Local Authority Designated Officer
East Riding Of Yorkshire
£40,578 per year (ERYC Grade 12)
11th Oct, 2022
Job description

We have an exciting opportunity available for a full time, permanent LADO to join the existing officer to promote and support a busy and varied service. The post offers invaluable experience and both personal and professional development to set a high standard in developing and growing the LADO role.

You will be managing an allegations process across key partners in the statutory and voluntary sectors involving agencies and organisations that work with children and vulnerable adults. The role will deliver training, offer high challenge and high support to partner agencies and promote safer working practices across East Riding. The service works closely with LADO services across the Humber and Yorkshire region to promote positive outcomes and set agreed standards and processes.

We are looking for an energetic and creative social worker with extensive experience of working with agencies and organisations both within the community and in more formal settings who can demonstrate tenacity and enthusiasm in making a positive difference to the lives of children, young people and vulnerable adults through safeguarding processes. You will have an in depth understanding and experience of working within a children’s social care setting, as well as a thorough knowledge of legislative frameworks that impact on the LADO role. The post requires good organisational and reporting skills, chairing multi-agency meetings, offering advice and support and maintaining thorough records and spreadsheets.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is an innovative Local Authority which constantly strives to improve the standard of services provided to children, families and young people in our area. Our vision is to ensure that vulnerable children, young people and adults receive excellent services to keep them safe and to make sure they reach their full potential. We are responding to the challenges we face with energy and innovation. East Riding office spaces are only 3 - 6 miles from Hull, 13 miles from North Lincolnshire, 20 miles from North East Lincolnshire, 22 miles from Doncaster, 17 miles from Scarborough and 14 miles from York, with strong access routes via the M62 and A1079.

The right candidate

In East Riding we really value positive relationships. Therefore, it is essential that the post holder is able to work relationally with others with a flexible and adaptable approach – always demonstrating their commitment to working to the highest possible standards whilst remaining at all times child centred.You will have excellent written and oral communication skills which will enable you to prepare clear, analytical and coherent reports on work undertaken.

You will be able to demonstrate a high level of motivation and the ability to work independently, with skills in working within timescales and with conflicting priorities.

Why work for East Riding?

We really value our social workers and it is our fundamental belief that our staff are the most important asset in fulfilling our responsibility to provide a quality service to children, young people and their families. We therefore want to invest in you and your development, for CISROs this means having the opportunity to develop specialist skills, ongoing support and training when in this role and support to develop your coaching and mentoring skills. We care about your career and will help you to identify your own goals and work with you to support you to achieve that within East Riding.

Our social workers and practitioners describe East Riding as ‘a family’; we really value our relationships with each other, with the families we support, and our partner agencies. We offer flexible working approaches because we want you to be able to enjoy your own family time and we know that this is important to our staff. We listen to what our social workers and practitioners are telling us and work hard to respond and make a difference – in East Riding we are so committed to this that we have a Principal Social Worker for those who are social work qualified and a Principal Practice Lead for our practitioners who are not, who champion the frontline voice across the service.

Other benefits of being a social worker in East Riding include:

  • Social Work England fees reimbursed

  • Licence for Community Care Inform to support with evidence-based practice and CPD

  • Regular reflective supervision with a focus on your wellbeing, your development, and what is working well

  • Flexible working options including option for a 9-day fortnight

  • Christmas to New Year shut down – working arrangements are on a rota basis with additional time paid or time off in lieu

  • Strong management support at all levels

  • A service wide commitment to celebrating best practice and practice strengths

  • A service wide commitment to promoting social work wellbeing and support

Take a look at our recruitment web pages and our Children’s Social Care information page for a full range of benefits and support.

Our model of practice

Stronger Together: ‘You can, I can, We can’

We have created a bespoke practice model that reflects and connects our vision, our value base and our behaviour as one East Riding of Yorkshire approach to working with children, young people and their families, which is nurtured and grown from within East Riding of Yorkshire CYPSSS and owned by our workforce.

We remain committed to Signs of Safety as a practice framework, but this is set within a much wider, values based, model of practice that clearly connects Signs of Safety with the East Riding value base, and our overall approach to making and sustaining relationships with children, families and communities. Our Stronger Together approach is strengths based, solution-focussed, and relational recognising that the very best work with families takes place within the context of excellent, collaborative relationships.

A well embedded model ensures we all have something to centre our practice on so that, while the work may be different, all of our teams are grounded in the same values, beliefs, theories and approaches. Having a well-developed practice model helps to create a common language for the service and enables everyone to understand how we go about doing the right things, in the right way and for the right reasons for children and their families.

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