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Anti Racist Practice Lead
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The London borough of Sutton “is uncompromising in its focus on improving quality of frontline social work” – Ofsted

Ofsted  announced in February 2017 that the provision of children’s services in Sutton has been rated as ‘Good’. 

About the Job:

Anti Racist Practice Lead

Salary – (Grade 9): £40,869 - £48,819 (£50,826 unconsolidated maximum through performance related progression)
Fixed Term contract - 12 months 

We are recruiting an Anti Racist Practice Lead who will lead on embedding anti-racist practice with children and families. As a Practice Lead, the post-holder will be part of the Complex Safeguarding & Practice Support Team, supporting effective practice within our Children's social care teams.

One of Sutton Council's core values is diversity and the Council is committed to championing diversity and inclusion not only within the workforce but across the whole borough, including the communities and partner agencies we work with. 

Sutton's population is becoming more diverse and we recognise we need to change the way we work with children and families. To support these changes, Sutton Children's Services and the wider children's partnership have invested in creating this new Practice Lead post. We are seeking to recruit a skilled practitioner with significant experience of anti-oppressive practice to lead improvements in the work we do with children, families and communities. We also recognise that ethnic minority staff are underrepresented in our workforce, especially in senior management roles, and therefore this role will work closely with colleagues in our BAME network, HR colleagues and a recently formed steering group to increase opportunities for inclusive recruitment processes and progression within the organisation.

The postholder will have lead responsibility for championing anti-racist practice across Children's Services and the wider partnership. Working closely with senior management, the postholder will undertake a needs assessment reviewing our people, practice and partnerships and consider ways to promote improved outcomes for those from ethnically diverse backgrounds. We want to ensure that everyone experiences Sutton as a safe and supportive place to live and work and a borough that is fair and inclusive.

As a member of the Complex Safeguarding & Practice Support Team you will work alongside practitioners and managers, offering advice, consultation and coaching to promote effective practice with children and families. The team are involved in developing and delivering training and other learning opportunities for practitioners both within Children's Services but also across the partnership. Your work will promote strengthened relationships between practitioners and communities in the borough. You must have significant practice experience and be able to demonstrate specialist knowledge in, and experience of, anti-oppressive practice and the ability to improve the practice of others as well as the ability to engage with diverse communities. You should also be able to drive change and work well within a multi-agency context.  

The offer includes:

  • A competitive salary

  • An annual leave entitlement of 27 days

  • Use of Zip car scheme

  • Subsidised gym memberships

  • Discounts in local shops

  • Season ticket loan

  • Parking allocation

  • Introduce a friend scheme

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