Lifelong Links Project Lead
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Job Title: Lifelong Links Project Lead (LBHF612822)
Salary range: £48,747 – £51,783 per annum
Contract Type: 36 hours per week, Permanent
Closing date: 19 November 2023
Interview date: 04 December 2023
Hammersmith & Fulham, rated nationally by Ofsted as one of the top Local Authorities, we never stop moving forward. Our ambition is to focus even more on increasing the quality of our practice and the work with children, young people, and families to sustain positive change. To do this we need the best people to help build our vision.
Looking for a new challenge? An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Safeguarding, Review and Quality Assurance Service, for a Project Lead to implement and deliver the new Lifelong Links service.
Lifelong Links work aims to create lasting support networks for care experienced children and young people. The approach draws upon a combination family finding and the family group conference model to identify and engage relatives and other supportive adults, who are willing to make a lasting commitment to looked after members of their family.
We are looking to recruit a highly skilled individual who has an in-depth understanding and substantial experience of complex children’s safeguarding and care planning, as well as experience of project management, supervising staff and delivering family group conferences.
This is an exciting opportunity to develop your career within a supportive and dynamic service, offering you comprehensive training and development opportunities.
Our mission is to be the best council. To do this we need the best people to help build our vision. If you’re looking to develop your career in a fast paced, professional environment whilst making a difference, then we look forward to hearing from you.
As the Lifelong Links Project Lead, you will lead on developing, implementing and delivering the Lifelong Links service in Hammersmith & Fulham.
- The post holder will act in a consultative and advisory capacity to front line social workers, managers and partners, and oversee the referral process.
- The post holder must have the ability to develop strong relationships and work in partnership across the professional network, whilst remaining independent. Excellent engagement and verbal and written communication skills are therefore essential.
- The successful candidate needs to be analytical, motivated, and have the confidence to work autonomously.
- The Lifelong Links Project Lead will be responsible for collecting and analysing data and managing the feedback and evaluation process.
- The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of children’s safeguarding legislation, policies and procedures is essential and be able to apply these to the Lifelong Links service.
- This challenging and flexible role will provide the opportunity to deputise for the manager to ensure the continued robust delivery of the service.
Please refer to the Role Profile for more information.
How we act defines who we are. At the heart of our organisation is a common approach to defining ‘who we are’. We are looking for people who can build this into everything they do.
We are fair
We treat everyone with compassion, dignity and fairness. We value the views and opinion of others, and promote benefits and opportunities for all.
We are caring
We care about our borough and doing things well. We focus on standards and continuous improvement; learning from our mistakes and celebrating success.
We are collaborators
We work together for a better society. We work with our residents, businesses, schools, third sector and others for better outcomes for everyone.
We are driven
We will only settle for the very best. We seek to continually improve and put our residents, customers and businesses at the heart of everything we do.
Recruiting for Attitude
Your skills and ability are important however, we recruit as much for attitude as we do experience. We are looking for people who have the following attributes:
The ability to work within a complex system and find simple solutions and outcomes that deliver real change.
The ability to challenge the norms through evidence-based approaches using both numerical and critical reasoning and thinking. You can rationalise decision-making and form views quickly and soundly from a range of sources.
You take approaches that demonstrate how doing things differently and creatively changes the dynamic in situations. You can apply creative solutions that deliver hard outcomes.
You can get the best out of people. You have a coaching-style and drive through a commitment to personal and professional development. You are clear in your expectations and have exceptional feedback from your team about their working environment. You recognise and support people as individuals.
Coordinating with others
You have the knack of working well with others. You have an appreciation of your own presence and approach and can demonstrate how you have developed and continue to develop how you work with others. You can also recognise how others work, think, and feel to get the most out of collaboration.
You have a high degree of self-awareness and self-regulation in a wide range of situations from one-to-one conversations to team and group dynamics. You can recognise motivating factors and demonstrate empathy appropriately applying a wide range of adaptive social skills.
Judgement and decision making
You can take rational and evidence-based decisions and take responsibility for your decisions and actions. Where there is ambiguity or a lack of evidence you can demonstrate the ability to understand the environment and show flexibility in applying your judgement.
You can demonstrate an understanding of the range of skills and techniques required to successfully negotiate with a range of other partners. This includes understanding how to structure and undertake successful negotiation on an organisational-wide level.
You must be unequivocal in your commitment and drive for outstanding service delivery. Both in terms of the quality of products and work delivered as well as the achievement of objectives. You and your team can demonstrate how your overall contribution to the organisation and service delivers to our organisational aims and objectives.
The ability to recognise the environment in which you work and adapt and shift to this environment to maximise your own personal achievement and lead others in the same approach. Applying cognitive flexibility to situations of significant change and transformation.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.
Corporate Equalities Employment Policy: In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies.
We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.