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Deputy Regional Manager Children’s Residential Services National Private Placement Team and Significant Event Notification Team

County Kidare
 Salary:  See Description for Details
Other   Permanent
Closing Date: 30/11/2020 Closing Time: 12:00
Recruitment start: 05/11/2020

 

Job Summary

The Child and Family Agency was established on 1st January 2014 and is responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It represents the most comprehensive reform of services for the development, welfare and protection of children and the support of families ever undertaken in Ireland. It is an ambitious move which brings together some 4,000 staff who were previously employed within Children and Family Services of the Health Service Executive, the National Educational Welfare Board and the Family Support Agency.

 

The Child and Family Agency has responsibility for the following range of services:

Child Welfare and Protection Services, including family support services

Family Resource Centres and associated national programmes

Early years (pre-school) Inspection Services

Educational Welfare responsibilities including School completion programmes and Home School Liaison

Domestic, sexual and gender based violence services

Services related to the psychological welfare of children

Adoption & Alternative Care

 

Further information is available on www.tusla.ie

The policy of the Child and Family Agency to enable children to live with their own families wherever possible and to support parents where necessary in fulfilling that role.  In circumstances where this is not possible, Residential Care including Special Care remains a valuable option for children who cannot be cared for at home.

The Deputy Manager National Private Placement Team will:

  • Provide oversight and support the management of all national private residential placements that fall under the remit of Children’s Residential Services;
  • To Liase with the Private Providers, Area Managers, Service Directors, Registration and Inspection Services/HIQA, Tusla Legal Teams and other external stakeholders as required.
  • To take part in and attend meetings and teleconferences as required with the above parties and all external stakeholders as required.
  • Responsible for risk management and risk escalations and in assisting with the identification, management and reporting of same to the Senior Manager National Private Placement and external bodies as required.
  • To Provide as required governance, management and oversight of the identified risks and risk escalations.
  • Provide support in the contract management of the private residential providers under the remit of Children’s Residential Services.
  • Provide oversight and management of the Significant Events Notification Team and the National Private Placement Team;
  • Deliver these services in line with national policy and standards;
  • Be required to manage national services or projects, as may be assigned, from time to time, by the Senior Manager National Private Placement Team and Service Director CRS;
  • proactively manage delegated authority, as may be assigned from time to time, by the Senior Manager National Private Placement Team/ Service Director CRS;
  • be responsible for relevant change processes to realign service delivery in line with national policy direction;
  • contribute to regional and national working groups and policy formation as appropriate, for example at project groups, policy implementation etc.
  • Work closely with the Children’s Residential Regional leads and other leads for National Services (EWS, DSGBV and Commissioning) to ensure that service users have access to the comprehensive range of Tusla services, and those most appropriate to their particular circumstances.
  • To work as part of a team to providing oversight ensuring a continuum of care for young people and to support Private Providers and the Child and Family Agency to provide interventions necessary to address the issues that are preventing them from living at home, in foster care or in Community Based Centres in the case of Special Care Interventions.
  • To do so up to a point to be determined by their age, need or development, whereby circumstances are such that it becomes more feasible to help prepare them to live independently with the support of our aftercare services

Job Objectives

Main Duties:

1.Management:

  • To review private placements and support Private Providers to create and maintain a safe, caring and stable environment for the young people placed in the service.

 

  • To support Private Providers to manage their services in accordance with Child and Family Agency policies, guidelines and protocols and with the regulations made by the Minister for Health and Children under the Child Care Act 1991 and other relevant legislation.
     
  • To ensure that all required documentation is in place in line with National Private Placement Protocols and Significant Event Notification Team protocols/procedures, policies & relevant legislation.
     
  • Ensure policies/protocols are implemented and monitored regularly in respect of every of every young person placed in the service on an ongoing basis.
     
  • To ensure the Private Providers are aware of and adhere to their contractual obligations to Tusla Child and Family Agency.
     
  • To support private providers to comply with the Child and Family Agency Admissions and Discharge Policy and in line with the Private Providers contractual agreement.
     
  • Be ever vigilant in the protection of high standards in all aspects of practice and services delivered to children and families, the working environment and the wider organisation.
     
  • Establish staffing and decision-making structures and practices in line with the practice of good governance, for example, clarity regarding decision-making protocols and authorities.
     
  • Ensure staff are supported to understand the importance of governance. Assist staff to develop attitudes and practices supportive of good governance so that it becomes hallmark of the service e.g. accurate and comprehensive record keeping.
     
  • Be proactive in the governance, management and oversight of the            identified risks and risk escalations.
     
  • To assist Tusla Legal Teams on placement related issues in court proceedings.
     
  • To participate in the on-going planning and strategic development of the Child and Family Agency Children’s Residential Services.
     
  • To be responsible for the appropriate use of resources within the service.
     
  • Be focused in always seeking opportunities to continuously improve the services provided to children and families.
     
  • To provide such reports and statistics as required to the Senior Manager National Private Placement Team (or other specified persons) as required in relation to the work of the National Private Placement Team and Significant Event Notification Team.
     
  • Responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the building, furnishings and equipment.
     
  • To adhere to Fire Safety Requirements as specified by the local fire safety authority and the Child and Family Agency Fire Safety Officer.
     
  • To ensure compliance in the unit with the provisions of the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act, (1989) and other relevant legislation.
     
  • Responsible for the identification of staffing requirements in the recruitment, selection and appointment of service /Team management and staff.
     
  • Such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Senior Manager (or other specified person)

 

2. Financial Management:

  • To manage the budget for the service, in compliance with approved budgetary procedures, and to ensure that optimum benefit is achieved from available resources.
     
  • To ensure that expenditure in the service is controlled within agreed cash limits and in compliance with approved procedures.
     
  • To liase with Child and Family Agency Finance Department and provide input information and statistics as required for oversight on financial payments to Private Providers.
     
  • To maintain such records as are required by the Child and Family Agency, or the Minister for Children to ensure that such records are at all times available for inspection by an authorised officer.
     
  • Proficient Knowledge and experience in the use of PowerPoint, excel, word and other similar software.
     
  • To ensure that appropriate financial information for the service is provided to the Senior Manager (or other specified person).

 

3. Staff / Relationship Management:

  • To manage, lead, support and supervise National Private Placement Team and Significant Event Notification Team staff and others as they are assigned.
     
  • To manage designated staff resources ensuring that staff levels and skills mix are appropriate and within the resource allocation.
     
  • To identify in consultation with the Senior Manager National Private Placement Team the training and development requirements for the service.
     
  • To ensure staff records are maintained within guidelines laid down by the Child and Family Agency and the DCYA.
     
  • To participate in relevant professional development and training programmes.
     
  • To attend and participate fully in professional supervision with the Senior Manager.
     
  • To maintain a lead relationship with Private Providers which oversees and is supportive of their efforts to deliver safe and effective services that are in accordance with service agreements in place.

Health & Safety

 

  • Comply with and contribute to the development of policies, procedures, guidelines and safe professional practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the service for example National Standards for Child Protection and Care and comply with associated Tusla – Child and Family Agency protocols for implementing and maintaining these standards as appropriate to the role.
  • To support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.

 

The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office. 

Skills Required

Applicants must by the closing date of application have the following:

 

  1. Ordinary Bachelor's Degree in Childcare awarded by a recognised body (Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications) or the National Diploma in Childcare awarded by HETAC / DIT.

or

  1. Ordinary Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Social Care Studies awarded by a recognised body (Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications) or the National Diploma in Applied Social Care Studies awarded by HETAC / DIT.

or

  1. Ordinary Bachelor’s Degree in Social Care awarded by a recognised body (Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications) or the Diploma in Social Care awarded by HETAC / DIT.

or

  1. Diploma in Applied Social Studies / Social Care from DIT.

or

  1. Ordinary Bachelor's Degree in Social Care Practice awarded by a recognised body (Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

or

  1. Ordinary Bachelor's Degree in Applied Social Studies (Disabilities) awarded by a recognised body (Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications) or the National Diploma in Applied Social Studies (Disabilities), The Open Training College (HETAC Accredited).

or

vii) an equivalent social care qualification from another jurisdiction.

AND

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a Social Care Manager Grade in a Children’s Residential Centre as relevant to the role
  • The requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.

 

 

Health

A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

 

Character

Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good

character



 
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