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Service Manager in Reviewing, Conferencing and LADO
  • Employer: Brighter Futures for Children
  • Reference: BFC397
  • Published: Thu 09/06/2022, 14:41 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 26/06/2022, 23:41 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours
  • Salary: £65,062 - £70,505 per annum (includes £10,500 market supplement)
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, Berkshire

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Service Manager in Reviewing, Conferencing and LADO

Service Manager in Reviewing, Conferencing and LADO

Job description

Brighter Futures for Children 

Full-time, Permanent post 


About us 

Brighter Futures for Children is an independent, not-for-profit-company, wholly owned by Reading Borough Council. Our responsibility is to deliver quality children’s social care services, early help, education and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services to children and families in Reading.  


It is an exciting time to join Children Social Care in Brighter Futures for Children.  Post the pandemic we are reviewing the service, to ensure we continue to adapt to meet our children and families’ changing needs.  We want to ensure that our Reviewing, Conferencing and LADO service enables optimal participation and engagement from our children and families and for them to experience the service as helpful in achieving the outcomes needed to keep children safe and meet their welfare needs in a trauma-informed way.  

About the role 

This is a key operational and strategic management post which will be responsible for the safe delivery of high-quality children’s services within the multi-agency context. This post will also be responsible for contributing to and driving the current improvement work and future strategy within all areas of child protection, children looked after and LADO. 


The Reviewing, Conferencing & LADO Service Manager post reports directly to the Director of children Social Care and has several direct reports including Deputy Service Manager, Child Protection Chairs, Independent Reviewing Officers and Local Authority Designated Officer. 

Key responsibilities will be: 


  • The post holder will monitor and manage the performance of the Reviewing & Conferencing service within the scope of their responsibility, resolve any issues encountered and highlight service achievements to the senior management team. To ensure that all management responsibilities are carried out within BFfC’s agreed policies and procedures. 
  • To undertake the supervision of directly managed staff. To ensure staff and managers receive the supervision, appraisal, support, training and development necessary for them to provide high quality services for children. To carry out quality assurance, audits and analysis of staff supervision and exit interviews and ensure service and departmental improvements are made based on the outcomes of this analysis. 
  • To contribute to overall quality assurance and to be responsible for quality assurance in own service, including the use of audits, service user feedback and consultation. 
  • Secure sustainable partnership arrangements with key partners, particularly health, schools, colleges and the voluntary sector, and other boroughs, ensuring the care planning meets the needs and the safety of the child and where these add value to the work of the service in seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people. 
  • To provide professional social care expertise on matters of complex social work practice, policies and procedures where necessary, including emergency planning.  
  • To effectively communicate with service users and consult and involve them in service modernisation, developing innovative and effective approaches to the participation of children and young people and their families. 


Qualification required: 

  • Professional Social Work qualification 
  • CQSW, DipSW or other SWE recognised social work or social care qualification. A current SWE registration certificate is required 

Our Offer: 

A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including: 

  • Local Government Pension Scheme 
  • Incremental holidays starting with 25 days plus public holidays (rising to 32 after 10 years’ service) 
  • Discounted Child Care (on site nursery) 
  • Cycle to work scheme 
  • Season ticket loans 
  • A range of local discounts 
  • Remote/Agile working 


For any query or informal discussion, please feel free to contact us on 


Closing date: 26 June 2022 

Interview date:  30 June or 1 July 



We look forward to hearing from you!