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Safeguarding Standards Advisor – Residential Quality Assurance

Salary £42,614 – £48,545


What’s in it for you:

We are looking for an exceptional qualified experienced social worker to join our Quality Assurance Team in Dorset at this very exciting time following our recent Ofsted inspection which found the impact of leaders on social work practice with children and families was outstanding. They also recognised that our services for children and families in Dorset are of good quality, that we are continuing to improve and that we have a proven determination to give every child in Dorset a brighter future. This is a newly created post and a great time to join us on our journey in expanding our children’s home provision in Dorset to make it the best that it can be and an exciting opportunity to be part of shaping and developing something different for our children who are in care.

We are child focussed and act with integrity. We have high expectations of ourselves and others, value differences and opinions and lead through positive behaviour. We appreciate and value the contribution of individuals and teams for work well done. We work in collaboration and value the power in combining our personal qualities, skills and experience to achieve a shared goal.

For further information about this role, please call Jane Maclennan on 01305 221354.

What you can expect to be doing:

This role will lead the Reg 44 visits of our expanding residential provision and provide support with general quality assurance within the residential provision which will include data collection, dip sampling and auditing and analysis of findings and development of an action plan to progress identified learning. This will also include tracking of actions and the development of tools to gather feedback from young people and their families as well as providing advice, support and guidance to ensure high quality service provision and that registration requirements are met.

About you:

We are looking for a qualified social worker who has a good understanding of children’s home legislation, national minimum standards, guidance and regulations and Inspection. You will also have experience of working in, or alongside residential children’s homes with a sound working knowledge and understanding of quality assurance. In addition you will have:

  • experience of contributing to policy and strategy development and implementation.
  • high level of report writing, written and oral communication skills.
  • people management skills.
  • ability to deal with complaints.
  • effective negotiation skills.
  • excellent IT skills.

Additional information:

This post is subject to a full DBS and a clean driving licence and car is required

Dorset Council: A great place to work

We’re passionate about making Dorset a great place to live, work and visit. Working for us should be no exception.

At Dorset Council we:

  • provide more than 450 services to over 300,000 residents
  • have ambitious aspirations
  • are excited about our future
  • care about Dorset and all the people who live here
  • know that all roles make a difference and that our employees are key to our success

You will:

  • have access to a range of employee benefits
  • be part of an organisation that supports each other to grow and succeed
  • have access to range of training opportunities which will help with your personal development and career progression

We are challenging ourselves to become a more diverse and inclusive organisation. We recognise that recruitment and inclusion of individuals with diverse skills, perspectives and backgrounds will bring real strength to the council and our communities. We have a commitment to equality and welcome applications from everyone.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We offer an interview to everyone who declares a disability and meets the essential criteria for the role.

We are keen to make our interviews accessible. Let us know on your job application if you have a disability and need any reasonable adjustments.

We also look for applicants who share our commitment to our behaviours. We will ask you to evidence when you have demonstrated them as part of the selection process.

If appointed, the personal information we collect from you will be shared with Cifas who will use it to prevent fraud, other unlawful or dishonest conduct, malpractice, and other seriously improper conduct. If any of these are detected you could be refused certain services or employment. Your personal information will also be used to verify your identity. Further details of how your information will be used by us and Cifas, and your data protection rights, can be found at

You must:

  • have a degree in social work
  • be registered with Social Work England
  • be able to fulfil the travel requirements of the post

See the children’s social worker framework.

See our policy on safeguarding children and young people.

See our adult safeguarding policy.

This post involves working with children and/or vulnerable adults and/or having access to significant information about them.

It will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. See our policy on the employment of ex-offenders.

This role is UK based and we will need to establish your Right to Work as part of the appointment process.

We use generic job descriptions and person specifications. This means the job title on any attachments may differ from the job title in the advert. We may provide specific information in a context statement if relevant.

For more information: Safeguarding Jobs – 2022 |