Supporting Families Strategic Coordinator
Fixed Term, Full Time
Up to £47,980 per annum
Working Style: Anywhere worker
Closing Date: 8th February 2023
This is a Fixed Term Opportunity until March 2025
Children and Families is recognised as a service in which social work can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity and compassion; promoting the development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families; protecting them from neglect and abuse. Working together with partners delivering a range of early help, family support and effective social work interventions which build resilience, remove barriers and enable children and young people to look forward to a brighter future.
The Supporting Families Programme in Essex has helped many families to get the help they need to address multiple disadvantages through a whole family approach. Essex has implemented this programme successfully over the last 10 years. The Supporting Families programme is developing nationally, and the purpose of this post is to lead the Supported Families Programme in Essex across the local area with internal and external partners at a senior level together with the local communities and meet the financial commitments for 2022 to 2025.
The Supporting Families Strategic Co-ordinator will have knowledge and understanding of the social care system and the complex challenges of families. The role requires proven experience of working in a senior leader role with sound understanding of the supporting families programme and the levelling up agenda.
· Lead the development, delivery, and implementation of the Essex Supporting Families programme.
· Ensure that Essex is on track to deliver against the success criteria set by Department for Levelling up Housing and Community (DLUHC).
· Deliver a well-coordinated programme management approach, capable of meeting the national standards required in partnership with key strategic officers in District Councils and with relevant staff at the DLUHC.
· Forge close positive working relationships, to support an effective matrix approach to achieving outcomes with Department for Works and Pensions DWP, Clinical Commissioning Group CCG and Integrated Commissioning Service (ICS), Police and Commissioned Providers.
· Enhance Essex’s existing work with families at the earliest level of intervention to give them the best chance of transforming their lives.
· Increase the pace and scale of data sharing and system transformation to deliver successful outcomes.
· Optimise the use of financial and other resources to maximise the Supporting Families grant c £13.4m and successful outcomes.
· Take a systemic approach to working with internal and external partners, promoting holistic whole family working and evidencing positive outcomes for families.
· Lead responsibility for DLUHC Early Help Inspections, national research, evaluation and any other development workshops and forums as required.
· Work alongside ECC Legal and Information Governance to implement data sharing across the partnership, building relationships with strategic partners.
· Represent Essex at the Regional East of England Supporting Families Coordinators meetings and other Early Help forums.
The Experience You Will Bring
· With a highly collaborative style and proven experience of professional management at a senior level, you will need to demonstrate strong, incisive, professional knowledge, leadership and have a proven track record of delivering results through proactive engagement of service users and effective partnership, working with disadvantaged families.
· Educated to degree level with experience and a sound understanding of the Supporting Families Programme.
· Experience of building relationships with DLUHC, Strategic Leaders and other Government Departments.
· Experience of managing partnership budgets in line with grant guidance, and proven record of meeting government targets to maintain ongoing funding streams.
· Significant practical experience of working with families with multiple and complex needs and have an understanding how this aligns to Supporting Families ‘payment by results’ or ‘earned autonomy’ models
· Effective communication and influencing skills, good problem solving and assessment skills with a demonstrable track record of building and sustaining positive professional relationships with individuals and families collaborating with partners to maximise outcomes for families.
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