Head of Regional Adoption Agency

SpinWell Global
£450 per day
26 Apr 2021
04 May 2021
Professional / Specialist
Public Sector
Contract Type
  • Role: Head of Regional Adoption Agency - HQ00020982
  • Contract Length: Up to three months initially
  • Location: Huntingdon
  • IR35: InScope
  • Pay Rate to intermediary : £450 per day

Overall purpose of the job
  • To lead the ongoing development and delivery of an integrated Regional Adoption Agency (RAA) providing high quality Adoption services and improving performance and outcomes across the RAA footprint.
  • To collaborate with the other RAAs to champion Adoption and contribute to the strategic planning and delivery at both a local and national level.
  • To provide inspirational leadership promoting the value of permanence and the benefits of adopting through the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough RAA.
  • To develop the service to meet the needs of children with a plan for adoption and those who have been adopted, birth parents and adult adoptees by ensuring that practice is informed by the best evidence base.
  • To fulfil the statutory responsibilities around adoption for the councils Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
  • To develop and lead the management team, providing strategic direction for high performing and motivated staff teams.

Main accountabilities
  • To lead strategic development and service delivery within the Regional Adoption Agency and to work closely with the RAA board to agree priorities for strategic development, service objectives, service delivery and policy and process changes.
  • Facilitate links and co-operation with agencies to deliver co-ordinated and effective services as part of a multi-agency approach
  • To take lead responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons / vulnerable adults and those who you come into contact with.
  • Monitor the safeguarding responsibilities, performance and training of the team members whom they manage.
  • To provide a clear sense of purpose and direction within the RAA and to lead the achievement of strategic and service objectives.
  • To provide expert advice and guidance to the RAA Board on the development, implementation and ongoing review of the Regional Adoption Agency.
  • To work closely with the RAA Board to ensure the RAA is sustainable and business resilient.
  • To provide clear and visible leadership to the RAA and to ensure delivery of high quality Adoption services.
  • To ensure the RAA delivers improved services, including recruitment of Adopters, placement and matching activity, support for children, Adopters and birth families support and integration with care planning services across the partner agencies in order to drive improved outcomes.
  • To be the principal advisor to the RAA Board on issues relating to the RAA's services and to ensure that the service is flexible and responsive to local, regional and national trends and to changes in priorities and to ensure RAA services meet the requirements of the legislation, regulation and guidance frameworks.
  • To take the lead role in the development of innovative approaches to the delivery of RAA services, including ensuring effective collaboration with the RAA's Voluntary Sector partners and the wider voluntary sector.
  • To be accountable for a large and complex budget and to be responsible for effective deployment of resources to meet statutory and regulatory requirements, best practice standards and innovation.
  • To ensure effective communication and liaison with key individuals in Local Authority Partners including Elected Members and Directors.
  • To ensure effective communication, liaison and collaboration with other RAA's, in particular those across the eastern region, Joint Commissioning Boards, Health Providers, independent and voluntary sector providers in order to maximise opportunities for the RAA.
  • To develop and model cultural change and promote communication that is clear, effective and transparent at all levels across RAA services.
  • To embed a strong leadership culture focusing on high quality performance, driving continuous improvement and playing a key role in enabling and encouraging creative and productive networks to form.
  • To contribute to the design for commissioning and procurement of high quality and cost effective services, in conjunction with specialist commissioning and contracting staff, to ensure an appropriate range of high quality and effective services are available, as determined by needs analysis, in a manner which maximises opportunities, ensures operational delivery is in line with commissioning intentions and evidences value for money.
  • To be responsible for the co-ordination and production of timely and accurate data reports, providing analysis of the performance of the RAA as a whole and of that of each constituent partner.
  • To be responsible for ensuring that children, young people, Adoptive families and birth parents are enabled to fully participate in the planning and evaluation of services provided by the RAA.
  • To be accountable for the allocated budget of the RAA and to negotiate across financial systems in each partner agency, ensuring compliance with Financial Regulations and to work closely with the RAA Board to deliver efficiencies as required.
  • To be accountable for compliance with DFE expectations in terms of funding and reporting and to produce an annual business plan and a Regional Adoption Agency Annual Report.
  • To be responsible for, in partnership with each constituent partner, the effective recruitment and retention of staff in the RAA and to utilise the annual appraisal process, so that individual and service objectives are achieved
  • To undertake other duties commensurate to the grade of the post.

Qualifications Required
  • Degree
  • Post graduate