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Located in the Children’s Services department, the Commissioning Team provides strategic commissioning, transformation, service development, procurement and contract management for children and families as well as hosting the operational Children’s Placements Team. 

The Placements Team is a newly developed ambitious team providing a critical frontline service to the Children’s Social Care department. The team play a significant role in supporting the department to ensure Looked after Children and Care Leavers are accommodated in placements that are high quality, close to H&F and represent value for money. In addition to this, the team are tasked with achieving significant efficiencies, ensuring our Children are placed in family placements wherever possible and that step-down from residential placements are seamless and coordinated across agencies.

The Placements Commissioning Manager will be responsible for proactively managing demand into the service, working in partnership with Heads of Service and Social Work Teams to ensure placements are as planned as possible, facilitating disruption meetings and working closely with providers to ensure placements remain stable. The role will be responsible for ensuring and maintaining a strong tri-partite working relationship between Social Care, Fostering and Placements Commissioning to ensure wherever possible children are able to be placed in home environments and/or within the local area. The role will be required to work collaboratively to effectively locate placements for children with complex needs; effectively managing risk within the available market.

Role Responsibilities:

• Manage the day to day operation of the H&F Children’s Placements Service, ensuring children are placed in high quality, safe and secure placements using approved providers 
• Lead on offering advice, direction and challenge to Heads of Service, Team Managers and Social Workers who are working with children and their families to develop outcomes focused placements and support plans
• Work in a sensitive and professional manner with the placements sector and professional networks
• Develop innovative solutions and opportunities for children and their families by working with providers and statutory services
• Build and manage positive relationships between the sector, statutory services and service users to ensure effective placements and sufficiency of placement supply

People Values:

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: 

Complex problem-solving 
The ability to work within a complex system and find simple solutions and outcomes that deliver real change. 

Critical thinking 
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. 

People management 
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 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. 

Service orientation 
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. 

Role Specific Qualifications:

 Evidence of degree level qualification or equivalent/evidence of continuing professional development

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.

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