Senior Panel Officer Jobs in Edinburgh
You will be responsible for overseeing the efficient and effective running of our three respite homes providing our wrap-round services:
- Stress busting Residential Respite Breaks, giving young carers the opportunity to make happy memories.
- Three- week SEAL education booster program including a four-day residential stay at Honeypot, to help young carers who struggle to progress in school due to poor confidence and self- belief that they can learn, to find the confidence that they can succeed in education.
- Wellbeing grants, for essential items no child should lack, such as a clean bed, or new school clothes.
- Face to face outreach including memory making days out at the beach, countryside, or fun park for young carers who never get this experience.
- Pastoral Care promoting the welfare of children and ensuring their needs are being met.
- Healthy Eating and Nutrition, for children who receive free school meals during term time but resort to sugary drinks and snacks during school holidays. Honeypot helps children to perfect a healthy signature dish and provides funds for the ingredients.
- Urgent Pastoral Care, for young carers and their families, who are struggling to cope.
As Operations Director you will be an integral part of the Senior Leadership Team with the responsibility of developing and embedding the new 3-year plan and the Charity’s values, ensuring service delivery supports the overall business strategy and plans of Honeypot, whilst meeting budget guidelines.
Please see the JD for full details.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
Job Title - Agency Decision Maker and Policy Lead
Pay - £52,939 per annum plus £750 per annum Homeworking Allowance and £3777 per annum London Weighting (if eligible)
Hours - Full Time - 35 Hours per week
Contract - Permanent
Location – Homebased in the UK with occasional travel for in person meetings and training
As a ‘not for profit’ organisation, TACT puts the needs of our children and carers first and look to appoint individuals who are as passionate about fostering as we are. TACT invests all surplus income into staff, carers, and child development. This means that we have been able to establish expert in-house support services such as our TACT Health and Education Services and create TACT Connect, our ground-breaking scheme for care experienced young people and adults. New staff will join us as we embark on a journey to become a wholly trauma-informed organisation with the aim of increasing our effectiveness and improving outcomes for the children and young people in our care.
We pride ourselves on our flexible working opportunities, an extensive wellbeing programme and our benefits package, all curated to support a healthy work-life balance for all our staff. We will also invest in your learning, supporting you to grow and develop during your employment with TACT. You will be encouraged to attend personal and professional development opportunities and will have access to learning and resources to empower you to advance your knowledge and skills.
We are currently the 4th Best Charity to work for and the 16th Best Mid-Sized Company in the UK according to The Best Companies criteria and our survey results have evidenced “outstanding” levels of engagement amongst staff in recent years. You can view our Best Companies summary video here.
Working directly to the CEO, this exciting new role at TACT will provide a varied and influential range of duties. The role will combine fostering Agency Decision Maker responsibilities with leading on policy and research review. The role will be responsible for exploring and collating policy and guidance on internal and external best practice, with a view to it informing best practice across TACT . The role will inform and guide the advancement of specialist services within TACT to enable excellent care to children, that is also responsive to the emerging needs of the sector.
Main Duties of the Agency Decision Maker and Policy Lead:
- Responsibility for decision making and approval of foster carer registration and renewals.
- Leading on compliance with regulatory requirements, requiring up to date knowledge of legislation, case law and policy development.
- Monitoring and guiding fostering panel performance and improvement.
- Responsibility for national and regional policy and research and coordination of the Policies and Procedures Board.
The Agency Decision Maker and Policy Lead will be:
- A registered and experienced senior social work manager with experience of the Decision Maker role.
- Knowledgeable of child protection and safeguarding regulations and current and developing legislation.
- Skilled in research / policy development and be able to draft policy documents and submissions.
- Confident in chairing and facilitating meetings and have the ability to influence and negotiate with a range of stakeholders at all levels of the organisation.
- An excellent time manager, administrator and communicator, with the ability to self organise and be an effective team member in a remote working organisation.
- Have a positive and flexible attitude to change and development, be able to generate and use creative and innovative techniques in developing and implementing new policies and practices.
TACT offer an excellent employee benefits package including:
- 31 days paid holiday plus bank holidays (pro rata if part time).
- Flexible working arrangements (including compressed hours, flexibility around core hours, and volunteer days policy).
- Family-friendly policies.
- Homeworking ‘bundle’ including annual allowance of £750, IT equipment and a loan for home office set up.
- Stakeholder pension scheme (salary sacrifice) and life insurance from day one.
- Employee Assistance Programme (including free CBT counselling, remote GP appointments, physiotherapy, mental health support and second opinions).
- Fantastic professional learning and personal development opportunities.
The Agency Decision Maker and Policy Lead will be homebased within England, Scotland or Wales and will be required to travel occasionally for face-to-face meetings and training.
An Enhanced DBS clearance is required for this role and will be processed by TACT on your behalf.
- Closing Date: Wednesday 13th December 2023
- Interview Date: Tuesday 9th January 2024 (via Microsoft Teams)
Safeguarding is everyone’s business and TACT believes that only the people with the right skills and values should work in social work. As part of TACT’s commitment to safeguarding, we properly examine the skills, experience, qualifications, and values of potential staff in relation to our work with vulnerable young children. We use rigorous and consistent recruitment approaches to help safeguard TACT’s young people. All our staff are expected to work in line with TACT’s safeguarding policies.
TACT does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.
Contract type: Permanent
Hours per week: 35
Salary: £29,857 (FTE)
Closing date: 2nd January 2024
Interview date: 8th January 2024
Do you want to join our commitment to ensure no family faces cancer alone?
We are looking for a standout relationship manager to join our fantastic team of fundraisers who work tirelessly to raise funds for Young Lives vs Cancer. This is a role of variety, opportunity and innovation and we are looking for someone who embraces change and constantly strives to achieve more.
A great personality and team ethic are really important in this role as you will maximise income for Young Live vs Cancer by coaching our supporters to reach their goals, whilst seeking out new fundraising opportunities for your geographical area. This role sits within the ‘Supporter Experience’ team, and we need someone with natural customer service skills who wants to deliver a legendary experience to all of their supporters. Your team of supporters will range from volunteers and individuals to groups and local corporates.
We are not your average employer, nor are we looking for an average candidate in a 9-5 role. What we offer is the flexibility and adaptivity to ensure that your personal work/life balance is taken care of. Whether it is finishing early for an appointment, picking up from school or further education, we can help to make it work for you. Many of the team work condensed or flexible hours to suit their individual circumstance so we would love to discuss your needs more at interview.
Experience within a similar role, or within the charity sector, would be great but we know that a lot of the most important skills in this role are easily transferable from another sector. We want the right person, and we will invest in training the right candidate. The skills we are looking for in this role are:
- Strong prioritisation skills
- Great communicator
- Emotionally intelligent
- Master at storytelling
- Epic at relationship building.
- Great at spotting opportunities
- Team player
The must haves:
- A full UK driving licence and access to a car (including business insurance)
- A sufficient Broadband connection if home based.
- Live in the East or West Midlands of England. Candidates who live outside of the local authority should highlight an intention to relocate to the area in their covering letter for their application to be considered.
This post is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.
If you think this sounds like you then please have a read of the attached job specification. If you would like to discuss the role before applying, then we welcome these informal chats.
At Young Lives vs Cancer, we recognise that opportunities for too many people remain a condition of their race, class, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation – or a combination. This has never been acceptable to us as an organisation.
We are committed to taking anti-oppressive action and removing barriers in our recruitment practices. We particularly welcome applications from members of minoritised communities and creating equitable opportunities for all. We are passionately committed to taking actions and making changes to be a truly diverse, inclusive, and equitable organisation, as well as reflective of the diverse children and young people we support. Click here to find out more about our Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging strategy.
We are committed to providing reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process and we’ll always endeavour to be as accommodating as possible. Please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss any specific requirements.
What we offer
Every quarter we offer a wellbeing and development day where no meetings are held. It’s a day for everyone to spend time on whatever supports their own personal wellbeing and professional development – whether that’s catching up with training, life admin, exercise or reading. There is no prescription to these days as we know everyone is unique.
You may also have experience in the following: Fundraising Manager, Senior Fundraising Manager, Fundraising Engagement Manager, Senior Fundraising Engagement Manager, Fundraising Engagement, Community Engagement, Senior Fundraising Officer, Fundraising, Fundraiser, Senior Fundraiser, Business Development, Business Development Manager, Account Manager, Account Management, Supporter Engagement, Relationship Management, Customer Relationship Manager, Client Relationship Manager, Charity, Charities, NFP, Not for Profit, Third Sector etc.
Can you make sure that kinship carers in England receive high quality, user centred training online and in person?
About the role
We have been awarded the Department for Education contract to deliver high quality training to kinship carers across England. You will be responsible for delivering high quality online and face-to-face training and managing a team of inhouse facilitators and external partners.
This is a new team so you will need to be someone who is comfortable with a high level of ambiguity and who is able to build outcome and target driven services from a user centred approach. We have a lot to do over the next 18 months.
From April 2024 to March 2025, your team will need to deliver exceptional training to 4,000 kinship carers in England through in person and online sessions. These are divided into introductory and advanced training. We will be delivering at least 16 roadshows across England so travel will be required in this role. In person training will also involve experiential learning in peer support groups and community venues. Introductory training will be delivered in-house.
You will also work with external expert facilitators and partners to develop new advanced training sessions and modules. Subject experts within Kinship, will also deliver training and you will need to ensure content and delivery meets a consistent standard.
The right person will need to work collaboratively with colleagues across Kinship and be used to working in cross-functional teams. You’ll need to be curious, detail orientated with an improvement mindset.
What we’ll offer you
Kinship offers 30 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part time) as well as a generous pension scheme. This fixed-term role is open to flexible working (school hours would be considered). We have an excellent wellbeing offer including the Employee Assistance Programme and clinical supervision. We will invest in your professional development with training and career development opportunities.
Kinship is committed to championing equality, diversity and inclusion. We believe our work is greatly enhanced by the varied backgrounds, experiences and views represented within our teams. We aim to create inclusive teams, celebrate differences and encourage everyone to join us and be their true self at work. We therefore encourage applications from anyone who fits our values, whatever their religion or belief, sex, gender identity, race, age, sexuality or disability and are actively seeking candidates that can bring real innovation and commitment to us.
This is a fantastic time to join a supportive and well-established team within an organisation with rapid growth ambitions. This role will be what you make it and we’re looking for someone to seize this opportunity!
Please apply for this role through BeApplied. You will be asked to answer five questions and attach your CV. You will have max 250 words per answer.
- Describe how your experience and your values are a good fit for this role
- This service needs to deliver 4,000 training experiences for kinship carers over 1 year, please clearly describe your experience of delivering high quality training at this scale and pace.
- If you were offered the role, what would you prioritise in the first two months and why? Tell us about what you’d need to find out and what would be your approach to the role.
- Please describe how you would ensure that training is meeting the needs of kinship carers (think about outcomes, evaluation and participation).
- How would ensure your team are motivated, high performing and delivering exceptional training – both in person and online?
Application deadline: 9:00am on Wednesday 13 December 2023
Interview date: Tuesday 19 December 2023 – in-person (Vauxhall). It is anticipated that this will be a one stage in-person interview process, but this may change depending on the volume and calibre of applications.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.