Are you experienced as service manager or looking for step up in your career? Durham County Council are currently looking for a service manager to join their Looked After Residential Team on a full time 3 month contract. Responsibilities Ensuring children and young people are safeguarded, well cared for, achieving outcomes and where their views and wishes are listened to.Direct line management of the Team Managers and oversight of the wider residential team. Act as a link between the Service and Ofsted during and between Inspections. Take a lead role in ensuring legislation and guidance is adhered to, providing advice and oversight as required. Lead the implementation of the audit programme across the residential homes. This will include, but not be exclusive to Regulation 44 and Regulation 45. Develop systems and tools which support the quality improvement requirements and priorities of the service in line with the regulations and quality standards. Based on improvement themes that emerge from audit activity, work with team managers, registered managers and their teams to improve aspects of practice that will assist them in delivering an outstanding residential offer. Lead on the development of policies and guidance that will support the delivery of high-quality practice standards and processes which ensure high quality practice standards and records. Work closely with colleagues to ensure Children's Homes have a robust and modern approach to induction, management development and continued professional development. Gather and analyse the feedback from our children and young people, their families and champions to understand how we are doing and what else we could achieve. Lead on the development of plans for service and practice improvement both within individual homes and across the residential service. Support registered managers in their preparation for Inspection. Play a key role in sharing information on the progress of the service through data and reporting. Use researching and learning from best practice regionally and nationally to inform practice standards. Work in accordance with DCC Human Resources policies and procedures including supervision, appraisal, sickness management, health and safety and safe recruitment. Manage a designated budget and ensuring that all available resources are co-ordinated and managed achieving value for money in all circumstances through the monitoring and control of expenditure Any other duties appropriate to the role and grade. Benefits of Randstad £150 to any new social workers who join Randstad after 12 weeks in an assignment £300 worth of vouchers for anyone who refers a social worker over to us https://www.randstad.co.uk/refer-a-friend/ Offer £150 to any social workers who source their own job and refer to the agency (you will receive after completing 4 weeks) Access to over 30 courses - free of charge- keep your CPD up to date every year Access to Happi App - where you get access to discounts to shops A committed & dedicated consultant The successful candidate mustBe a qualified social worker with 2 years post-qualified experience. Be Social Work England registered. If you wish to apply for this role or would like to discuss other opportunities available within social care please contact Neil Gray on 01912331381 orhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/neil-gray-a7978018a/Randstad Care acts as an employment business when supplying temporary staff and as an employment agency when introducing candidates for permanent employment with a client. Randstad Care is an equal opportunities employer and decisions are made on merits alone.Did you know that Randstad Care have been awarded a place on the National Clinical Staffing Framework for the NHS? This means we will be able to bring you more opportunities within nursing & midwifery and clinical staffing.