About the role
Regional engagement leads are registered and practising social workers working in localities with a range of stakeholders, including employers, people with lived experience of social work, social workers, and education and training providers. They will raise awareness and ensure the consistent implementation of Social Work England’s standards, including sharing analysis of when individuals or providers fall short of standards and driving forward improvement across the region.
Our work is demanding; therefore, you will need to be resilient and organised, with strong IT skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Regional engagement leads receive a laptop or tablet device and a smart phone. This allows a flexible approach to work. Leads can work from an office or home; however, a certain amount of travel will be required.
There will be seven leads as follows:
- North West
- South East
- South West
- Yorkshire & Humber & North East
Salary and benefits
The salary for these roles is £48,000. This is a two-year secondment or fixed-term role.
- 37 hours a week
- Flexible working
- 25 days a year leave rising each year to a maximum of 30
- 8 Bank Holidays
- Ongoing training and development
What will you do?
- Build and manage relationships with key stakeholders in localities, ensuring the profession’s standards are communicated and understood by external stakeholders.
- Work with employers, social workers and others to embed new social work professional standards into practice.
- Build strong relationships with regional stakeholders including all education and training providers.
- Support education and training providers to implement new social work professional standards into programmes.
- Support education and training providers to make changes to programmes that reflect the new education and training standards and guidance.
- Work with existing regional groups for people with lived experience of social work to raise awareness of the regulator and social work standards, and ensure their views and experience are incorporated into all aspects of the engagement role and driving forward improvement and aspiration for practice standards.
- Share evidence-based practice examples of training programmes across localities with the aim of improving consistency and quality across education and training providers.
- Drive improvements in social work training and development, across priority theme areas such as placement quality.
- Build a model of upstream regulation with a strong emphasis on public protection, evidence-led learning and information sharing, consistent and regular engagement with current and future social workers.
- Share analysis in trends in concerns coming to fitness to practise, particularly in relation to those standards which are not being met and the issues causing concern for the sector.
- Improve engagement with professionals to support high standards and work with partners to embed standards.
- Raise the profile and visibility of professional standards and the framework for undertaking continuous professional development.
- Provide evidenced based insight and intelligence to inform internal policy decisions.
- Work closely with other regional leads to identify themes and issues that need wider attention and/or action, so there is a comprehensive current and accurate picture of the social work landscape in England
- Continue to work to raise aspirations for the social work profession across the region and in line with Social Work England’s corporate strategy and vision.
This job description is not an exhaustive list and flexibility will be expected in relation to this emerging role
What we are looking for
- Currently practising and registered social workers without restriction or adverse fitness to practise history.
- Demonstrated success in leading and influencing within a social work setting at a senior level, for example principal social worker.
- Experience of working in complex, multi-stakeholder environments and in influencing internal and external stakeholders and partners to achieve positive outcomes.
- Experience of leading and managing change in organisational practices and processes.
- Excellent stakeholder management skills and the ability to develop professional credibility in the sector with senior leaders in local authorities and other employers, higher education institutions and people with lived experience of social work.
- Ability to analyse data and research, understand trends, identify risks and articulate potential consequences and to develop solutions in collaboration with other stakeholders, internally and externally.
- Demonstrable ability to deliver programmes of work, using appropriate evidence, understanding external pressures, and in line with internal governance.
- Excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills, with the ability to articulate with credibility and conviction both orally and in writing.
- A high degree of self-awareness and personal integrity, and the ability to respond positively to constructive challenge and change.
- The ability to work on one’s own initiative and demonstrate flexibility in the application of the role.
- Understanding of the principles of quality assurance in higher education or further education, or in a practice environment.
- A proven role model for respectful, open and honest behaviour including a demonstrable commitment to equality and diversity in service delivery.
How to apply
To apply, please email the application form and Equality Monitoring Form by 12pm on Monday 25 February 2019 to email@example.com and ensure that you put the job reference in the email header. We cannot accept late applications.
We will assess you against the evidence you provide in your application form that should address the criteria in the person specification and gives examples of how you meet the requirements of the role. Please note it will not be possible to give feedback at sift stage.
Interviews will take place w/c 25 March and 1 April 2019 in Sheffield.
Interviews will seek to further understand your skills, knowledge, experience and motivation and test the key competencies of the role:
- Leading the way – demonstrates clear managing of department and colleagues.
- Working as one team – encourages collaboration internally and externally.
- Respecting each other – works with others to build respect.
- Being a business – is focused on delivering business objectives.
- Focusing on registrants and customers – engages with registrants, people/customers and keeps them fully informed.
If you are successful, we will undertake routine security checks.
If you have any queries about the role or the appointment process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org