Kent County Council is looking for a Head of Adoption!

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Kent County Council is looking for a Head of Adoption!

Postby Joberate » Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:38 pm

Kent County Council (KCC) is the county council that governs the majority of the county of Kent in England. Its geographic area additionally comprises 12 district councils, and around 300 town and parish councils. The county council has 84 elected councillors. The Leader, cabinet and the Corporate Directors are responsible for the day-to-day running of the council. The council is responsible for public services such as education, transport, strategic planning, emergency services, social services, public safety and waste disposal.

Leading the strategic development and operation of our Adoption Service, your inspirational and tactical management skills will ensure the best possible outcomes for children and young people.

Committed to securing the best guidance and service improvements possible, we’ve established a unique partnership by teaming up with Coram. One of the biggest and brightest names in child adoption, they have over two hundred and fifty years’ experience in child placement. We’re also recruiting some of the finest people to help us implement our improvement plan and, as we bring more families together, make this a service to be proud of. That’s where you come in.

Leading and developing the local delivery of appropriate adoption support services, you’ll ensure that sufficient numbers of adoptive parents are recruited and prepared to meet the diverse needs of looked after children needing the lifelong security of adoption. You’ll work collaboratively with other council services, partners and professionals to ensure that individual care planning issues are addressed successfully through a cohesive and holistic provision of services. And, ensuring full compliance with child protection processes and procedures, you’ll prepare and manage inspections to achieve good outcomes.

You’ll encourage the active participation of children, young people and their families in the development, monitoring and review of services, and help us deliver a service that is more responsive to their individual needs. Leading by example, you’ll be passionate about achieving results, deliver on promises and be supportive of your colleagues’ input. And, acting as an advocate for the Council, you’ll help us promote the service and celebrate our partnership’s achievements – success that we can all share and look forward to. Especially the children and families that we’re all here to serve.

Educated to DIPSW or degree level in Social Work practice, you will be HCPC registered and have a management qualification or be willing to undertake one within six months of joining us. You’ll also need relevant adoption experience – with a detailed understanding and awareness of adoption legislation, research and best practice. And, with a good working knowledge of the requirements of managing cultural and service change within a large, complex organisation, you should be able to drive change and inspire others to embrace it.

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Re: Kent County Council is looking for a Head of Adoption!

Postby ladyarcher » Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:25 pm

Hhmm........interesting..............Most of the job description relates to what would be included in any Business Studies Degree with these 'abilities' the potential Manager could just as easily be managing a factory........

.......more worryingly the new Manager will have to 'ensure that sufficient numbers of adoptive parents are recruited.......' if there are to be specific per centages of potential adoptive parents, ........perhaps per month....surely this will lead to a fall in standards when judging the 'fit for purpose' of adoptive parents............rather in the way that 'reps' have to find a specific quota per month of 'customers' for, or double glazing, and are paid by results......this is the way any 'business' operates......but placing children for adoption is not a business

.....I notice that in the criteria for the job, the experience relating to adoption only mentions that the applicant must have 'knowledge of adoption legislation', 'research and best practice' - whatever that is - and 'working knowledge of the requirements of managing cultural and service change, within a large complex organisation......'

Nothing about personal awareness of the emotions that are generated in all those at the 'first hand' end of adoption, i.e. b.parent(s) - adoptees - a.parents,
nothing about knowledge about the long term effects on adoptees
nothing about " " how to help and support adoptees as they grow up
nothing about support and help for adoptive parents
nothing about any sort of post adoption support for b.parents

I just hope that whoever applies and gets the job will know a bit more about adoption that the job criteria states..........

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