Transformation Lead – Children’s Services

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Transformation Lead - Children’s Services
Interim Position

K&C 5248960

Posted: 15th May 2024 15:38
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  • Pay Rate:

    £205.05 per day PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 12 months


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InterimTransformation Lead - Children’s Services

Reference no: K&C 5248960

Pay Rate: £205.05 per day PAYE

36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 12 months


The role entails identifying placements across foster care, residential, semi-independent, parent and child -local and national- agreeing best match and fee is crucial- you will undertake duty work and also ensure contracts are completed. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Receive all requests for new or changes of placement for looked after children in order to provide advice and ensure appropriate placement finding processes are followed.
  • Maintain an overview of children’s placements, advising managers on trends and implications, in particularly regarding placement stability and high cost or long-term external placements.
  • Work alongside and support social workers seeking placements, matching and placing children and reviewing and monitoring outcomes.
  • Work closely with the department’s fostering service and children’s homes to maximise the opportunities to place children with in-house resources.
  • Develop and maintain contract arrangements with Private and Voluntary Children’s Homes and Independent Fostering Agencies through the Pan London agreement – replace pan London with commission alliance .
  • Act alongside, or on behalf of social workers, in negotiating the price and contractual arrangements for purchased placements.
  • Assist social workers to monitor outcomes and contract compliance and take up any issues of non-compliance with service providers.
  • Maintain a database of information on placements and give information to, and receive information from, workers in the department and other local authorities.
  • Assist in identifying gaps in placement provision and contribute to the commissioning strategy for LAC.
  • Work within the equalities policy and ensure that the diverse needs of LAC are given due weight in placement recommendations / decisions.

NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly.

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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Due to the number of CVs being sent to us under current market conditions, we cannot, unfortunately, respond to all applications. If, therefore, you have not heard from us within 3 days please make a working assumption that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. We will, however, be very happy to receive future applications from you for other roles

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent evidence of continuing professional development
  • Ideally be a qualified and registered social worker


  • Sound knowledge of Children’s Services either within a local authority setting or the private and voluntary sector 
  • Sound knowledge of the market of Children’s care placements
  • In depth knowledge of childcare market and can show evidence of influencing key stakeholders externally and internally


  • Recent experience, ideally within a local authority,  commissioning a range of placements for looked after children (ages 0-25).
  • Proven experience of managing a placement duty function on a day to day basis. 
  • Experience working collaboratively with partner organisations to maximise opportunities

Skills & Abilities:

  • Good IT and interpersonal skills and a confident communicator
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to establish positive working relationships with staff at all levels, corporate colleagues, external organisations etc to generate confidence, trust and respect
  • Evidenced excellent influencing and negotiation skills to drive and manage change and deliver strategic priorities
  • Able to quality assure placement and ensure compliance with relevant statutory regulations
  • Ability to relate to different people in a variety of contexts.
  • Ability to work with different views and competing pressures.
  • Ability to be calm under pressure, manage competing and conflicting work priorities, and commission the highest quality placements for our looked after children.


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Job Ref: K&C 5248960
Transformation Lead - Children’s Services
Client Category: Local Authority

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Client Category: Local Authority

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