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Principal Officer Child Protection and Review/Child Protection Chair

  • Employer: Birmingham Children's Trust
  • Reference: BCT/23/260041
  • Published: Mon 30/10/2023, 8:00 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 24/11/2023, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.5 hours per week
  • Salary: £49,498 - £61,269 (Plus a relocation package of up to £8,000 Terms and Conditions will apply)
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Workplace: On-Site
  • Location: 1 Avenue Road, Birmingham, Birmingham

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Principal Officer Child Protection and Review/Child Protection Chair

Are you looking to build on your social work experience and excel in an inclusive, stable and supportive team environment? Then we will give you the opportunity to achieve this within Birmingham Children’s Trust. 

As a Principal Officer (Child Protection Chair), you will be responsible for chairing multi-agency Child Protection Conferences for some of the City’s most vulnerable children and young people, whilst proactively contributing to improving their safety and wellbeing. Our safety planning is underpinned by the Strengthening Families approach, whereby you will ensure that parents and children are enabled to actively engage, and the child’s voice and lived experience is at the heart of safety planning.

We are a close knit, supportive team. We aim to communicate well with children and parents, building relationships with families and professionals, respectively challenging practitioners where necessary. We seek to create a learning culture within the team and to be accountable for our own development. We have experienced and knowledgeable teams across our workforce, access to key resources, specialist social care services and robust multi-agency partnership working to assist you in achieving the most positive outcomes for children and families.  We are focused on children and young people’s safeguarding and wellbeing, and we know that supporting our workforce in developing their skills and expertise is key to achieving our goals.

You will play a lead role in ensuring that we are achieving consistently good quality practice and performance and your decision-making skills will reflect our relationship-based, trauma informed practice model. 

This is what some professionals and families attending our conferences said:

“The Chair was excellent and managed the whole process so well and in a very empathetic nature.”

“Excellent collaborative work to ensure the best outcomes for the children.”

“The child-centredness approach went really well.”

“The meeting was well run with the dignity of the parent respected.”

Our recent Ofsted Focused visit (Nov21) found us to be:

‘With consistent senior leadership, the trust is establishing a more child-focused culture which supports stronger social work practice. Wide-ranging improvement programmes with key partners are making a positive difference for many children in care.’

Click HERE to read the news story and full letter

About you….

With your social work qualification, a minimum of 5 years post-qualifying experience, registration with Social Work England and strong relevant skills and knowledge in the field, preferably including some managerial experience or at senior practitioner level, you will have sound knowledge of current social work practice and research.  You will also have experience in working with key partner agencies and be part of a wider safeguarding system that seeks to keep the protection of children and young people at its centre.

Your qualifications will be complemented by your exceptional skillset – including maintaining positive relationships, effective communication, sound concise judgement, analytical thinking, teamwork and inclusivity in your approach. 

If you feel this role is just what you’re looking for in your next career chapter, then we would like to hear from you.

About Us…..why we are different as a Trust….

We know and understand that working in social care is hard work and challenging at times, that’s why we reward you with a very attractive employment offer. 

Alongside regular supervision, access to training and shared learning, mental health and well-being support, we offer a wider range of benefits available including competitive rewards and pension, a generous annual leave package with 29 days leave plus bank holidays; Car Leasing Scheme; to name a few.  To find out more click HERE

If you would like to be part of our passionate and dedicated Children’s Trust and are committed to continuous and innovative practice improvement, then don’t hesitate and apply today. 

Please call us at any time, if you need more information about the role or about working for us, please contact Claudia Richter, or Helena Kirk, Assistant Heads of Service Child Protection & Review / 07774337278 or / 07912793617


Interview date 13/12/23