About the role
As the Service Manager for Redbridge and Waltham Forest, you will hold responsibility for the delivery of safe and effective services for children in adoption, in line with the relevant legislation, regulation, policy, research and good practice frameworks and also participate actively in the vision and mission of the regional adoption agency in accordance with the commissioned services and specifications and quality standards of the service.
You will also promote and develop close and effective relationships within and across relevant local authorities and hold responsibility for the quality assurance of practice and services. You will play a key role in the development of the Coram RAA and have opportunities to develop expertise in the delivery of regional adoption services.
Purpose of the role:
• To hold responsibility for the delivery of safe and effective services for children in adoption, in line with the relevant legislation, regulation, policy, research and good practice frameworks.
• To participate actively in the vision and mission of the regional adoption agency in accordance with the commissioned services and specifications and quality standards of the service
• To line manage Coram staff within the partnership for the provision of safe, effective and timely family finding of adoption placements and post adoption statutory support, ensuring a consistently high quality of service.
• To promote and develop close and effective relationships within and across relevant local authorities including the children’s statutory social work , health, education and legal teams to optimise the delivery of timely and relevant services to children, adopters and families.
• To manage the operational delivery of the service within the budget framework for the service, prioritising and enabling best value monitoring spend, and achieving relevant economies of scale and opportunities for the service.
• To hold responsibility for the quality assurance of practice and services, including the monitoring and reporting requirements for family finding and post adoption support in a context of innovative adoption practice.
Main Duties & Responsibilities:
To be responsible for the management, leadership and practice of family finding and statutory adoption support services, ensuring it is effective, consistent and coherent across designated services of the regional adoption agency.
To provide services relevant to the statement of work and service specification for the commissioned regional agency
To manage, supervise and develop staff to optimise the delivery of services, ensuring the achievement of the highest professional standards and professional conduct.
To promote the safety and wellbeing of children, ensuring safeguarding risks are identified, recorded, managed, assessed, addressed and notified in accordance with regulatory and relevant safeguarding procedures.
To chair permanency planning meetings liaising with the relevant LA service leads where adoption is the plan for the child; and conveying expertise and specialist adoption knowledge to the care planning process
To operate within a data-informed and business process; recording reporting and using both qualitative and quantitative data to have performance-based conversations with the Coram teams and to shape the direction of services
To oversee and enable effective tracking of services in relation to children coming forward for adoption, family finding, matching and adoption support
To provide consultation and advice to the children services teams and linked health and education services regarding permanence planning for looked after children to ensure that the appropriate plans are made and implemented for children needing adoption.
To maintain and develop adoption partnerships, with a solution–focused approach, building cohesive approaches for children and adoptive families, using a shared framework of delivery and meeting structures.
Ensuring effective and high quality representation in the Courts; liaising appropriately with respective legal teams.
To attend the Adoption and Permanency Panel of the regional adoption agency as necessary and present written reports and oral expertise as appropriate.
To participate in the development of the services across the regional adoption agency working with the Managing Director to meet business plans, progress the services for children and adopters and to promote best outcomes for all participant authorities.
To make applications for funding relevant to the national systems for adoption support; undertaking assessments and acting as ASSA as required to secure relevant support to meet the needs of adoptive families
To make sound decisions in complex and fast paced environments by striking a balance between speed and depth of thought and informed interventions
To attend consultation sessions with professional advisors and relevant training courses to ensure practice is updated and learning messages from evaluations and audits are incorporated into practice delivery
To ensure that all written case records are maintained, files kept up to date and secure, and that records for the Adoption and Permanency Panel and for the Courts are written to a high standard.
To work effectively within Coram’s policies and procedures including disciplinary, complaints, equal opportunities, GDPR and Safeguarding Policies.
To be flexible and responsive in approach undertaking all duties that fall within range as directed by the Managing Director
To recognise and challenge all forms of discrimination and prejudice in the workplace.
To treat everyone with respect, dignity and fairness and to acknowledge and celebrate diversity.
To maintain an awareness of your own and others’ health and safety and comply with Coram Group Health and Safety policy and procedures.
To maintain confidentiality of information; it will be necessary to comply with all requirements related to the Data Protection Act/ General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
Coram – Ambitious for Adoption is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We actively encourage applicants from Asian, African, Caribbean and other minority ethnic backgrounds to join our teams. Whilst we have a diverse team we recognise we are a predominantly white workforce and are genuinely committed to encouraging candidates from diverse communities in order to improve the services to the children and families we help.
Sue Lowndes Managing Director Coram Ambitious for Adoption RAA