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Head of Joint Services for Disabled Children

Overview of Service

The Joint Service for Disabled Children is excellent and delivered in true co-production evidenced through the long-established partnership with “Our Voice” (parent forum). Cheviots centre is operational 7 days a week, the short breaks service offers a wide range of activities. Within the Joint Service for Disabled Children (JSDC) there are approximately 600 children with disabilities receiving a service of which 130 have an allocated social worker. The JSDC continues to ensure there is a regular feedback mechanism from parents and young people via the Local Offer. 

Staff are trained to deliver the positive behaviour support programme. The Early Intervention Support Service (EISS) is part of the JSDC and includes teachers, early years practitioners, and dedicated key workers. There is a strong multi-agency safeguarding partnership in place with strategic overview of children with special education needs and/or disability.

As a senior officer in a specialist service the Head of the JSDC will be expected to exercise significant autonomy with regular contact with Members, Executive Director of People Services and other senior colleagues, ensuring the safe and effective delivery of all functions that come within the remit of the role.

Our diverse borough and tapestry of providers has enormous potential to inform new perspectives and fresh approaches to service development. The Head of the Joint Service for Disabled Children will be expected to have an innovative and engaging approach, forging strong partnerships across the borough, to drive up aspiration, ambition and successful outcomes for disabled children and young people.

Salary: £75,579 to £91,776 | Enfield

Here at Enfield Council, our mission is to create a “lifetime of opportunity for our residents. We are an ambitious Council, our Council plan delivers better and more efficient services to all who live, work, study and visit our borough. We embrace our diversity, culture and heritage and have a relentless focus on reducing inequalities to make Enfield a place for people to enjoy from childhood to old age.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the Joint Service for Disabled Children. We want a highly motivated leader who will be a core member of Children’s Social care supporting ambitious social workers and other staff to make their contact with every child count.

Enfield prides itself on having a supportive work culture and stable management team that gives staff the autonomy they need to deliver a first-class service to vulnerable children and their families.

In addition to a competitive salary, our commitment to you is:

  • Up to 10 study days per annum
  • Sabbatical
  • Clear career progression pathways
  • Flexible work practices
  • Up to 31 days leave including bank holidays, with the option to buy up to an additional 10 days of annual leave
  • Employee Assistance Programme to provide advice and counselling services. This is a free and confidential service available to staff and members of their family.
  • Health and leisure discounts and tax-free bikes for work
  • Interest free season ticket loan repayable over three or ten months.
  • An excellent pension through the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

If you share our vision and can demonstrate your commitment to our values we want to hear from you. For further information or for a confidential discussion with a Penna consultant please contact Carol Coyle via 07500 887849 or carol.coyle@penna.com, Helen Alwell via 07809 905467 or helen.alwell@penna.com or Andrew Tromans via 07805 226301 or andrew.tromans@penna.com

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 24th November 2021

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