resources and measures in place to ensure Jersey’s failings are addressed and we have a highly-skilled social work team in place to make the most of this important moment in time. Now we need to swell our numbers, so we are seeking proactive, compassionate Social Workers to lead the charge. People like you, who will take on a manageable caseload, and use their initiative to make a tangible difference to people’s lives.
Living alongside the communities that you are supporting, you will conduct comprehensive assessments and devise care and protection plans to support children and their families. You might need to make some difficult decisions regarding safeguarding issues, but with the full backing of the team and access to multi-agency partners who share your ambitions, those decisions will save and enhance lives. With exceptional communication skills and post-qualification experience or as a newly-qualified Social Worker, you will find the right level of support and responsibility to match your level of knowledge.
We’re committed to seeing this change through. It won’t happen overnight, but we have an achievable long-term goal in which our Social Workers will have the time and facilities they need to transform the wellbeing of every child who comes to our attention. Against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful islands – and the sense of community that comes with island living – this is your chance to take your career to the next level.
Let’s be honest
‘Average’ is not enough – exceptional is where we’re heading.
We need to be clear from the outset. On the island of Jersey, we haven’t done enough to protect vulnerable children in the past. - That’s not an easy thing to face up to. Every child deserves a bright future, and we are making sure that ambition becomes a reality. With a bold plan to shake up how things have previously been done, we’re looking for a number of innovative professionals to join our visionary social work team.
This is the type of challenge that you simply won’t find elsewhere. As a Senior Practitioner, you will line-manage and support your social work colleagues to ensure they’re delivering exceptional assessment and protection services. You’ll take responsibility for a small caseload of complex cases too, making difficult risk and safeguarding assessments and working with multi-agency contacts to keep children safe. In the process, you will transform lives on an unimaginable scale.
While the challenges that we face may well be similar to what you’ve previously experienced in your career, you’ll have the bonus of a manageable workload and plenty of resources – meaning you can give families and children the support they truly need. Against the backdrop of a stunning island existence where the quality of living is exceptional and your work/life balance is guaranteed, this is an opportunity to shape a brilliant future for yourself and for Jersey’s most vulnerable residents.
We know that change won’t happen overnight, but we are committed to ensuring that our plans ultimately bring about a better existence for Jersey’s children. If you’re a registered professional with post-qualification experience in social work and experience in a specialist area, then you may well be the perfect addition to our team. All you need is plenty of resilience, exceptional communication skills and a determination to be part of this important change.
Let’s be honest
We’re not afraid of change.
We need to be straight with you. On the island of Jersey, we haven’t done enough to protect vulnerable children. Over 75 years, hundreds of vulnerable children have been exposed to abuse and neglect. It’s a shocking statistic, but it’s now the past, and we’ve learnt from our very real mistakes. Today we’re looking for dynamic and motivational Team Managers to help us bring about lasting change – and you could be at the forefront of this much-needed social care movement.
As a qualified social worker, this is your opportunity to do something unique with your career. We’ve got an exceptional social work team already in place, but we need to swell their numbers and bring in visionary leaders who will make the most of the resources that have been put in place to transform children’s life outcomes.
Overseeing the day-to-day activities of a team of Social Workers, Senior Practitioners and administrators, you will be the guiding hand ensuring they are achieving their goals and that vulnerable children are receiving the best care and support both now and in the future. As such, you will identify changing needs and predict future demands on the service, putting measures in place to plan services accordingly. Forming and implementing policies, you will monitor staff performance and ensure budgets are available to achieve your long-term plans.
Jersey offers a challenge like no other. You will be working with a different legislation and different challenges, but you’ll find that the team have more manageable caseloads that on the mainland – allowing them to give the time and resources they need to make a tangible difference to the island’s children. You will therefore need exceptional communication and stakeholder management skills and considerable post-qualification social work experience. You’ll also need specialist area expertise and you will either have or be willing to complete a management qualification.
Whether you are considering the role for the camaraderie that comes with island life, or because our schools outperform the UK’s mainland schools at every key stage, Jersey offers a unique proposition. Against the backdrop of a truly beautiful location and with an exceptional work/life balance, this is a career-defining, life-enhancing opportunity.
A BA in Social Work is being introduced at University College Jersey from September 2019. This new degree course will be delivered through a unique partnership with the University of Sussex, who will be co-teaching with a local team of lecturers for the first three years of the course. Find out more www.highlands.ac.uk
There’s no denying it. On the island of Jersey, we haven’t done enough to protect hundreds of vulnerable children over a 75-year period. That’s not an easy thing to face up to. But we’re doing just that. And with a bold new plan in place, we’re shaking up the way things have previously been done. Every child deserves a bright future, and we’re looking for innovative social care professionals to help make that ambition a reality
As a Supervising Social Worker, you’ll recruit, manage, train and develop foster carers and connected person carers. You’ll enable them to provide a high standard of care that applies the principles of Safe Caring and has the best interests of looked after children at its heart. As well as following risk assessment procedures and policies to safeguard the welfare of placed children, you’ll set up and take part in support groups for foster carers and their own children too. And, in the process, you’ll transform lives on an unimaginable scale.
While the challenges we face may be similar to those you’ve previously experienced in your career, you’ll have the bonus of a manageable workload and plenty of resources – meaning you can give families and children the support they truly need. And you’ll do it against the backdrop of a beautiful island location, where the quality of living is exceptional and your work/life balance is guaranteed. This is an opportunity to shape a brilliant future for yourself and for Jersey’s most vulnerable residents.
To apply for this career-defining role, you should be a registered professional with at least two years’ post-qualification experience of working with children and families. You’ll also need experience of multi-agency working, as well as assessing situations, recording results and writing clear, concise reports. Bring plenty of resilience and empathy, and determination to be part of this important change, and you could be a great addition to our team.
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