- Pear Tree St, Islington, London EC1V, UK
- Service type: Looked after children & care leavers
- Pay scale: QSW Grade G
- Department: Young People & Families
- Pay zone: Zone 3 – Rest of England (excluding NE)
- Contractual type: Full time – permanent
Catch22 exists to help build a society where everyone has a good place to live, good people around them, and a fulfilling purpose. We call these our ‘3Ps’.
We achieve this in two ways. First we improve lives on the frontline through delivery of public services. Secondly, we use our knowledge to change ‘the system’, to fix the complex web that can trap and disempower those it was set up to help. With the heart of a charity and the mindset of a business, we are uniquely placed to deliver on this challenging agenda.
The National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum sits within the Young People and Families Directorate at Catch22. It is a membership network of over 100 local authorities. The Forum’s aim is to enrich outcomes for our nation’s care leavers. The Forum promotes the development of quality leaving care services with member authorities and partner organisations through a process of researching and sharing learning on a national scale.
The purpose of the Practice Lead role is to ensure that the National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum remains up to date with the latest legislative, policy and guidance developments in leaving care, and stays at the forefront of best practice. The post holder will utilise this knowledge to share information, develop products and tools for members, and to deliver training, consultancy work and events to members, in order to achieve our aim of improving outcomes for care leavers.
The post holder will:
- Remain at the forefront of best practice and key trends in the leaving care sector.
- Work with the NLCBF Manager to develop the policy and practice focus to support NLCBF members.
- Work closely with the Co-production and Engagement Lead to link up the work with the Young People’s Benchmarking Forum to the NLCBF.
- Actively research and develop a network of experts in the leaving care sector, fostering and maintaining these relationships so they can contribute towards achieving outcomes for the Forum.
- Actively engage with local authority members and non-members to understand their key successes and challenges, and develop strong relationships.
- Support the management of the day to day business of the NLCBF and work closely with the NLCBF Manager to ensure this provides value for money for members and makes the best use of resources.
- Provide expertise to NLCBF members, relevant Catch22 services and wider Catch22 staff and partners on practice issues and solutions for supporting young people leaving care.
Educated to degree level (or equivalent qualification) or relevant experience.
Qualified social worker at a management level or equivalent.
Salary: c.£35,000 per annum, depending on experience
The role is home-based. The successful candidate will travel across the UK and occasionally abroad including overnight stays.
We will monitor applications as they come in and close this job to new applications when we have enough suitable candidates. We therefore strongly encourage you to apply as soon as you can.
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