The Role:

We are looking for a dynamic senior manager support the Principal Social Worker in continuous improvement of operational safeguarding in Hampshire.

This is an exciting opportunity for one year to make a crucial difference, improving safeguarding outcomes in Hampshire, through working closely with operational teams to assure and improve safeguarding practice, including Making Safeguarding Personal and prevention of safeguarding. You would work closely with The Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board which is a multi-agency partnership providing strategic leadership for adults safeguarding across the county of Hampshire.

The successful individual will have a track record in safeguarding, a high standard of legal literacy, excellent analytical and communication skills and proven ability in working in collaboration across agencies. They will also have experience of learning from untoward events, both national and local, and be experienced in the successful implementation of quality improvement. 

A professional qualification is desirable but not essential. 

The post sits within Hampshire County Council’s Adults’ Health and Care Department, managed by the Principal Social Worker.

If you would like to discuss the position please e mail [email protected] to arrange this.

Job Purpose:

Promote the statutory adult safeguarding duties as outlined by S.42 of The Care Act 2014 and multi-agency policy by Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board (HSAB ) and ensure these are delivered and carried out appropriately by operational teams in Young and Older services in Adults Health and Care (AH&C) in partnership with the Principal Social Worker, the Hampshire AH&C safeguarding unit and the Practice Network. 

Setting
The strategic safeguarding practice team, managed under the PSW – Younger Adults, will form part of the broader safeguarding unit within Governance and Assurance. Other partners of the safeguarding unit are the HSAB, Quality, serious incident reporting

Staffing
Overseen by the PSW, managed by the strategic service manager, with two Safeguarding Consultants, two temporary Infection Prevention Safeguarding Officers and one Safeguarding Admin Officer.

Operational focus
The team will operate covering the entire Hampshire area (in common with MCA, DoLS and Client Affairs) with one consultant and officer facing into Younger Adults and the other consultant and officer facing into Older Adults in relation to support for complex cases. Post pandemic and taking full advantage of the temporary officer posts, the team will work closely with provider quality to support safeguarding recovery.

Partnership working
Maintaining close links with HSAB, it is hoped attendance at some of the HSAB subgroups and other strategic partnership meetings could be shared with operational leads, feeding back into the liaison leads meeting under the practice network. 

Role Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and support statutory s.42 obligations delivered by AH&C 
  • Drive implementation of new Making Safeguarding Personal form on AIS, MSP culture and improvements in practitioner co-production on safeguarding
  • Ensure that Care Director is fit for purpose for safeguarding recording and assist implementation of effective safeguarding recording in Care Director
  • Strategic safeguarding direction for the department, sharing national updates and guidance, with special focus post pandemic.
  • Strategic support to both Younger and Older Adults areas for large scale/highly complex serious safeguarding 
  • AH&C wide monitoring including CIRS, safeguarding complaints, coroner inquests and SARs reporting, reviewing, assurance and audit of safeguarding practice and journey – CART – MASH – AREA – provider – SAMA into the PSW Practice Network
  • Escalate practice risks where they impact upon the prevention of safeguarding where they are identified through audit, CIRs, SARs
  • Recommending safeguarding learning from AH&C Serious Incidents and SAR’s as part of the PSW Practice Network.
  • Liaison and strategic link with HSAB, NHS, the police partners ensuring the dissemination of learning 
  • Promote 6 principles and awareness of marginalised groups for specialist safeguarding 
  • Make appropriate links with Prevent, MARAC and modern slavery
  • Policy, procedure and Social Care Practice Manual review with a service user co-production lens
  • Workforce learning link with HSAB and L&D colleagues to design and deliver relevant training and workshops
  • Use Safeguarding Unit, focusing on practice improvement – linking in with Practice Network
  • Feed safeguarding themes and issues into the quality assurance framework and Care Governance Board as needed
  • To support the development of an AH&C data set. To support HSAB to analyse, quality assure, challenge and support partners to improve
  • In conjunction with colleagues, identify training needs in respect of adult safeguarding 
  • Develop relationships with Safeguarding Board members and their respective organisations, providers and commissioners of services, service users and family carers, voluntary sector organisations and other stakeholders as well as regional and national organisations
  • Proactively seek opportunities to further develop and maintain strong multi agency relationships
  • Contribute to and lead on the development of information sharing protocols and other procedures to enhance partnership working
  • Create, maintain and enhance effective working relationships across all agencies.
  • Take the lead role in liaising with other local authority areas and partners locally
  • Contribute to relevant local, regional and national forums so that knowledge and understanding of adult safeguarding issues are shared and disseminated
  • Develop and maintain active inter-relationships with the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board
  • Comply with financial procedures and ensure accurate tracking and forecasting of budgets
  • Keep up to date with national and local developments in respect of adult safeguarding
  • Support own development and the development of others through sharing best practice and learning from events and experiences of practice with both positive and negative outcomes
  • Complete continuing professional development if required by own professional body and other training and development activities identified in your personal development plan or by the department
  • Role Requirements:

    Essential:

  • Knowledge of legislation, guidance and best practice relevant to agencies working within the field of adult safeguarding.
  • Significant experience in adult safeguarding at an operational and strategic level. 
  • Experience of partnership working. 
  • Experience of developing, producing and implementing policies, procedures or practice on a multi agency basis.
  • Ability to manage budgets.
  • Ability to work with complex statistical, financial and performance information. 
  • Use and development of information systems. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication. 
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Experience in allocating work. 
  • Experience in multi disciplinary working.
  • IT literacy – able to use IT, run reports and learn to use new systems as required. 
  • Ability to work strategically across multi agency partnerships.
  • Ability to develop and implement plans through effective project management.
  • Ability to work on own initiative or as part of a team. 
  • Ability to engage and influence others.
  • Ability to create opportunities and develop solutions to challenges. 
  • Desirable: 

  • Relevant professional qualification (in social work, relevant health profession or criminal justice)
  • Current professional registration.
  • Vetting Requirements:

    This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check.

    Hampshire County 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.

    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 Requirement (GOR) applies.

    We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

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