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Senior Children's Rights Officer

Organisation:Leicestershire County Council 

Working Hours: Full Time , Hours per week - 37 

Salary:£36,711 to £40,491 

Appointment Type:Permanent 

Location:County Hall, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester, LE3 8RF 

Reference:CYP1522 

Closing date:26 September 2021 at midnight 


JOB PURPOSE:
  • To lead in the delivery of the Corporate Parenting Team as a Senior Children’s Rights Officer.
  • To line manage the Participation Officers and Children’s Rights Officers.
  • To promote and develop the rights and interests of children and young people in care in all aspects of child care policy, planning and practice, including carrying out consultation with young people in care.
  • Develop and facilitate the participation of children and young people in care, including UASC and children with disabilities, in developing child care policy, planning and practice
  • To promote and develop the provision of advocacy for children and young people who are on the edge of care, and for those who are subject to child protection conferences and protection plans.
  • To develop and support the participation of children and young people who are on the edge of care, and for those who are the subject of child protection conferences and protection plans.
  • To advise and assist professional staff, foster carers and other relevant persons on practice issues relating to the rights of children and young people
  • To inform and advise children and young people in care and those subject to child protection plans about their rights and responsibilities and to ensure that their voice is heard
  • To take positive steps to ensure that children and young people with disabilities contact and use the service.
 
ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS: 
  • Either professional qualification relevant to working with children and families or substantial relevant experience together with evidence of the conceptual ability and written communication skills that would be commensurate with the achievement of a professional qualification at NVQ4 or above
  • Experience of working with children and young people
  • Experience of working with children and young people in care
  • Experience of work with groups of children or young people
  • Understanding of child care legislation and procedures
  • Understanding of human rights legislation
  • Understanding of issues relating to the participation of children and young people
  • Understanding of the County Council’s role and responsibilities as a Corporate Parent
  • Ability to communicate with children and young people
  • Ability to communicate with peers, other professionals, senior managers and elected members 
  • Ability to challenge in a constructive way
  • Ability to encourage and support children and young people in care to participate in issues relating to their own lives in care and relating to other children in care who they may represent
  • Ability to work on one’s own initiative and in close partnership with the other post holders
  • Ability to maintain computerised records and use information technology eg. Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Ability to write reports to a good standard e.g. for Management Team
  • Supervisory skills
  • A commitment to promoting the rights of children in care, the participation of children in care and to improving the quality of their lives
 
This post is the subject of a DBS enhanced check for a regulated activity
 
Please see the Job Description / Person Specification which are attached further down on this page
 
For informal enquires please contact Stuart Jones, Tel: 0116 305 5129, Email: Stuart.Jones@leics.gov.uk 
 
We particularly welcome applicants from black, minority, ethnic (BME) communities, disabled people and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities, as they are currently under represented within our workforce.
 
We are on a journey to be an inclusive department where a culture to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion is embedded and discrimination challenged at every level together as a department.  We warmly welcome those from all cultures, ethnicities and beliefs - this diversity is vital to our journey and is fundamental to our values and enriches the services we offer our children and families.

 
For further information about working for Leicestershire County Council, please click here.
 
If you have any technical issues completing your application form please contact escservicedesk@emss.org.uk




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