2 January 2019
Helping to ensure that WWC decisions are attuned to the sector, the post holder will build and manage relationships with a wide range of stakeholders across the sector. The post will assist with the design, management and delivery of the Centre’s range of products and services aimed at boosting sector capability, motivation and opportunity to adopt evidence-based practice.
Be the voice of practice within the WWC, advising the Executive Director and other senior executives on issues in children’s social care and on how best to engage the sector, and ensuring that WWC decisions are attuned to the sector.
Provide challenge and support both to the WWC’s leadership (to ensure that a focus on practice remains at the heart of WWC activity and decision-making, and that WWC activity remains relevant to the needs and priorities of the sector) and to the sector (to ensure that leaders and practitioners engage with the challenge of becoming more evidence-minded)
Build and manage relationships with sector stakeholders – within local authorities, VCS organisations, commercial suppliers, academic and research bodies and training providers, as well as with pan-sector organisations (including DfE, Ofsted, LGA, ADCS, BASW, Principal Social Workers Network) – to help ensure effective engagement with the sector.
Ensure the Centre becomes a key stakeholder in the national reform agenda for the sector, engaging with policy processes and with national organisations and initiatives to ensure the Centre’s point of view is communicated to national policy-makers and decision-makers.
Build and develop relationships with children’s social care professionals, and oversee the work of the Centre in supporting and facilitating grassroots-based movements and networks of staff committed to evidence-based practice.
Build and manage partnerships with social work education and training organisations – including universities and bodies such as Frontline - to help build an evidence-informed and research-literate profession.
Promote the Centre and its work through organising and speaking at conferences and events, writing blogs and articles, and engaging in traditional- and social-media activities.
Work closely with the WWC’s communications lead to ensure the development and execution of effective strategies and tactics for communication with the sector.
Work closely with the WWC’s head of research and the Research Partner Consortium to set priorities for research and ensure the development and delivery of effective approaches to the generation and sharing of evidence.
Process management and service delivery
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How to apply
To apply, please send your CV and a supporting statement outlining clearly how you would succeed in the role to [email protected], citing “WWC - Head of Practice” in the subject of the email.
For more information, download the candidate specification.
Deadline for applications: 5.00pm on Friday January 18th 2019.